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KVUE 2018 Logo.png
Austin, Texas
United States
BrandingKVUE (general)
KVUE News (newscasts)
SloganWhere Trust is Earned. (general)
Austin's News Station (newscasts)
ChannelsDigital: 33 (UHF)
Virtual: 24 (PSIP)
Subchannels(see article)
OwnerTegna Inc.
(KVUE Television, Inc.)
First air dateSeptember 12, 1971 (47 years ago) (1971-09-12)
Call letters' meaningK-VUE, pronounced "k-view"
Sister station(s)KENS (San Antonio)
Former channel number(s)Analog:
24 (UHF, 1971–2009)
Transmitter power1000 kW
Height376 m (1,234 ft)
Facility ID35867
Transmitter coordinates30°19′18″N 97°48′11″W / 30.32167°N 97.80306°W / 30.32167; -97.80306
Licensing authorityFCC
Public license informationProfile

KVUE, virtual channel 24 (UHF digital channel 33), is an ABC-affiliated television station licensed to Austin, Texas, United States. The station is owned by Tegna Inc. KVUE's studios are located on Steck Avenue just east of Loop 1 in northwest Austin, and its transmitter is located on the West Austin Antenna Farm just west of downtown Austin (which it shares with KEYE-TV).

On cable, KVUE can be seen on Charter Spectrum, Suddenlink and Grande Communications channel 3.


The station first signed on the air on September 12, 1971,[1] and was originally operated by Center Broadcasting Co. of Center, Texas (owned by Tolbert Foster). The station was the market's first full-time ABC affiliate; prior to KVUE's sign-on, the network's programming had previously been limited to off-hours clearances on KTBC (channel 7), though most of the market could pick up San Antonio's KSAT-TV with a decent antenna. Unlike most network affiliates in then two-station markets, KHFI-TV (channel 42, now KXAN-TV on channel 36) did not take on a secondary affiliation with ABC when that station signed on in February 1965.

Universal Communications, the broadcasting arm of The Detroit News, purchased KVUE from Center Broadcasting in 1978. The station was acquired by the Gannett Company in 1986 as part of its purchase of The Detroit News. In 1999, Gannett swapped KVUE to Belo Corporation in exchange for KXTV in Sacramento. Previously, Belo had established a Texas-based cable news channel, Texas Cable News (TXCN), a partnership amongst the company's Texas station properties, including KHOU-TV in Houston, WFAA-TV in Dallas and KENS-TV in San Antonio. With the addition of KVUE, TXCN could provide news and information from the four largest cities in Texas. On June 13, 2013, Gannett announced that it would acquire Belo for $1.5 billion.[2] The sale was completed on December 23,[3] which once again put KVUE under Gannett ownership and reunited the station with several of its sister stations for the first time in 14 years, as well as becoming a sister station to KXTV in Sacramento for the first time.

In 2014, KVUE won a Peabody Award for a documentary entitled The Cost of Troubled Minds, about Texas' underinvestment in addressing mental health care.[4] Specifically honored were film-makers Andy Pierrotti, Derek Rasor, Matt Olsen, Patti C. Smith, Frank Volpicella and Michelle Chism.

On June 29, 2015, the Gannett Company split in two, with one side specializing in print media and the other side specializing in broadcast and digital media. KVUE was retained by the latter company, named Tegna.[5]

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[6]
24.1 1080i 16:9 KVUE-DT Main KVUE programming / ABC
24.2 480i 4:3 NVUE-TV Estrella TV[7]
24.3 16:9 QVUE-3 Justice Network
24.4 4:3 Quest Quest

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

KVUE shut down its analog signal on February 17, 2009, as part of the FCC-mandated transition to digital television for full-power stations (which Congress had moved the previous month to June 12).[8] The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 33, using PSIP to display KVUE's virtual channel as 24 on digital television receivers.

KVUE is the only former Belo-owned ABC affiliate to broadcast its over-the-air signal in 720p (ABC's default HD format).


Syndicated programming seen on KVUE includes Entertainment Tonight, Live with Kelly and Ryan, and The Ellen DeGeneres Show. KVUE also broadcast Dr. Red Duke's syndicated medical reports throughout the Austin metro area for much of the 1980s and 1990s.

News operation[edit]

KVUE-TV presently broadcasts 31 hours of locally produced newscasts each week (with five hours on weekdays and three hours each on Saturdays and Sundays).

On June 1, 2008, KVUE began broadcasting its local newscasts in high definition. With the transition, KVUE became the first Austin area station to implement HD weather graphics and broadcast field reports in the 16:9 widescreen format.

Notable former on-air staff[edit]


  1. ^ "About Us". KVUE. Retrieved 2008-11-03.
  2. ^ "Gannett to buy TV station owner Belo for $1.5B". Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Associated Press. June 13, 2013. Retrieved June 13, 2013.
  3. ^ Gannett Completes Its Acquisition of Belo, TVNewsCheck, Retrieved 23 December 2013
  4. ^ Richard Whittaker (2015-04-29). "Film Flam: Linklater, Krisha, and Slackerwood". Austin Chronicle. Retrieved 2016-10-01. The National Association of Broadcasters honored Andy Pierrotti, photojournalists Derek Rasor and Matt Olsen, president general manager Patti C. Smith, news director Frank Volpicella and assistant news director Michelle Chism for The Cost of Troubled Minds, a seven month investigation into the staggering and frightening underinvestment in mental health care in Texas.
  5. ^ "Separation of Gannett into two public companies completed | TEGNA". Tegna. Retrieved 2015-06-29.
  6. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for KVUE
  7. ^ "Four Belo Stations Grab Estrella TV". Broadcasting & Cable. May 19, 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-05.
  8. ^ List of Digital Full-Power Stations Archived 2013-08-29 at the Wayback Machine

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