|San Diego, California
|Branding||MeTV San Diego|
|Channels||Analog: 41 (UHF)
Digital: KGTV 10.2 (VHF)
|Owner||E. W. Scripps Company
(Scripps Broadcasting Holdings, LLC)
|Founded||September 25, 1997
(initial licensing date)
|Call letters' meaning||K
|Former callsigns||K60GC (1997–2000)
|Former affiliations||Independent cable news channel partnered with KGTV
Laff (temporary, 2017)
|Transmitter power||15 kW|
|Public license information:||Profile
KZSD-LP, UHF analog channel 41, is a MeTV-affiliated television station located in San Diego, United States. The station is owned by the E.W. Scripps Company, and is a sister station to ABC affiliate KGTV (channel 10). The two stations share studio facilities located on Air Way in the Riverview-Webster section of San Diego; KZSD-LP maintains transmitter facilities located in the San Miguel Mountains in southwestern San Diego County.
As an artifact of its former Azteca affiliation, KZSD does not operate a digital signal of its own and the low-powered broadcasting radius does not reach the entire San Diego–Tijuana market, the station is simulcast over KGTV's second digital subchannel in order to reach the entire market. This signal can be seen on VHF channel 10.2 from a transmitter on Mount Soledad in La Jolla; the unusual numbering for the mapped subchannel in the past as channel 10.15 was in order to align it with KZSD's former cable placement on Cox Communications channel 15 (PBS member station KPBS-TV, which broadcasts on UHF channel 15 over-the-air, is instead carried on cable channel 11). Once XHDTV-TDT2 assumed the affiliation, the station lost the channel 15 cable slot, but regained its spot on May 1, 2017 on Cox channel 808, when it assumed the MeTV affiliation in San Diego.
The station was initially granted a license by the Federal Communications Commission on September 25, 1997 (KZSD-LP's actual sign-on date is currently unknown). San Diego is one of four markets to receive programming from both the U.S.-based Azteca network and Mexico-based TV Azteca channels that preceded the American network's launch (Del Rio, El Paso and Laredo, Texas are the others). Much of KZSD's Azteca programming can also be seen on TV Azteca-owned XHTIT-TDT (channel 7) or XHJK-TDT (channel 13), sometimes simultaneously with the U.S. network's broadcasts.
On October 3, 2011, McGraw-Hill announced that it would sell KZSD, along with its other television stations, to the E. W. Scripps Company as part of its exit from broadcasting. The deal was completed on December 30, 2011.
On March 6, 2017, Azteca America announced that it would move its San Diego affiliation from KZSD-LP to a subchannel of XHDTV-TDT on March 15, 2017, and to XHAS-TDT on July 1. A channel map shuffle that day saw Laff moved onto the re-numbered 10.3 from channel 10.2, which was converted to a loop of the latest KGTV newscast to air.
On May 1, 2017, Scripps took control of the MeTV affiliation on 10.2, along with its already-existing cable channel positions in the market, replacing KFMB-DT2 (which began carrying The CW in the market on May 31); MeTV also replaced Laff on KZSD-LP. The affiliation was sold by KFMB owner Midwest Television to Scripps in order to facilitate the change.
- "McGraw-Hill Sells TV Group To Scripps". TVNewsCheck. October 3, 2011. Retrieved October 3, 2011.
- "Scripps completes McGraw-Hill Stations Buy". TVNewsCheck. December 30, 2011. Retrieved December 31, 2011.
- Lafayette, Jon (March 6, 2017). "Azteca America Adds New Affiliate in San Diego Market". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved March 6, 2017.
- "COX San Diego Channel 808 METV changing to CW San Diego". Cox Communications customer forum. 7 May 2017. Retrieved 12 May 2017.