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Not to be confused with KTNV or KNTV.
Reno, Nevada
United States
City Reno
Branding Channel 2 (general)
Channel 2 News (newscasts)
Slogan Coverage You Can Count On
Channels Digital: 13 (VHF)
Virtual: 2 (PSIP)
Subchannels 2.1 CBS
2.2 Antenna TV
Affiliations CBS (1972–present)
Owner Sarkes Tarzian, Inc.
First air date June 4, 1967; 49 years ago (1967-06-04)
Call letters' meaning TeleVision Nevada
Former channel number(s) Analog:
2 (VHF, 1967–2009)
Former affiliations ABC (1967–1972)
Transmitter power 16.1 kW
Height 876 m
Facility ID 59139
Transmitter coordinates 39°18′57″N 119°53′2″W / 39.31583°N 119.88389°W / 39.31583; -119.88389
Licensing authority FCC
Public license information: Profile
Website www.ktvn.com

KTVN, virtual channel 2, is the CBS–affiliated television station for Western Nevada's Truckee Meadows licensed to Reno. It broadcasts a high definition digital signal on VHF channel 13 (virtual channel 2.1 via PSIP) from a transmitter facility shared with KRNV-DT on Slide Mountain between SR 431 and I-580 / US 395 / US 395 ALT in Washoe County. The station can also be seen on Charter channel 2 and in high definition on digital channel 782. KTVN is owned and operated by Sarkes Tarzian, Inc. KTVN studios are based at 4925 Energy Way in Reno.


KTVN signed on the air on June 4, 1967, originally as an ABC affiliate, but took over CBS affiliation in 1972, after disputes between the CBS network and its affiliate at the time, KOLO-TV. It also formerly operated a satellite station, KEKO-TV Channel 10 in Elko [1] (that frequency was currently used by NBC affiliate KENV).

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[1]
2.1 1080i 16:9 KTVN-DT Main KTVN programming / CBS
2.2 480i 4:3 KTVN-2 Antenna TV

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

KTVN shut down its analog signal, over VHF channel 2, 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 13.[2] Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former VHF analog channel 2.


Outside of the CBS network schedule, syndicated programming on KTVN includes The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, and Inside Edition, among others.

News operation[edit]

KTVN is the only station to not have a noon and 4:00 p.m. newscast. As a result, KTVN airs CBS Evening News at 6:00 p.m. KOLO-TV also airs the national newscast at 6:00 p.m. KRNV-DT is the only station to air the national newscast at 5:30 p.m. Other newscasts include a two and a half hour long Channel 2 News This Morning that runs from 4:30 a.m. to 7:00 a.m. and Channel 2 News at 5:00, 5:30, 6:30 and 11:00 p.m. KOLO-TV began competing with KTVN on the 4:30 a.m. newscast debut on October 13, 2014.

Notable former on-air staff[edit]


  1. ^ "RabbitEars TV Query for KTVN". Rabbitears.info. Retrieved 2014-02-15. 
  2. ^ "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and the Second Rounds" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-03-24. 

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