XEWT-TDT

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XEWT-TDT
Tijuana, Baja California/
San Diego, California
Mexico/United States
CityTijuana, Baja California
BrandingTelevisa Californias
SloganNos Acerca
ChannelsDigital: 32 (UHF)
Virtual: 12 (PSIP)
AffiliationsTelevisa Regional/Las Estrellas
OwnerTelevisa
(Televisora de Occidente, S.A. de C.V.[1])
First air date18 July 1960 (58 years ago) (1960-07-18)[2]
Call letters' meaningXEW Tijuana
Sister station(s)XETV-TDT, XHUAA-TDT
Former callsignsXEWT-TV (1960–2013)
Former channel number(s)Analog:
12 (VHF, 1960–2013)
Former affiliationsSIN/Univision (1970s–1989)
Transmitter power200 kW
Height302.25 m (992 ft)
Transmitter coordinates32°30′5.73″N 117°2′26.13″W / 32.5015917°N 117.0405917°W / 32.5015917; -117.0405917
Licensing authorityIFT
Websitewww.xewt12.com

XEWT-TDT, virtual channel 12 (UHF digital channel 32), informally called "Tu Canal" ("Your Channel"), is a Televisa owned-and-operated television station located in Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico. XEWT's over-the-air signal also covers the San Diego, California area across the international border in the United States. It is also available on Ku band via the SatMex 5 satellite at 116.8°W.[3] XEWT maintains offices on 3rd Avenue in Chula Vista, California, and its transmitter is located on Mount San Antonio in Tijuana.

Though its callsign seems to indicate that it is a repeater of XEW-TDT in Mexico City, XEWT airs a selection of programming from all four Televisa networks. It also airs local news and programming aimed towards Hispanics on both sides of the border.

History[edit]

XEWT was the first Spanish-language station for San Diego and Tijuana. It signed on 18 July 1960 and received its concession on 6 August of that year, with Telesistema Mexicano owning it through concessionaire Televisora de Calimex, S.A. It was Tijuana's second TV station, with English-language sister station XETV signing on in 1953. From the 1970s through the end of 1990, XEWT was originally an affiliate of the Spanish International Network (later Univision).[4]

Digital television[edit]

Digital subchannels[edit]

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:[5]

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming
12.1 1080i 16:9 XEWT HD Main XEWT programming
12.2 480i 16:9 XEWT FOROtv

Televisa was approved to add FOROtv to six stations, primarily regional outlets, in northern Mexico in January 2018.

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

XEWT discontinued its analog signal on 28 May 2013. Tijuana was the first city in Mexico where the analog-to digital conversion took place. Immediately after the closure, worries about effects on the Baja California elections prompted the restoration of analog service until 18 July, when XEWT and other Tijuana TV stations discontinued their analog signals again, this time for good. At this time, the callsign changed to XEWT-TDT.

Repeaters[edit]

XEWT operates repeaters in Tecate (which was not converted until 2015)[6] and Col. Playas de Tijuana.[7]

Programming[edit]

As the local Televisa station in Tijuana, XEWT produces local programs during the day and overnight. During the afternoons and evenings (from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m.), the station simulcasts Televisa's national network Las Estrellas, which is dedicated to telenovelas, game shows, comedies, and sports.[8] Las Estrellas can also be seen on XEWT's sister station XHUAA-TDT, which is the network's repeater station in Tijuana.

There are several interesting schedule overlaps between XEWT and San Diego's Univision affiliate, KBNT-CD (channel 17). Although both are competitors in the San Diego/Tijuana market, they both carry some of the same programming. Univision carries some Televisa programming in its lineup and this is thus reflected in KBNT's lineup.

Newscasts[edit]

XEWT established a reorganized news department called Notivisa on 29 February 1988. It originally established a Tijuana-centric 6 p.m. newscast and a 10 p.m. newscast focusing on all of Baja California. Among the personalities who have anchored and reported for Notivisa is veteran anchor Fernando del Monte, who worked for the station from 1989 to 2007 and again since 2015, running as the PRI candidate for Municipal President of Tijuana in between stints.[9]

Like its sister stations in Baja California, XEWT produces 17½ hours of locally produced newscast each week, including a weeknight regional newscast, as seen on XEWT, XHBC in Mexicali, and XHS in Ensenada, which share some of XEWT's resources and news reports. XEWT previously produced a 6pm newscast until 2016.

As of 28 January 2019, XEWT revamped its hours of local news. The station now airs a 90-minute morning newscast at 6:30 a.m. (followed by Que Buen Dia), a full-hour newscast at 2 p.m., a new 90-minute evening newscast at 5 p.m., and a late night newscast at 10:30 p.m. which focuses on all of Baja California, as well as San Diego and Imperial Valley.[8]

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