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|Slogan||Al Norte de California|
|Channels||Analog: 27 (UHF)|
|Owner||Bonten Media Group
(sale to Sinclair Broadcast Group pending)
(California Broadcasting, Inc.)
|Call letters' meaning||K
|Transmitter power||60 kW|
KUCO-LD channel 27 (identified on-air as KUCO-TV) is a local Univision Spanish-language affiliate based in Chico, California in the United States. It was the first Spanish-language station to go on air north of Sacramento. The station is owned by Bonten Media Group, also the owner of local ABC affiliate KRCR-TV. Programming is repeated on K46HI in Redding.
KUCO was founded by country-western singer Chester Smith's broadcast company Sainte Partners II, L.P. and first hit the air in 1998 to help bring Spanish-language television to the growing Spanish-speaking population in Northern California. It was the first Spanish-language station to air in the Chico/Redding market. It would soon be joined by Telemundo affiliate KXVU-LP and TeleFutura affiliate KKTF-LP, both also founded by Smith's company.
On April 21, 2017, Sinclair Broadcast Group announced its intent to purchase the Bonten stations (including KUCO-LD) for $240 million. The deal came immediately following the re-instatement of the "UHF discount", which reduces a the calculated "reach" of a station for the purposes of national ownership limits if it broadcasts on a UHF channel.
- "Sinclair Buying Bonten Stations For $240M". TVNewsCheck. Retrieved 21 April 2017.
- SINCLAIR BROADCAST GROUP ANNOUNCES AGREEMENT TO PURCHASE BONTEN MEDIA GROUP TV STATIONS - Sinclair Broadcast Group
- Univision 27 Website
- Query the FCC's TV station database for KUCO
- Query the FCC's TV station database for K46HI
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