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Boise, Idaho
United States
Branding.1: NewsChannel 7
.2: Idaho's Very Own 24/7
SloganIdaho's News Channel
ChannelsDigital: 7 (VHF)
Virtual: 7 (PSIP)
TranslatorsKTFT-LD 20 (7.1) Twin Falls
(for others, see article)
OwnerTegna Inc.
(King Broadcasting Company)
Founded1953 (1953)
First air dateJuly 12, 1953 (65 years ago) (1953-07-12)
Call letters' meaningTeleVision Boise
Twin Falls Television
Sister station(s)KTFT
Former callsignsKIDO-TV (1953–1959)
Former channel number(s)
  • Analog:
  • 7 (VHF, 1953–2009)
  • Digital:
  • 26 (UHF, 1997–2009)
Former affiliations
  • Both secondary:
  • DuMont (1953–1955)
  • ABC (1953–1974)
Transmitter power42.1 kW
Height806 m (2,644 ft)
Facility ID34858
Transmitter coordinates43°45′16″N 116°5′56″W / 43.75444°N 116.09889°W / 43.75444; -116.09889
Licensing authorityFCC
Public license informationProfile
Idaho's Very Own 24/7

KTVB is an NBC-affiliated television station licensed to Boise, Idaho, United States. It broadcasts a high definition digital signal on virtual and VHF channel 7 from a transmitter at the Bogus Basin ski area summit in unincorporated Boise County. Owned by Tegna Inc., KTVB has studios on West Fairview Avenue (off I-184) in Boise.

The station also operates a low-power repeater in Twin Falls, KTFT-LD (UHF channel 20, also remapped to virtual channel 7 via PSIP), the programming for which originates from the KTVB studios. The two signals are identical, with the exception of commercials, which are sold and targeted to the Magic Valley area. KTFT's transmitter is located on Flat Top Butte near Jerome, Idaho.


The station, Idaho's oldest, signed on July 12, 1953, as KIDO-TV. Along with radio station KIDO, it was originally owned by Georgia Davidson, who was one of only three female station owners in the NBC network including Dorothy Bullitt of future sister station KING-TV in Seattle. Davidson sold KIDO radio in 1959 but kept KIDO-TV, which she renamed KTVB on February 1.[1]

KTVB has always been a primary NBC affiliate. After KBOI-TV (channel 2, CBS) signed on in November 1953, the two stations briefly shared secondary DuMont affiliations, and shared secondary ABC affiliations until KITC (channel 6) signed on in 1974. Before PBS member KAID-TV (channel 4) signed on in December 1971, KTVB pre-empted the second hour of the Today Show to carry Sesame Street without commercials on weekday mornings.

In the early 1960s, KTVB built a satellite station in La Grande, Oregon. KTVR-TV (channel 13) went on the air December 6, 1964, as a semi-satellite of KTVB, but had a La Grande studio at 1605 Adams Ave., producing a nightly newscast and other local programming. However, by 1967, the La Grande studio and office had been closed and KTVR was a total satellite of KTVB. KTVR was unique in the Pacific Time Zone because as a repeater of a Mountain Time Zone station, its "prime-time" schedule was broadcast from 6 to 9 p.m. PT, two hours early. OEPBS (now Oregon Public Broadcasting) bought KTVR on August 31, 1976, and converted it to PBS programming on February 1, 1977.

Philo Farnsworth, the father of television and an Idaho native, was present as the station signed on the air. During KTVB's fiftieth year celebration, the tag line "the first television station in the state where TV was invented" was used in some promotional announcements.

In 1979, KTVB was sold to the Bullitts' King Broadcasting Company, joining KING-TV in Seattle, KREM-TV in Spokane, and KGW-TV in Portland, as part of King Broadcasting. In 1992, the company was sold to the Providence Journal Company, which was later sold to Belo Corp. in 1997.

At the end of October 2003, KTVB launched 24/7 NewsChannel on KTVB-DT2, one of the first digital secondary subchannels in the nation. The subchannel's programming initial consisted of time-shifted newscasts plus five other programs not on its main channel. Plans for the independent news format subchannel is for original news programs and local programming.[2]

KTVB has branched out into non-traditional areas, such as its free "Idaho Classifieds" project on the ZIdaho website. KTVB is no longer affiliated with ZIdaho as of January, 2013.[3] In August 2011, KTVB became the first station in Boise to broadcast its entire weekday schedule in high definition.

By fall 2011, the station had rebranded its 24/7 NewsChannel as "Idaho's Very Own 24/7" while revamping the 6:30 p.m. newscast and the morning news at 7 a.m. added additional features.[4]

On June 13, 2013, the Gannett Company announced that it would acquire Belo.[5] The sale was completed on December 23.[6] On September 24, 2014, KTVB announced that they would switch to the Gannett graphics package and "This is Home" music package on September 28, 2014.

The station's multicast channels, Idaho's Very Own 24/7 and NWCN, were moved to the basic plan on Cable One system on August 27, 2013.[7] Northwest Cable News was replaced with the Justice Network on subchannel 7.3 on January 20, 2015.[7][8][9] NWCN would shut down almost two years later, on January 6, 2017.

On June 29, 2015, the Gannett Company split in two, with one side specializing in print media and the other side specializing in broadcast and digital media. KTVB was retained by the latter company, named Tegna.[10]

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

The station's digital channel is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[11]
7.1 1080i 16:9 KTVB-HD Main KTVB programming / NBC
7.2 480i 24/7 KTVB-DT2 / Idaho's Very Own 24/7
7.3 NWCN Justice Network
7.4 Quest

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

KTVB shut down its analog signal, over VHF channel 7, 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 relocated from its pre-transition UHF channel 26 to VHF channel 7 for post-transition operations.[12][13][14]


KTVB is rebroadcast on the following translator stations:

All of the translators in Nevada and most in Oregon are in the Pacific Time Zone.

KTFT-LD translator[edit]

KTFT-LD is rebroadcast on digital translator K49IT-D in Hagerman, Idaho.[16] K49IT-D is independently owned and operated by the Hagerman Translator district.

News operation[edit]

Former 24/7 logo

The KTVB news slogan is "Where News Comes First". The station produces 6.5 hours of original news programming each weekday distributed between KTVB & 24/7, and a total of 38 hours of original news and sports programming per week.

Former reporters have gone on to attain national prominence, including Christi Paul of CNN Headline News, Trace Gallagher of Fox News, David Kerley of ABC News[17] and Meg Oliver of CBS News' Up To The Minute.

The KTVB news gathering fleet includes a new state of the art satellite truck purchased in 2006, allowing for live coverage of events across the region. KTVB's resources also include two live units, 10 news gathering vehicles, and a digital production truck.

The station has won a total of seven National Edward R. Murrow awards from the Radio Television Digital News Association. KTVB is also the recipient of numerous Emmy Awards from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Northwest Chapter. On September 30, 2013, KTVB added the area's second weekday hour-long 4:00 p.m. newscast (after KBOI-TV) [18]

Notable former-on air staff[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ http://www.history.idaho.gov/sites/default/files/uploads/reference-series/0673.pdf
  2. ^ "KTVB in Boise repurposes analog news content for 24/7 NewsChannel on DTV". TV Technology. November 21, 2003. Retrieved January 26, 2016.
  3. ^ http://www.zidaho.com
  4. ^ Day, Don (Fall 2011). "More news, more crews as Boise area TV market continues to evolve". Communicator (Fall 2011). Idaho Press Club. Retrieved January 26, 2016.
  5. ^ "Belo, owner of Boise's KTVB-TV, sold to Gannett". Idaho Statesman. June 13, 2013. Retrieved June 13, 2013.
  6. ^ Gannett Completes Its Acquisition of Belo, TVNewsCheck, Retrieved 23 December 2013
  7. ^ a b "Idaho's Very Own 24/7, NWCN make cable channel change". ktvb.com. Tegna. August 27, 2013. Retrieved January 26, 2016.
  8. ^ Cynthia Littleton (November 12, 2014). "TV Biz Vets Team to Launch Digital Justice Network with Gannett". Variety. Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved January 27, 2015.
  9. ^ "Justice Network". ktvb.com. Tegna. Retrieved January 26, 2016.
  10. ^ "Separation of Gannett into two public companies completed | TEGNA". Tegna. Retrieved 2015-06-29.
  11. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for KTVB
  12. ^ "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and the Second Rounds" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-08-29. Retrieved 2012-03-24.
  13. ^ Congress postpones DTV transition, Seattle may not, KING/AP, February 5, 2009
  14. ^ Eggerton, John (2009-06-29). "Boise Station Gets Power Boost". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved 2009-07-01.
  15. ^ ||Winnemucca||style="width:75px"|K19EU-D [1]
  16. ^ http://www.rabbitears.info/market.php?request=station_search&callsign=K49IT-D#station
  17. ^ "TV reporter Kerley off to ABC in D.C." Seattle Post-Intelligencer. 10 February 2004. Retrieved 26 September 2013.
  18. ^ KTVB Set to Launch 4 p.m. Newscast TVSpy, September 30, 2013.
  19. ^ "Eric Johnson". KOMOnews.com. Retrieved October 11, 2015.

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