KLAS-TV

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KLAS-TV
KLAS-TV 8 logo.png
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Las Vegas, Nevada
United States
BrandingChannel 8 (general)
8 News Now (newscasts)
ChannelsDigital: 7 (VHF)
Virtual: 8 (PSIP)
Affiliations8.1: CBS
8.2: MeTV
8.3: Movies!
8.4: Ion Television
33.3: TBD
33.4: This TV
33.5: Comet
OwnerNexstar Media Group
LicenseeNexstar Broadcasting, Inc.
First air dateJuly 8, 1953 (67 years ago) (1953-07-08)
Call sign meaningLAS Vegas
(also IATA code for McCarran International Airport)
Former channel number(s)Analog:
8 (VHF, 1953–2009)
Former affiliationsSecondary:
ABC (1953–1956)
Transmitter power30.1 kW
Height609.1 m (1,998 ft)
Facility ID35042
Transmitter coordinates35°56′45.1″N 115°2′38.3″W / 35.945861°N 115.043972°W / 35.945861; -115.043972
Licensing authorityFCC
Public license informationProfile
CDBS
Websitewww.8newsnow.com

KLAS-TV, virtual channel 8 (VHF digital channel 7), is a CBS-affiliated television station licensed to Las Vegas, Nevada, United States. The station is owned by Nexstar Media Group. KLAS-TV's studios are located on Channel 8 Drive near the northern portion of the Las Vegas Strip in the unincorporated community of Winchester (though with a Las Vegas mailing address), and its transmitter is located on Mount Arden in Henderson.

History[edit]

Early years[edit]

KLAS-TV initially broadcast a test pattern for two weeks, beginning on July 8, 1953. The station went on-air on the evening of July 22, 1953, becoming Nevada's first television station.[1][2] The station was originally owned by Las Vegas Television Inc., run by Hank Greenspun, owner of the Las Vegas Sun. KLAS has always been a CBS affiliate, but maintained a secondary affiliation with ABC, which it would share with KLRJ/KORK-TV (channel 3, now KSNV-DT) from that station's sign on in January 1955, until KSHO-TV (channel 13, now KTNV-TV) debuted in May 1956.[citation needed] Billionaire and aviation magnate Howard Hughes enjoyed staying up late and watching television, and he wanted KLAS to broadcast all night for him to watch. Hughes also requested the station to play more films about airplanes and cowboys. He eventually decided to purchase the station so he could have it operate as he wanted.[3] Greenspun sold the station to Hughes Tool Company on March 30,1968.[4] After Hughes' death in 1976, the station was held in an outside trust for another two years until 1978, when it was sold to Landmark Communications (Landmark Communications renamed itself to Landmark Media Enterprises in September 2008).

Since 1996[edit]

On April 16, 1996, KLAS-TV became the first commercial television station in Nevada (and one of the first in the United States) to carry a digital broadcast signal. This signal was first launched during the National Association of Broadcasters annual convention that year. On April 6, 2000, the first scheduled high definition network broadcasts in Las Vegas began on KLAS' digital signal.

On January 30, 2008, Landmark announced its intention to sell KLAS, along with its other television station WTVF in Nashville.[5] No suitable buyer for KLAS was found until Landmark took most of its properties off the market in October 2008 due to the economic recession. KLAS and WTVF remained under Landmark ownership for more than four years.

On September 4, 2012, Journal Broadcast Group (owners of one of KLAS' local rivals, ABC affiliate KTNV-TV) announced that it would purchase WTVF for $215 million. The sale was finalized on December 6.[6] This left KLAS-TV as the only television station in Landmark's portfolio.

On November 21, 2014, Nexstar Broadcasting Group announced that it would purchase KLAS for $145 million.[7] The sale was completed on February 13, 2015.[8]

On January 29, 2016, shortly prior to Super Bowl 50, KLAS was dropped from Cox Cable due to a retransmission consent dispute with Nexstar across nine markets. As a contingency plan, Cox announced on February 3, 2016 that it would offer a free preview of ESPN Deportes (which was broadcasting the game in Spanish) over the Super Bowl weekend, and encouraged viewers to listen to the English radio broadcast along with it. The next day, KLAS was restored after Cox reached a new deal with Nexstar.[9][10]

On December 3, 2018, Nexstar announced it would acquire the assets of Chicago-based Tribune Media for $6.4 billion in cash and debt. The deal—which would make Nexstar the largest television station operator by total number of stations upon its expected closure late in the third quarter of 2019—would give KLAS additional sister stations in nearby markets including Los Angeles (CW affiliate KTLA) and San Diego (Fox affiliate KSWB-TV). (An ownership conflict exists in Salt Lake City between Nexstar's duopoly of ABC affiliate KTVX and CW affiliate KUCW and Tribune's Fox affiliate KSTU.)[11][12][13][14][15][16][17][18][19][20]

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[21]
8.1 1080i 16:9 KLAS-HD Main KLAS-TV programming / CBS
8.2 480i MeTV MeTV
8.3 Movies Movies![22]
8.4 ION Ion Television
33.3 TBD ATSC 1.0 simulcast of KVCW-DT3 / TBD
33.4 THIS-TV ATSC 1.0 simulcast of KVCW-DT4 / This TV
33.5 ATSC 1.0 simulcast of KVCW-DT5 / Comet

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

KLAS-TV shut down its analog signal, over VHF channel 8, on June 12, 2009, the official date in which full-power television stations in the United States transitioned from analog to digital broadcasts under federal mandate. The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition VHF channel 7.[23][24] Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former VHF analog channel 8.

Programming[edit]

Syndicated programming seen on KLAS-TV includes Live with Kelly and Ryan, Jeopardy!, Wheel of Fortune, and Dr. Phil; the latter three shows are distributed by CBS Television Distribution. The station clears the entire CBS network schedule, though Let's Make a Deal leads out of The Bold and the Beautiful after the noon news and into The Talk, which is unusual scheduling for CBS' daytime programming, allowing Dr. Phil to be led into by The Talk.

In 2020, KLAS was named an official broadcast partner of the NFL's Las Vegas Raiders along with carrying the bulk of the team's games by virtue of CBS' carriage of the AFC contract, the station also carries the weekly highlight program The Silver & Black Show, the Raiders pre-game show on Sunday mornings, the Season Preview Show, and provides exclusive traffic and weather reports leading up to and including game days.[25]

Notable news staff[edit]

Bob Stoldal joined KLAS as a reporter and anchor in 1967, before becoming the network's news director in 1970.[26] Sue Lowden joined KLAS as a reporter in 1978, and later became an anchor.[27] Gary Waddell became an anchor in 1980.[28] Lowden departed the station in 1987,[27] and Paula Francis joined as an anchor the following year. George Knapp has also been a longtime anchor for the station.[29] Polly Gonzalez joined KLAS in 1994,[30] becoming the first prime-time Hispanic anchor in Las Vegas.[31]

In 2002, Stoldal was named as vice president of news, overseeing operations for KLAS while retaining his position as news director.[26] Dave Courvoisier, a former anchor for KVBC, was hired as a KLAS anchor in 2003.[32][33][34] Gonzalez worked as a KLAS anchor until her death from an auto accident in 2005.[35] She was widely remembered,[36][37][38][39] and a memorial park was later opened.[40][41] Gonzalez was replaced by Denise Valdez as anchor.[42]

Stoldal retired in 2008, as he felt the timing was right considering Landmark Communications' intentions to sell KLAS.[43][44][45] Dayna Roselli became a fulltime morning anchor in 2008, after joining KLAS four years earlier as a helicopter reporter and also working as a fill-in and traffic anchor.[46] Roselli was considered one of Las Vegas' prominent media figures.[46][47] She left KLAS in 2012,[47] when the station added two new anchors in an effort to increase morning ratings. The effort ultimately failed to produce a notable change in the ratings, and one of the new anchors, Shauna Khorrami, was fired after eight months.[48][49]

Waddell retired in 2012, after spending 32 years with KLAS. Waddell had become the longest-serving news anchor in Las Vegas.[28][50][51][52] Francis left KLAS in 2016 to retire as well,[29][53][54] and was replaced by Valdez.[55] Courvoisier retired in 2017. He had anchored news in the Las Vegas market for 27 years.[56] Tedd Florendo and Sherry Swensk are the channel's weather presenters.[57][58][59][60]

News operation[edit]

George Knapp and Matt Adams of KLAS-TV at the 68th Annual Peabody Awards

KLAS-TV presently broadcasts 35½ hours of locally produced newscasts each week (with six hours each weekday, two hours on Saturdays and 3½ hours on Sundays); in addition, the station also produces an additional five hours of local newscasts for its MeTV subchannel (with one hour each weekday). Although channel 8 does not produce a Saturday edition of its morning newscast, 8 News Now: Good Day, the station does produce a newscast which airs for 3 hours weekday mornings from 4 to 7 a.m. and on Sunday mornings for an hour at 5:30 a.m. and a half-hour af 8 a.m., since channel 8 airs the Saturday edition of CBS This Morning. The evening news runs at 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. and is anchored by Denise Valdez, Paul Joncich and Christianne Klein.

KLAS previously branded its newscasts as Eyewitness News, taking over the name from 1982 after KVBC discontinued using the branding, and used it until late 2009, when its newscasts adopted the 8 News Now title. In the early 1980s, the station's newscasts were branded as Newscenter 8, and used the opening Phenix Horns music of Earth, Wind & Fire's 1979 single "In the Stone" for two years. On September 21, 1981, KLAS-TV became the first station in the state of Nevada to provide hour-long newscasts. For years, KLAS produced a daily interview show, which aired on sister channel Las Vegas One; the program moved to NBC affiliate KVBC (channel 3, now KSNV) in January 2010.

Beginning in the fall of 2002, KLAS produced a 10 p.m. newscast for KTUD-CA called Eyewitness News at 10 on UPN. In the fall of 2006, when KTUD became an independent station, that station was rebranded on-air as "Vegas TV" and the newscasts was renamed to suit the new identity. Shortly after the merger, however, the station dropped the 10 p.m. newscast. KTUD later revived its 10 p.m. newscast, this time produced by KSNV, from October 2009 to August 2010.

In March 2006, KLAS revamped the station's morning newscast, which was branded as Eyewitness News This Morning at the time.

On September 17, 2006, KLAS became the first station in the Las Vegas market and the state of Nevada, and the eleventh station in the United States, to begin broadcasting its local newscasts in high definition.

Just after Nexstar purchased the station, it was announced that Nexstar might discontinue the 4 a.m. and 4:30 a.m. half-hours of the station's weekday morning newscast. Starting on February 25, 2015, Nexstar would lay off at least 18 of the station's employees, mainly in the news department's business and traffic divisions; some jobs related to the station's Internet operations were also removed as the station's web operations moved onto Nexstar's Lakana platform. The station's news helicopter was also discontinued.[61][62][63][64]

On October 10, 2018, channel 8 began producing an hour-long weeknight 9 p.m. newscast for its MeTV-affiliated digital subchannel, making it the only television station in Las Vegas to air a local newscast in that timeslot.

Reception[edit]

KLAS has won more than 100 awards for its news coverage,[65] including investigative documentaries about the American Mafia and UFOs.[2] In 1986, United Press International awarded it "Best Newscast in America". As of 1992, it frequently dominated ratings in local newscasts.[65] In 2011, KLAS received 19 nominations from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, eclipsing its rival news stations.[66] Channel 8 has been the ratings leader in the Las Vegas market for many years. However, the station did not finish in first place in any timeslot as of the May 2015 sweeps period and dropped to last place in some timeslots. Rivals KTNV, KVVU and KSNV had eroded ratings for KLAS' newscasts.[67]

Translators[edit]

KLAS' signal is relayed throughout Nevada and parts of Arizona on the following translator stations:

City of license Callsign Channel
Caliente K09FL-D 9
Ely K24GY-D 24
Ely & McGill K50IY-D 50
Eureka K51GR-D 51
Kingman, Arizona K31BI-D 31
Laughlin K22DR 22
Lund & Preston K47HV-D 47
Overton K18IP-D 18
Pahrump K24BY-D 24
K30PR-D 30
Panaca K06DM-D 6
Pioche K09FJ-D 9
Ruth K03DS-D 3
Ursine K09FK-D 9

Heliport[edit]

KLAS Channel 8 Heliport – (FAA LID: NV38) (currently not in use by station)

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