KVUE

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KVUE
KVUE 2013 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)
Subchannels24.1 ABC
24.2 Estrella TV
24.3 The Local AccuWeather Channel
AffiliationsABC
OwnerGannett Company
(KVUE Television, Inc.)
First air dateSeptember 12, 1971
Call letters' meaningK-VUE, pronounced "k-view"
Former channel number(s)Analog:
24 (UHF, 1971–2009)
Transmitter power1000 kW
Height376 m
Facility ID35867
Transmitter coordinates30°19′19.3″N 97°48′12.6″W / 30.322028°N 97.803500°W / 30.322028; -97.803500
Websitewww.kvue.com
 
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KVUE
KVUE 2013 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)
Subchannels24.1 ABC
24.2 Estrella TV
24.3 The Local AccuWeather Channel
AffiliationsABC
OwnerGannett Company
(KVUE Television, Inc.)
First air dateSeptember 12, 1971
Call letters' meaningK-VUE, pronounced "k-view"
Former channel number(s)Analog:
24 (UHF, 1971–2009)
Transmitter power1000 kW
Height376 m
Facility ID35867
Transmitter coordinates30°19′19.3″N 97°48′12.6″W / 30.322028°N 97.803500°W / 30.322028; -97.803500
Websitewww.kvue.com

KVUE, virtual channel 24 (UHF digital channel 33), is an ABC-affiliated television station located in Austin, Texas, United States. The station was owned by Gannett Company until 1998 when it "swapped" a California affiliate with Belo Corporation. The station returned to Gannett ownership in late 2013. KVUE maintains studios are located 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). Syndicated programming seen on KVUE includes Entertainment Tonight, Live! with Kelly and Michael, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, omg! Insider and Katie.

History[edit]

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), which carried the network through a secondary affiliation with the network (all three networks of the time – ABC, NBC and CBS – had their programming shoehorned onto KTBC's schedule), though most of the market could pick up San Antonio's KSAT-TV with a decent antenna. Unlike most affiliates with the network in then two-station markets, KHFI-TV (channel 36, now KXAN-TV) did not take on a secondary affiliation with ABC when that station signed on in February 1965.

Universal Communications, the broadcasting arm of The 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, which once again put KVUE under Gannett ownership.[3]

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

ChannelVideoAspectPSIP Short NameProgramming[4]
24.1720p16:9KVUE-DTMain KVUE programming / ABC
24.2480i4:3NVUE-TVEstrella TV[5]
24.316:9KVUE-3KVUE Storm Team

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

KVUE shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 24, on February 17, 2009, the original date in which full-power television stations in the United States were to transition from analog to digital broadcasts under federal mandate (which was later pushed back to June 12, 2009). The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 33.[6] Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 24.

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

News operation[edit]

KVUE newscast title card; seen nightly at 10.

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.

News/station presentation[edit]

Station slogans[edit]

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News team[edit]

Current on-air staff[8][edit]

Anchors
KVUE StormTeam
Sports team
Reporters
  • Kris Betts - general assignment reporter
  • Shelton Green - nightbeat/general assignment reporter
  • Jessica Holloway - police and crime reporter
  • Heather Kovar - general assignment reporter
  • Melissa Mahadeo - Williamson County/general assignment reporter
  • Shannon Murray - general assignment reporter
  • Andy Pierrotti - The Lead Defenders investigative reporter
  • Tony Plohetski - The Lead Defenders investigative reporter
  • Jessica Vess - weekday morning reporter
  • Mark Wiggins - political reporter
Belo bureau correspondents

Notable former on-air staff[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]