|La Grande/Portland, Oregon|
|City||La Grande, Oregon|
|Channels||Digital: 16 (UHF)|
Virtual: 16 (PSIP)
|Translators||KUNP-LD 47 (34 UHF) Portland|
16.2: TBD (O&O)
16.3: Charge! (O&O)
|Owner||Sinclair Broadcast Group|
|Licensee||Sinclair LaGrande Licensee, LLC|
|Founded||August 6, 1999|
|First air date||December 3, 2001|
|Call sign meaning||UNivision Portland|
|Former call signs||KBPD (2001–2002)|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:|
16 (UHF, 2001–2009)
|Transmitter power||18.95 kW|
|Height||760 m (2,493 ft)|
|Public license information||Profile|
KUNP, virtual and UHF digital channel 16, is a Univision-affiliated television station serving Portland, Oregon, United States that is licensed to La Grande. The station is owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group, as part of a duopoly with Portland-licensed ABC affiliate KATU (channel 2). The two stations share studios on NE Sandy Boulevard in Portland; KUNP's transmitter is located east of Cove atop of Mt. Fanny, within eastern Oregon's Wallowa–Whitman National Forest.
Because of the location of its transmitter facilities 240 miles (390 km) from Downtown Portland, KUNP's over-the-air signal is unable to reach Portland proper. To overcome this, its signal is relayed on a low-powered translator station, KUNP-LD (virtual channel 47, UHF digital channel 34), which serves the immediate Portland area from a transmitter on NW Williamette Stone Park Road (near NW Skyline Boulevard) in the Sylvan-Highlands section of Portland, along with cable and satellite coverage folded into KATU's retransmission consent agreements to cover the market, along with some outlying areas. It also previously relayed its signal via analog translator KABH-LP (UHF channel 15) in Bend. KABH was jointly owned by WatchTV, Inc. alongside its crosstown Portland HSN affiliate KORK-CA, but was operated by Sinclair under a local marketing agreement (LMA). KABH's license was cancelled by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on March 19, 2015 for failure to file a license renewal application.
The station was founded on August 6, 1999, and formally signed on the air on December 3, 2001 as KBPD; it changed its call letters to KPOU on May 14, 2002. The call letters changed again to the current KUNP on December 15, 2006. KABH-LP was founded on June 1, 1992 as K15DO, but did not take to the air until November 3, 1993.
KUNP was originally owned by Equity Broadcasting Corporation; it was acquired by Fisher Communications on November 3, 2006, along with KUNS-TV in Seattle. Fisher would associate the two stations with the ABC affiliates it already owned in those markets, KATU and KOMO-TV. At one point, KUNP also had KKEI-CA as another translator prior to the Fisher acquisition. That station now serves Portland as a Telemundo affiliate. That station is also owned by WatchTV, Inc., owner of the now-defunct KABH-LP.
On August 21, 2012, Fisher Communications signed an affiliation agreement with MundoFox, a Spanish-language competitor to Univision that was owned as a joint venture between Fox International Channels and Colombian broadcaster RCN TV, for KUNP and Seattle sister station KUNS to be carried on both stations as digital subchannels starting in late September. On April 11, 2013, Fisher announced that it would sell its television and radio station properties, including KUNP, to the Sinclair Broadcast Group. The deal was completed on August 8, 2013. MundoFox would eventually rebrand as MundoMax in 2015 before ending all operations on December 1, 2016. This left KUNP-DT2 vacant until mid-February 2017, when it became a charter carrier of Sinclair's English language network TBD.
On May 8, 2017, Sinclair Broadcast Group entered into an agreement to acquire Tribune Media – owner of CW affiliate KRCW-TV (channel 32) – for $3.9 billion, plus the assumption of $2.7 billion in debt held by Tribune, pending regulatory approval by the FCC and the U.S. Department of Justice's Antitrust Division. KUNP would not have been affected as its contours do not overlap with either KATU or KRCW. However, as current FCC rules forbid broadcasters from legally owning more than two full-power television stations in a single market and require at least eight distinct owners after the creation of a duopoly (there would be too few remaining if a new one is created), the companies would have been required to sell either KATU or KRCW to another station group in order to comply with FCC ownership rules preceding approval of the acquisition; however, a sale of either station to an independent buyer was dependent on later decisions by the FCC regarding local ownership of broadcast television stations and future acts by Congress.
On July 18, 2018, the FCC voted to have the Sinclair–Tribune acquisition reviewed by an administrative law judge amid "serious concerns" about Sinclair's forthrightness in its applications to sell certain conflict properties. Three weeks later on August 9, Tribune announced it would terminate the Sinclair deal, intending to seek other M&A opportunities. Tribune also filed a breach of contract lawsuit in the Delaware Chancery Court, alleging that Sinclair engaged in protracted negotiations with the FCC and the U.S. Department of Justice's Antitrust Division over regulatory issues, refused to sell stations in markets where it already had properties, and proposed divestitures to parties with ties to Sinclair executive chair David D. Smith that were rejected or highly subject to rejection to maintain control over stations it was required to sell.
Cable and satellite availability
"Must-carry" regulations imposed by the FCC require most cable television providers across the Portland market to carry KUNP on their lineups. In the past under Equity ownership, the station was not available on all cable systems, as many of these providers were under carriage agreements for the national cable feed for the network, which allowed them control of several minutes throughout the day of local commercial time that would not be available if they instead carried KUNP. Equity traditionally depended completely on must-carry to bring their stations to cable providers, and the same was the case with KUNP before the sale of the station to Fisher. Retransmission consent agreements for providers in the Portland market made after Sinclair's purchase of KATU and KUNP effectively made carriage of KUNP compulsory to carry KATU (along with its subchannels), though some smaller systems in communities with a relatively low Hispanic population have been given a waiver from KUNP carriage.
On April 17, 2012, DirecTV began carrying KUNP's high definition signal as part of its local broadcast station package for the Portland area (on channel 47). Up until that point, the satellite provider only carried the station's standard definition signal.
The station's digital signal is multiplexed:
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|16.1||1080i||16:9||KUNP||Main KUNP programming / Univision|
Since KUNP did not sign on-the-air before the April 21, 1997, deadline for the FCC's digital television allotment plan, the station was not granted a companion digital signal. Therefore, on or before June 12, 2009, the station was required to turn off its analog signal and turn on a new digital signal (a method known as a "flash cut") on UHF channel 16. KUNP-LP, as a low-power station, continued to broadcast in analog until April 13, 2012, when it made its flash-cut to digital transmission on UHF channel 47 and changing its callsign suffix from '-LP' to '-LD'.
On February 13, 2017, KUNP added TBD to its second subchannel.
In 2006, former parent company Fisher Communications was part of a Hispanic journalist million dollar deal in media. It started a newscast on Seattle's Univision station KUNS-TV which then went to Portland. The newscast aired Monday through Friday at 6:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. It was anchored by Jaime Méndez in Seattle and Roxy de la Torre in Portland. Weather and sports segments came from Seattle where KUNS-TV sister and Fisher Communications building also with KOMO-TV. Later a new anchor came to Noticas Noroeste: Teresa Gonazlez who was at sister station KUNS-TV but did the weather for Noticias Noroeste both in Portland and Seattle. She became a co-anchor for Jaime Méndez who did the sports segment for both Portland and Seattle. In 2013, a new set was designed.
- Ívan Gracías - Anchor
- Magaly Ayala - Reporter
- Teresa Gonzalez - Noticias Norte-oeste Seattle weather segment Via KUNS-TV
- Jaime Méndez - Noticias Norte-oeste News Anchor Sports Reports Via KUNS-TV
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- RabbitEars TV Query for KUNP
- RabbitEars TV Query for KUNP-LD
- Official website
- KUNP in the FCC's TV station database
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KUNP-TV