|Branding||Fox 19 (general)|
Fox News At 9 (newscasts)
|Channels||Digital: 11 (VHF)|
Virtual: 19 (PSIP)
|Translators||25 (UHF) Victoria|
|Affiliations||19.1: Fox (1994–present)|
19.4: This TV
|Licensee||SagamoreHill of Victoria Licenses, LLC|
|Operator||Morgan Murphy Media|
|First air date||October 1, 1969|
|Call sign meaning||ViCToria|
|Sister station(s)||KMOL-LD, KUNU-LD, KAVU-TV, KQZY-LD, KXTS-LD, KVTX-LP|
|Former call signs||KXIX (1969–1984)|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:|
19 (UHF, 1969–2009)
|Former affiliations||ABC (1969–1989)|
|Transmitter power||11.35 kW|
|Height||290 m (951 ft)|
|Public license information||Profile|
KVCT, virtual channel 19 (VHF digital channel 11), is a Fox-affiliated television station licensed to Victoria, Texas, United States. Owned by SagamoreHill Broadcasting, the station is operated through a local marketing agreement (LMA) by Morgan Murphy Media, making it a sister station to ABC affiliate KAVU-TV (channel 25) and five low-power stations: NBC affiliate KMOL-LD (channel 17), Univision affiliate KUNU-LD (channel 21), Cozi TV affiliate KQZY-LD (channel 33), CBS affiliate KXTS-LD (channel 41), and Telemundo affiliate KVTX-LP (channel 45). All of the stations share studios on North Navarro Street in Victoria and transmitter facilities on Farm to Market Road 236 west of the city.
In fall 1969, the station signed on the air as KXIX, an ABC affiliate. It was originally a satellite of KIII in Corpus Christi. In 1976, channel 19 was sold to local ownership and became a separate station.
In 1984, the call letters were changed to KVCT. Financial problems eventually led to the station dropping the ABC affiliation and dissolving its news operation in 1990, becoming a religious station, as an affiliate of the Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN).
In 1994, KVCT entered into a local marketing agreement with KAVU-TV and became a Fox affiliate. Before then, the network was available on cable via either KRIV in Houston or KRRT (now CW affiliate KMYS) in San Antonio or via Foxnet. KAVU also periodically produced newscasts for the station. After an attempt in 1998, local news was not seen on KVCT until 2002, when the current newscast debuted. Saga Communications, KAVU's owner, eventually bought channel 19 outright.
On May 10, 2017, Morgan Murphy Media announced that it would acquire Saga Communications' television clusters in Joplin, Missouri, including KOAM-TV, and Victoria, Texas, including KAVU-TV. Saga will additionally acquire the assets of Fox affiliates in each market owned by Surtsey Media and operated by Saga under local marketing agreements. These stations' license assets will be acquired by SagamoreHill Broadcasting. The sale was completed on September 1.
The station's digital signal is multiplexed:
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|19.1||720p||16:9||KVCT-HD||Main KVCT programming / Fox|
|19.2||480i||KVTX||Telemundo (Simulcast of KVTX-LP)|
|19.3||CW||KWVB Victoria's CW 10|
KVCT-DT2 is a full-market over-the-air simulcast of co-owned low-powered station, KVTX-LP (branded as Telemundo 45), which is the Telemundo-affiliated station for the Victoria market; this full-market simulcast is being broadcast in 16:9 widescreen standard definition on VHF channel 11.4 (or virtual channel 19.2 via PSIP). Even though KVTX-LP operates a digital signal of its own, its signal only reaches the immediate Victoria area; therefore, this simulcast exists.
KVCT-DT3 (branded as KWVB Victoria's CW 10, in reference to the subchannel's position on Suddenlink Communications systems throughout KVCT's viewing area) is the CW+-affiliated third digital subchannel of KVCT, broadcasting in 16:9 widescreen standard definition on VHF channel 11.5 (or virtual channel 19.3 via PSIP). The subchannel carries the default schedule of the CW+ service meant for smaller markets. On August 15, 2018, KVCT-DT3 was converted into an over-the-air feed of the once-cable-exclusive "KWVB" to provide viewers within the Victoria market without cable or satellite TV access to The CW for the first time since K39HB (which served as a low-powered analog terrestrial simulcast of "KWVB") unexpectedly went dark; on that date, This TV programming was moved to a newly created subchannel on 19.4. Following this CW affiliate's August 15, 2018 debut over the new KVCT-DT3 subchannel, the Victoria's CW 10 branding, as well as the fictitious "KWVB" callsign within its branding, have both remained intact; additionally, the local Suddenlink cable channel positions of "KWVB" (channel 10 in SD, and in high-definition on channel 110) were inherited by KVCT, although the HD feed presently remains exclusive to cable, due to KVCT's current multiplexer limitations.
Previously, the CW affiliation in the market was available through a cable-only channel operated by Suddenlink and the forerunner providers in the market, which carried the station on cable channel 10 since 1998, when it launched as a WB affiliate with the WB 100+ service (then branded as "KWVB Victoria's WB 10") under the false callsign "KWVB" (which stood for K-We're Victoria's WB 10) for the purposes of identification in electronic program guides and Nielsen ratings tabulation. Throughout its twenty years as a cable channel, it only ran in standard definition. It seamlessly became associated with the new CW network (branded as "KWVB Victoria's CW 10") on September 18, 2006 after the merger of The WB and UPN into that one network.