|Branding||KVTV CBS 13|
|Channels||Digital: 13 (VHF)|
|Owner||Eagle Creek Broadcasting of Texas
(Eagle Creek Broadcasting of Laredo, LLC)
|First air date||December 28, 1973|
|Last air date||July 1, 2015|
|Call letters' meaning||disambiguation of former sister station KZTV|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
13 (VHF, 1973-2009)
Digital: 31 (UHF)
|Former affiliations||CBS (1973-2015)|
|Transmitter power||3 kW|
|Public license information:||Profile
On July 1, 2015, Gray Television, owner of NBC affiliate KGNS-TV, bought the non-license assets of KVTV and established KYLX-LP, to which it moved all of KVTV's program streams. KVTV then ceased broadcasting after nearly 42 years. The KVTV full-power license was surrendered on September 19, 2016.
One of several stations serving the Laredo/Nuevo Laredo borderplex, KVTV began in 1973 as a satellite station of KZTV, the CBS affiliate in Corpus Christi, Texas owned by K-Six Television. Both stations were run on tight budgets, which meant that the lack of investment in the station's operations sometimes showed up on-air. In 2002, Alta Communications and Brian Brady acquired K-Six Television, renaming the company Eagle Creek Broadcasting of Texas.
KVTV operated newscasts during the 1980's and early 2000's under the name "Newswatch 13." At the peak of their news operations KVTV produced three daily :30 minute newscasts at noon, 6PM, and 10PM. After making significant strides in their Nielsen ratings against then powerhouse KGNS' Pro 8 News in the mid 1990's, in 1996 KVTV management decided to move the 6PM newscast to 6:30 to make way for the new entertainment show Access Hollywood. Many KVTV alumni working at that time believe that decision proved to be the start of the KVTV Newswatch 13 demise.
Soon after the new owners took over they made significant changes to KVTV. All newscasts the station produced were dropped, except for the 12PM show, which was said to help reduce the strain put upon the news and production departments. Later that year, the station made cosmetic and personnel changes on almost every level and renamed their operations "CBS 13 News". The midday newscast was retained for a year and a half and later dropped. Late night news was revived on the station on April 19, 2004 with "CBS 13 News: Nightcast", a similar title to its Corpus Christi sister. For this, former KGNS-TV anchorman Richard Noriega was hired out of semi-retirement to lead the newscast. Several months prior to the newscast, Noriega worked as a consultant and helped with the planning involved in revamping the station's news department.
Nightcast was the station's only local newscast, and was seen weekdays from 10-10:35 PM. Prior to this program, a taped 5 minute news bulletin called "NewsNight" aired.
The station decided to cancel the late newscast on January 3, 2006 and laid off the remaining staff of the news department that day. The move left KVTV as one of the few affiliates of CBS to not have a local newscast; in its last decade on the air, the only news programming on the station came from CBS News, including the CBS Evening News, CBS Morning News, and CBS This Morning with national weather and additional news updates given by a CBS News anchor during the :25 and :55 local news breaks. Since then, the stations has largely served as a pass-through for automated network, syndicated and local paid commercial programming in both English and Spanish.
On July 23, 2008, Eagle Creek Broadcasting sold KVTV's Corpus Christi sister station, KZTV, to SagamoreHill Broadcasting. KVTV was not included in that deal, as SagamoreHill already owned KGNS-TV; thus, KVTV became the only television station remaining in the Eagle Creek group, though co-owner Brian Brady also owns a number of other television stations, mostly through Northwest Broadcasting.
Due to a part failure on its analog transmitter, KVTV ceased broadcasting in analog on November 29, 2008. The station initially broadcast only on digital channel 31, tuned into channel 13 via PSIP. Digital broadcasts shifted to channel 13 on May 7, 2009.
Gray Television, which several years earlier had purchased KGNS-TV from SagamoreHill, bought the non-license assets of KVTV in 2015. The sale closed on July 1, at which time KVTV signed off and KYLX-LP began broadcasting.
The KVTV license was surrendered by Eagle Creek on September 19, 2016.
Notable Newswatch 13 Alumni
Many up and coming news anchors and reporters began their careers at KVTV Newswatch 13.
- Jim Poston
- Jerry Garza
- Deborah Reiter
- Bill Pikus
- Jeff Altschul
- Grayson Davis
- Cherita Lewis
- Ann Hutyra
- Richard Noriega
- Marco Montoya
- Stacy Gaswirth
- Crystal Crews
- Stacy Adams
- Kimberly Locke
- Laurie Salazar
- Veronica Cantu
- Larry Sanchez
- Samantha Raphael
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- "Gray in 4 New Deals, Closes 3 Earlier Ones". TVNewsCheck. 2015-07-01. Retrieved 2015-07-01.
- Cross currents in Corpus Christi, Radio Business Report, August 1, 2008
- Jessell, Harry A. (June 2, 2013). "Brian Brady Buying NBC Affil in Yuma, AZ". TVNewsCheck. Retrieved June 22, 2013.
…Brian Brady, former head of the Fox affiliate board whose full-power TV holdings also include KVTV Laredo, Texas; KAYU Spokane, Wash.; KFFX Pendleton, Ore.; KMVU Medford, Ore.; and WICZ Binghamton, N.Y.
- Notification of Suspension of Operations / Request for Silent STA for channel 13
- Local TV station begins digital-only broadcast early, Ray Gomez, KGNS-TV, Dec 12, 2008
- Surrender of KVTV License
- Official website
- Query the FCC's TV station database for KVTV
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KVTV-TV