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Sioux City, Iowa
United States
Branding KTIV 4 (general)
News 4 (newscasts)
Slogan Siouxland's News Channel
Channels Digital: 41 (UHF)
Virtual: 4 (PSIP)
Subchannels 4.1 NBC
4.2 The CW
4.3 Me-TV
Translators K24JG-D Norfolk NE
Affiliations NBC (secondary through 1967)
Owner Quincy Newspapers
(KTIV Television, Inc.)
First air date October 10, 1954 (1954-10-10)
Call letters' meaning Television
IV (Roman numeral 4)
Former channel number(s) Analog:
4 (VHF, 1954-2009)
Former affiliations Both secondary:
ABC (1954-1965)
CBS (1965-1967)
The WB (until 2006)
Transmitter power 873 kW
Height 609 m
Facility ID 66170
Transmitter coordinates 42°35′11.8″N 96°13′19.7″W / 42.586611°N 96.222139°W / 42.586611; -96.222139
Licensing authority FCC
Public license information: Profile
Website www.ktiv.com

KTIV is an NBC television station in Sioux City, Iowa, broadcasting on digital channel 41. KTIV also carries The CW Television Network, which replaced The WB network in September 2006, on its 4.2 digital subchannel, and on June 6, 2013, Me-TV launched its new digital subchannel on 4.3, and it identifies locally as Me-TV Siouxland.


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 Sunday, 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. Quincy Newspapers bought KTIV in 1989.

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.[3][4]

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[5]
4.1 1080i 16:9 KTIV-DT Main KTIV programming / NBC
4.2 720p KTIV-CW Siouxland CW
4.3 480i 4:3 KTIV-ME Me-TV

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

KTIV shut down its analog signal, over VHF channel 4, at 1:30 p.m. on February 17, 2009, as part of the federally mandated transition from analog to digital television (which Congress had moved the previous month to June 12).[6][7] 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 former on-air staff[edit]


KTIV's signal is re-broadcast over this following translator:[8]

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, November 10, 1956: 13 
  3. ^ Schneider, Michael (April 1, 2009). "KNBC’s Paul Moyer set to retire". Variety. Retrieved March 26, 2014. 
  4. ^ Wishart, David J. (2004). Encyclopedia of the Great Plains. University of Nebraska Press. p. 507. ISBN 9780803247871. 
  5. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for KTIV
  6. ^ Today is the day for digital TV switch, Dave Dreeszen, Sioux City Journal, February 17, 2009
  7. ^ List of Digital Full-Power Stations
  8. ^ REC Broadcast Query, retrieved July 25, 2006.

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