KTNV-TV

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KTNV-TV
KTNV.jpg
Las Vegas, Nevada
City of licenseLas Vegas
BrandingChannel 13 (general)
Channel 13 Action News (newscasts)
SloganYou Ask, We Investigate (primary)
Making Las Vegas a Better Place to Live (secondary)
ChannelsDigital: 13 (VHF)
Virtual: 13 (PSIP)
AffiliationsABC
OwnerJournal Broadcast Group
(Journal Broadcast Corporation)
First air dateMay 4, 1956
Call letters' meaningTelevision Nevada
Former callsignsKSHO-TV (1956-1980)
Former channel number(s)Analog:
13 (VHF, 1956-2009)
Digital: 12 (VHF)
Transmitter power30.5 kW
Height606 m
Facility ID74100
Transmitter coordinates35°56′43″N 115°2′32″W / 35.94528°N 115.04222°W / 35.94528; -115.04222
Websitewww.ktnv.com
 
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KTNV-TV
KTNV.jpg
Las Vegas, Nevada
City of licenseLas Vegas
BrandingChannel 13 (general)
Channel 13 Action News (newscasts)
SloganYou Ask, We Investigate (primary)
Making Las Vegas a Better Place to Live (secondary)
ChannelsDigital: 13 (VHF)
Virtual: 13 (PSIP)
AffiliationsABC
OwnerJournal Broadcast Group
(Journal Broadcast Corporation)
First air dateMay 4, 1956
Call letters' meaningTelevision Nevada
Former callsignsKSHO-TV (1956-1980)
Former channel number(s)Analog:
13 (VHF, 1956-2009)
Digital: 12 (VHF)
Transmitter power30.5 kW
Height606 m
Facility ID74100
Transmitter coordinates35°56′43″N 115°2′32″W / 35.94528°N 115.04222°W / 35.94528; -115.04222
Websitewww.ktnv.com

KTNV-TV, channel 13, is an ABC-affiliated television station licensed to Las Vegas, Nevada which is owned by Journal Broadcast Group and serves as the ABC affiliate for the Las Vegas Valley, Southern Nevada and northwest Arizona. The station's studios are based out of nearby Paradise, with the station transmitting from Mount Arden.

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History

The station signed on the air for the first time on May 4, 1956 as KSHO-TV. The station was Journal's second television station (and its first television station acquisition outside of Milwaukee), having purchased it in 1979. It changed its callsign to KTNV-TV on March 2, 1980 (the -TV suffix was removed from 1988 to 2009).[1]

Formerly, KTNV transmitted from a tower right outside the station at the intersection of Desert Inn Road and Valley View Boulevard, on the quadruple border of city of Las Vegas, Township of Spring Valley, Township of Paradise, and Township of Winchester. The tower is a unique and visible landmark throughout the Las Vegas Valley.

On December 15, 2007 KTNV became the third television station in Las Vegas to broadcast local news in high definition. The station also unveiled its new digital production facilities and news set on the same day.

Digital television

Digital channels

ChannelVideoAspectPIPS Short NameProgramming
13.1720p16:9KTNV-HDMain KTNV-TV programming / ABC
13.2480i4:3KTNV-SD
13.3KTNV-DTLive Well Network

Analog-to-digital conversion

KTNV-TV turned-off its analog transmitter on June 12, 2009.[2] The station's digital broadcasts moved back to channel 13. As with all of Journal's television stations, the station also added the "-TV" suffix to its calls to become KTNV-TV.

Programming

KTNV presently carries ABC network programming (primetime, late night, national morning and evening news, and daytime) largely in its entirety, with few preemptions.

Over the past several years, KTNV has been phasing out syndicated programming and replacing it with either news, or more recently, self-produced lifestyle programming. Most notably in 2004 KTNV lost Oprah to rival CBS affiliate KLAS-TV (channel 8), replacing it with a half-hour 4 p.m. newscast and syndicated programming; and in 2009, KTNV declined to renew the local rights to the syndicated morning talk show Live with Regis and Kelly (replacing it with the Morning Blend). On March 5, 2012, the 4 p.m. newscast was moved back to 3:30 followed by the newly acquired Judge Judy (which it acquired from KSNV-DT).

Morning Blend

Following the lead of many Journal stations, The Morning Blend was launched in KTNV's 9 a.m. hour on July 6, 2010. The morning program, hosted by Dao Vu and Shawn Tempesta, is a mix of paid and unpaid segments. All segments which promote a certain product or company are clearly disclaimed on air. The show is produced through the sales and advertising departments.

News operation

Currently, KTNV-TV broadcasts a total of 38 1/2 hours of local newscasts each week (with six hours on weekdays and four hours each on Saturdays and Sundays). KTNV's newscasts have been called: News 13 Inside Las Vegas, News 13, 13 Inside Las Vegas, and Channel 13 News. This was discontinued in 2003 in favor of the current Action News campaign.

In 1994, Cathy Ray joined the station as primary anchor and was well liked until her departure in 2007 for health reasons.[3] For much of the 1990s and into the early 2000s, KTNV's style leaned toward tabloid. This style struggled to catch on with viewers and hurt the station's credibility, often leaving KTNV last in news ratings.

This trend has seen a major shift in recent years, however. In 2007, general manager Jim Prather ordered a major restructuring of the news department, bringing in new management to coincide with the station's move to a brand new HD complex in December of that year. In what was seen at the time as a coup for the station, long-time KSNV anchor Nina Radetich was brought on board and was paid to sit out a one year non-compete clause in her contract.[4] KSNV chief investigative reporter Darcy Spears was also brought on board.

In 2008 the news department launched its "You Ask, We Investigate" franchise, which has proved hugely successful. Coupled with the popular consumer brand Contact 13, this helped give KTNV a reputation for fighting on behalf of viewers.

The 2007 shakeup began the current ratings gains seen by KTNV. In recent years the station is consistently rated number one in key demographics at 11pm. Early evening programming has also seen gains.

News/station presentation

Newscast titles

Station slogans

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News team[8]

Anchors

13 Action News Weather First

Reporters

Morning Blend

Notable former on-air staff

Translator stations

KTNV can also be seen on the following translator stations:

External links

References