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San Jose/San Francisco/
Oakland, California
United States
City San Jose, California
Branding KQED Plus
Slogan Brilliantly British
Channels Digital: 50 (UHF)
(to share with KQED on 32 (UHF))
Virtual: 54 (PSIP)
Subchannels (see article)
Affiliations PBS
Owner Northern California Public Broadcasting
First air date October 19, 1964; 52 years ago (1964-10-19)
Call letters' meaning portmanteau of KQED and former KTEH call sign
Sister station(s) KQED, KQET, KQED-FM
Former callsigns KTEH (1964–2011)
Former channel number(s) Analog:
54 (UHF, 1964–2009)
Former affiliations NET (1964–1970)
Transmitter power 310 kW
Height 661.8 meters (2,171 ft)
Facility ID 35663
Transmitter coordinates 37°29′17″N 121°51′59″W / 37.48806°N 121.86639°W / 37.48806; -121.86639Coordinates: 37°29′17″N 121°51′59″W / 37.48806°N 121.86639°W / 37.48806; -121.86639
Licensing authority FCC
Public license information: Profile
Website www.kqed.org/tv

KQEH, virtual channel 54 (UHF digital channel 50), is a PBS member station serving the San Francisco Bay Area that is licensed to San Jose, California, United States. The station is owned by KQED, Inc., alongside sister station KQED (channel 9) in San Francisco, its satellite KQET (channel 25) in Watsonville and NPR member radio station KQED-FM (88.5). The three stations share studios and offices located on Mariposa Street in San Francisco's Mission District, The KQEH transmitter is located on Monument Peak (Milpitas, California).


KTEH's last logo before merging with KQED, used from 1993 through March 2008.

The station first signed on the air on October 19, 1964, as KTEH. In the late 1990s, KTEH bought KCAH in Watsonville, which was founded in 1989 to serve as the PBS station for the Monterey/Salinas/Santa Cruz market. Before being acquired by KQED, KTEH maintained a Technical Volunteer program, which allowed volunteers to learn how to operate cameras, audio, shading, directing and other production and technical responsibilities, while minimizing its costs. These volunteers made up the technical crews for all of their pledge drives and auction programming, as well as other occasional live broadcasts.

In 2006, KQED and the KTEH Foundation agreed to merge to form Northern California Public Broadcasting, a name that was changed back to KQED, Inc. in 2011.[1] As a result of the merger, KCAH changed its call letters to KQET on August 12, 2007. Subsequently on October 1, 2007, KQET, which became a satellite of KTEH following its acquisition of the station, switched programming sources from KTEH to KQED. KQEH's programming is carried on the second digital subchannel of KQET.

Last logo as KTEH, used from March 2008 to 2011.

In December 2010, the Board of Directors of Northern California Public Broadcasting changed the organization's name to KQED Inc. The station changed its call letters to KQEH and rebranded as "KQED Plus" on July 1, 2011, after research found that most viewers were unaware that KTEH was related to KQED; other aspects of the station's operation, including programming and staff, were not affected by this change.[2]

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

The station's digital channel is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[3]
54.1 480i 4:3 KQED+ Main KQEH programming / PBS
54.2 KQED Simulcast of KQED
54.3 LIFE KQED Life (PBS Encore)
54.4 KIDS KQED Kids
54.5 World KQED World

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

KQEH (as KTEH) shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 54, on June 12, 2009, as part of the federally mandated transition from analog to digital television.[4] The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 50, using PSIP to display KQEH's virtual channel as 54 on digital television receivers, which was among the high band UHF channels (52-69) that were removed from broadcasting use as a result of the transition.


The station's daytime hours on weekdays are dominated by children's programming, including Dinosaur Train, Sesame Street and Wild Kratts. Weeknights begin with news programming – the Nightly Business Report and BBC World News – followed by mostly United Kingdom-originating dramas and comedies (such as EastEnders and Are You Being Served?). Weeknight prime-time contains mainly documentaries (like American Experience and Nature) and drama (such as Masterpiece Theatre and Mystery!). During the weekend, KQEH's morning schedule features children's programming, middays and afternoons contain a mix of instructional (home and cooking), entertainment, travel and cultural shows, and evenings present mostly British scripted shows. The current slogan for British programming on KQEH reflects this.

Programming history[edit]

Starting in April 1981, KTEH started showing the British science-fantasy show Doctor Who, which ran on the station until January 2003. On April 10, 2007, Doctor Who returned to the station with the airing of the programme's 2005 revival. KTEH has also aired another British sci-fi show, Red Dwarf. In 1998, KTEH aired the entire eighth series of Red Dwarf in one night. In doing so, many episodes were shown on KTEH before their broadcast on British television.[5][6]

KTEH was also the first to air Neon Genesis Evangelion (subtitled) in America, as well as dubbed) Tenchi Muyo! Ryo-Ohki and Tenchi Universe TV series. These shows were later shown on Cartoon Network's Toonami programming block. Other anime that have aired on KTEH include, but were not limited to, Bubblegum Crisis, Key the Metal Idol,[7] subtitled versions of Dirty Pair Flash, All Purpose Cultural Cat Girl Nuku Nuku, Urusei Yatsura, Sakura Wars and Corrector Yui, and dubbed versions of Serial Experiments Lain, City Hunter, Please Save My Earth,[8][9] Ranma ½,[10] Sailor Moon, Full Metal Panic!, Magic Knight Rayearth, Martian Successor Nadesico, Betterman, Robotech, Mobile Suit Gundam, Cardcaptor Sakura, Astro Boy, Gatchaman, and Samurai Pizza Cats.

Local productions[edit]

KTEH has produced many television programs over the years, some of which have been nationally broadcast. Its current production schedule includes:[11]

  • This is Us – an Emmy Award-winning[12] show featuring profiles of remarkable people and places in Northern California.
  • Saving the Bay – the Emmy Award-winning documentary about San Francisco Bay went on to a national release in 2011.
  • video i – an award-winning showcase of documentaries, dramas and experimental films
  • KTEH Cooks with Garlic – local viewers preparing their favorite garlic recipes. Winner of the first PBS Interactive Innovation of the Year Award[13]
  • Moneytrack – an ongoing series on investment management

KTEH was the production company for several other productions:[14]

Station presentation[edit]

Station slogans[edit]

  • Public Television for the South Bay (1970s–1980s)
  • Discover the Difference (1980s)
  • Brilliantly British (2007–present; used only during U.K.-produced shows)[16]
  • Public Media for San Jose and the Bay Area (2008–present)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "KQED, Inc. (San Francisco) and KTEH Foundation (San Jose) Form New Broadcast Organization: Northern California Public Broadcasting". KQED.org. 2006. Retrieved May 2, 2006. 
  2. ^ Barney, Chuck (June 22, 2011). "TV station KTEH to drop call letters, become KQED Plus". Contra Costa Times. Retrieved July 2, 2011. 
  3. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for KQEH
  4. ^ List of Digital Full-Power Stations Archived 2013-08-29 at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ "Mr. Hippo reviews Episode 2 of "Red Dwarf" Series 8". AintItCool.com.
  6. ^ "Reader reviews "Red Dwarf" Series 8 premiere !!!". AintItCool News.
  7. ^ "PSME to air on KTEH". Anime News Network. 6 July 1999. Retrieved 16 July 2009. 
  8. ^ "Viz Series Goes Broadcast". Anime News Network. 3 January 2000. Retrieved 22 April 2013. 
  9. ^ Chun, Kimberly (February 13, 1998). "Fans Become Animated About Japanese-Style Cartoons". San Francisco Chronicle. Hearst Newspapers. Retrieved 16 July 2009. 
  10. ^ "San Jose TV station to show Dirty Pair Flash". Anime News Network. 9 November 2000. Retrieved 22 April 2013. 
  11. ^ "KTEH Productions". kteh.org.
  12. ^ NATAS - San Francisco/Northern California. "40th Annual Northern California Area Emmy® Awards 2010-2011" (PDF). National Academy Television Arts & Sciences. Retrieved 11 June 2011. 
  13. ^ PBS "KTEH wins the first PBS Interactive Innovation of the Year award". PBS.org. May 12, 2009.
  14. ^ KTEH. IMDb.
  15. ^ The Battle for Mono Lake. ITVS.org.
  16. ^ "Brilliantly British" schedule. KTEH.org.

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