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Sioux City, Iowa
United States
BrandingKTIV 4 (general)
News 4 (newscasts)
SloganSiouxland's News Channel
ChannelsDigital: 14 (UHF)
Virtual: 4 (PSIP)
TranslatorsK24JG-D Norfolk NE
OwnerQuincy Media
(KTIV License, LLC)
First air dateOctober 10, 1954 (64 years ago) (1954-10-10)
Call letters' meaningTelevision
IV (Roman numeral 4)
Sister station(s)Waterloo: KWWL
Former channel number(s)Analog:
4 (VHF, 1954-2009)
41 (UHF, 2009–2018)
Former affiliations
  • All secondary:
  • ABC (1954–1965)
  • NTA (1956–1961)
  • CBS (1965–1967)
  • DT2:
  • The WB (until 2006)
Transmitter power1000 kW
Height609.5 m (2,000 ft)
Facility ID66170
Transmitter coordinates42°35′12″N 96°13′19″W / 42.58667°N 96.22194°W / 42.58667; -96.22194
Licensing authorityFCC
Public license informationProfile

KTIV is a dual NBC/CW-affiliated television station licensed to Sioux City, Iowa, United States. It broadcasts a high-definition digital signal on UHF channel 14 (or virtual channel 4 via PSIP) from a transmitter near Hinton. Owned by Quincy Media, KTIV maintains studios on Signal Hill Drive in Sioux City.


After overcoming some construction obstacles, including having to raise the microwave tower height twice to avoid interference with a tree which blocked the microwave signal, KTIV made its broadcasting debut on October 10, 1954. That first broadcast evening included four NBC shows: People Are Funny at 6 p.m.; The Liebman Spectacular from 6:30-8 p.m.; The Television Playhouse from 8-9 p.m.; and The Loretta Young Show from 9-9:30 p.m.[1]

The station has always been an NBC affiliate, but it shared ABC programming with KVTV/KCAU-TV until September 2, 1967, when KCAU switched its primary affiliation to ABC. During the late 1950s, the station was also briefly affiliated with the NTA Film Network.[2]

For many years, the station was co-owned with the Sioux City Journal. One-time owners of both properties, the Perkins Brothers Company, sold KTIV to Black Hawk Broadcasting, the owner of fellow NBC affiliate KWWL-TV in Waterloo, in 1973.[3] Black Hawk merged with Forward Communications in 1980, and sold KTIV and KWWL to AFLAC that year.[4] Quincy Newspapers bought KTIV from AFLAC in 1989.[5]

In June 2011, KTIV's newscasts began to be broadcast in high definition. It was the second station in the Sioux City market (after KCAU) to begin broadcasting news in HD, and the last station in the market to begin using a widescreen format for local news.

Former NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw and former KNBC anchor Paul Moyer began their television careers at KTIV.[6][7]

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[8]
4.1 1080i 16:9 KTIV-DT Main KTIV programming / NBC
4.2 720p KTIV-CW Siouxland CW
4.3 480i KTIV-ME MeTV
4.4 Court TV
4.5 Ion Television

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

KTIV shut down its analog signal, over VHF channel 4, at 1:30 p.m. on February 17, 2009, which was the original date of the federally mandated transition from analog to digital television;[9][10] it was later moved to June 12, 2009. The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 41, using PSIP to display KTIV's virtual channel as 4 on digital television receivers.

Notable current on-air staff[edit]

Notable former on-air staff[edit]


KTIV's signal is re-broadcast over this following translator:[11]

KTIV formerly re-broadcast over these translators:


  1. ^ KTIV History, KTIV website, archived from the original April 21, 2006; original page has since been deleted.
  2. ^ "Require Prime Evening Time for NTA Films", Boxoffice: 13, November 10, 1956
  3. ^ https://www.americanradiohistory.com/hd2/IDX-Business/Magazines/Archive-BC-IDX/73-OCR/1973-11-12-BC-OCR-Page-0036.pdf
  4. ^ https://www.americanradiohistory.com/hd2/IDX-Business/Magazines/Archive-BC-IDX/80-OCR/1980-11-03-BC-OCR-Page-0068.pdf
  5. ^ https://www.americanradiohistory.com/hd2/IDX-Business/Magazines/Archive-BC-IDX/89-OCR/BC-1989-08-28-OCR-Page-0054.pdf
  6. ^ Schneider, Michael (April 1, 2009). "KNBC's Paul Moyer set to retire". Variety. Retrieved March 26, 2014.
  7. ^ Wishart, David J. (2004). Encyclopedia of the Great Plains. University of Nebraska Press. p. 507. ISBN 9780803247871.
  8. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for KTIV
  9. ^ Today is the day for digital TV switch, Dave Dreeszen, Sioux City Journal, February 17, 2009
  10. ^ List of Digital Full-Power Stations Archived 2013-08-29 at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ REC Broadcast Query, retrieved July 25, 2006.

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