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KBTV-TV
Port Arthur/Beaumont/Orange, Texas
United States
CityPort Arthur, Texas
ChannelsDigital: 27 (UHF)
Virtual: 4
Programming
Affiliations4.1: Dabl[1][2]
4.2: TBD
4.3: Comet TV
4.4: Stadium
4.5: Charge!
Ownership
OwnerDeerfield Media
(Deerfield Media (Port Arthur) Licensee, LLC)
OperatorSinclair Broadcast Group
(via JSA/SSA)
KFDM, Bally Sports Southwest
History
First air date
October 22, 1957 (63 years ago) (1957-10-22)
Former call signs
KPAC-TV (1957–1965)
KJAC-TV (1965–1999)
Former channel number(s)
Analog:
4 (VHF, 1957–2009)
Digital:
40 (UHF, 2002–2018)
Analog/DT1:
NBC (1957–2009)
Fox (2009–2021)
DT5:
Dabl (until 2021)
Call sign meaning
Beaumont TeleVision
Technical information
Licensing authority
FCC
Facility ID61214
ERP1 MW
HAAT252.8 m (829 ft)
Transmitter coordinates30°9′20″N 93°59′10″W / 30.15556°N 93.98611°W / 30.15556; -93.98611
Links
Public license information
Profile
LMS

KBTV-TV, virtual channel 4 (UHF digital channel 27), is a Dabl-affiliated television station licensed to Port Arthur, Texas, United States and serving southeast Texas' Golden Triangle region. Owned by Deerfield Media, it is operated under joint sales and shared services agreements (JSA/SSA) by the Sinclair Broadcast Group, making it a sister station to Beaumont-licensed CBS/CW+/Fox affiliate KFDM (channel 6). The two stations share studios at the I-10/US 69 (Eastex Freeway) interchange in Beaumont; KBTV-TV's transmitter is located in Vidor.

History

Channel 4 signed on October 22, 1957 as KPAC-TV, an NBC affiliate owned by Texas Gulfcoast Television, Inc., itself jointly owned by Port Arthur College, owner of KPAC radio (1250 AM, now KDEI; and 98.5 FM, now KTJM), and the Jefferson Amusement Company.[3] Port Arthur College sold its stake in the station to the Jefferson Amusement Company in 1965; as Port Arthur College retained the radio stations, channel 4 changed its call letters to KJAC-TV (the call letters were derived from the company's name).[4]

The station was the first in the area to broadcast in color, use video tape, and air live coverage of area high school football games. Among the original programming that originated at KPAC/KJAC's studios were wrestling, the kid's western show Cowboy John, afternoon Bingo, and the Circle 4 Club. During the 1950s, KPAC also had the only local teen dance program, Jive At Five. Both The Cowboy John Show and Jive At Five had "colored days", in which African Americans were permitted to participate.

Jefferson Entertainment Company sold KJAC to Clay Communications in 1973;[5] As part of the divestiture of the company's newspaper and television properties, on April 30, 1987, Clay sold its KJAC and its four sister television stations—NBC affiliate KFDX-TV in Wichita Falls, and ABC affiliates WAPT in Jackson, Mississippi and WWAY in Wilmington, North Carolina—to New York City-based Price Communications Corporation for $60 million; the sale was approved by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on June 23.[6][7][8][9][10] On August 23, 1995, Price sold KJAC and fellow NBC affiliates KSNF-TV in Joplin, Missouri and KFDX-TV to Wakefield, Rhode Island-based upstart USA Broadcast Group for $42 million, retaining ABC affiliate WHTM-TV in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania as its sole television property (USA soon renamed itself to U.S. Broadcast Group after USA Network filed a copyright infringement complaint against the broadcasting company).[11][12][13]

KBTV's last logo as an NBC affiliate; several versions of this logo were used from when the station became KBTV in 1999 until affiliating with Fox in 2009.
KBTV's last logo as an NBC affiliate; several versions of this logo were used from when the station became KBTV in 1999 until affiliating with Fox in 2009.

On January 12, 1998, Irving-based Nexstar Broadcasting Group acquired KFDX-TV, KBTV-TV and KSNF from U.S. Broadcast Group for $64.3 million. On June 11, 1999, the station took its present KBTV-TV callsign to align itself more with Beaumont, even though it is still licensed to Port Arthur. The call letters had previously been used by channel 9 in Denver (now KUSA) and channel 8 in Dallas (now WFAA). KBTV-TV also shares its call letters with KBTV-CD channel 51 in Sacramento, California. To go along with the call change, KBTV moved from its Port Arthur studios to studios inside Parkdale Mall in Beaumont, where it remained until it moved to KFDM's studios in April 2013. The station was one of the few television stations in the country to have studios located inside a major shopping center.

KBTV's first "Fox 4" logo, used from 2009 until 2014
KBTV's first "Fox 4" logo, used from 2009 until 2014

In October 2008, Nexstar reached an agreement with Fox in which KBTV would become the new Fox affiliate for the Beaumont market. The move was made because Nexstar wanted to increase KBTV's news output. The affiliation switch took effect on January 1, 2009, ending KBTV's 51-year affiliation with NBC. This caused a shakeup in the market as NBC went to a digital subchannel of ABC affiliate KBMT, while KUIL-LP (a former satellite of Lake Charles-based KVHP), which lost Fox, went independent at that time.[14] The now-KUIL-LD has since become operated by KBMT and affiliated with MyNetworkTV. With this switch, KBTV became the third Fox affiliate to serve southeastern Texas after both KVHP (which served as the network's affiliate of record for the Beaumont area for the network's first sixteen years of existence) and KUIL-LP.

On February 2, 2009 at 2 p.m., a fire destroyed KBTV's old studios in Port Arthur at 2900 17th Street,[15][16] a mere 12 hours from giving control to Nexstar's master control hub in Little Rock, Arkansas.[citation needed] ATF investigated and no suspect has ever been found. Originally the station's home from its 1957 sign-on until 1999, the building primarily served after the move as a storage facility, though the station's doppler weather radar was still based there.[15] The building was demolished a few months later.

Nexstar filed to sell off KBTV-TV to Deerfield Media on August 22, 2012, making this Nexstar's first divestiture in the company's history. Upon the deal's completion on December 3, 2012, the station entered into a joint sales agreement and a shared services agreement with Sinclair Broadcast Group, making it a sister station to CBS affiliate KFDM.[17]

On May 8, 2017, Sinclair announced that it would be acquiring Tribune Media in an all-cash transaction valued at $3.9 billion. Had it received regulatory approval from the FCC and the U.S. Department of Justice's Antitrust Division, KBTV would have gained two more sister stations, Dallas CW affiliate KDAF and Houston CW affiliate KIAH.[18] [19] The deal was canceled by Tribune in August 2018.

On January 1, 2021, Sinclair began to migrate KBTV's Fox programming to a subchannel of KFDM; the transition period ended on February 1, 2021, with KBTV switching its primary subchannel to Dabl.[20]

KBTV's last logo as a Fox affiliate, used from 2014 until 2021
KBTV's last logo as a Fox affiliate, used from 2014 until 2021

On July 28, 2021, the FCC issued a Forfeiture Order against Deerfield Media stemming from a lawsuit involving KBTV-TV. The lawsuit, filed by AT&T, alleged that Deerfield Media failed to negotiate for retransmission consent in good faith for KBTV and other Sinclair-managed stations. Deerfield was ordered to pay a fine of $512,228 per station named in the lawsuit, including KBTV.[21]

Digital television

Digital channels

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[22]
4.1 720p 16:9 Dabl Dabl
4.2 480i TBD TBD
4.3 Comet Comet TV
4.4 Stadium Stadium
4.5 Charge Charge
KBTV-DT2's former logo.
KBTV-DT2's former logo.

Analog-to-digital conversion

KBTV-TV shut down its analog signal, over VHF channel 4, on June 12, 2009, the official date in which full-power television stations in the United States transitioned from analog to digital broadcasts under federal mandate. The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 40.[23] Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former VHF analog channel 4.

News operation

As a Fox affiliate, KBTV carried a total of 23½ hours of local newscasts each week (4½ hours each weekday and a half-hour each on Saturdays and Sundays).

After KBTV affiliated with Fox, news was expanded from 1½ to three hours on weekday mornings, and the half-hour 5 and 6 p.m. newscasts were canceled and replaced with an hour-long 4 p.m. newscast. It also discontinued its 10 p.m. newscast, and moved it to 9 p.m. (and expanding it to one hour on weeknights), although some Fox affiliates in other markets maintain newscasts at both 9 and 10 p.m. KBTV had the distinction of being one of the smallest, if not the smallest Fox affiliate (in terms of market size) to carry late afternoon newscasts.

In September 2010, the 4 p.m. newscast was changed to a news/lifestyle format called Southeast Texas Live and a 5:30 p.m. newscast also debuted.

References

  1. ^ "Fox 4 moving to new home on KFDM 6.3". fox4beaumont.com. December 23, 2020. Retrieved December 27, 2020.
  2. ^ "KBTV Changes Channel for Antenna Users". beaumontenterprise.com. December 31, 2020. Retrieved December 31, 2020.
  3. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 1959 (PDF). 1959. p. B-79. Retrieved March 11, 2010.
  4. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 1967 (PDF). 1967. p. A-100. Archived from the original (PDF) on November 27, 2009. Retrieved March 11, 2010.
  5. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 1973 (PDF). 1973. p. A-82. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 8, 2010. Retrieved March 11, 2010.
  6. ^ "For the Record" (PDF). Broadcasting. Broadcasting Publications, Inc. May 4, 1987. p. 78. Retrieved June 14, 2018.
  7. ^ "For the Record" (PDF). Broadcasting. Broadcasting Publications, Inc. July 6, 1987. p. 88. Retrieved June 14, 2018.
  8. ^ "Suit Filed Against Raleigh". The Daily Oklahoman. Oklahoma Publishing Company. May 1, 1987. Retrieved August 5, 2017.
  9. ^ {{cite news|title=COMPANY NEWS; Clay-Price Pact On 4 TV Stations|url=https://www.nytimes.com/1987/05/01/business/company-news-clay-price-pact-on-4-tv-stations.html%7Cagency=Associated Press|newspaper= The New York Times
  10. ^ "Clay-Price Pact On 4 TV Stations". The New York Times. Associated Press. May 1, 1987. p. D4. Retrieved March 11, 2010.
  11. ^ "Changing Hands" (PDF). Broadcasting & Cable. Broadcasting Publications, Inc. August 28, 1995. p. 45. Retrieved June 14, 2018.
  12. ^ "Price Communications". The New York Times. August 23, 1995. Retrieved August 5, 2017.
  13. ^ "What's in a name? USA Broadcast Group now U.S. Broadcast Group". Broadcasting & Cable. Cahners Business Information. October 9, 1995. Archived from the original on June 11, 2014. Retrieved August 5, 2017. (subscription required)
  14. ^ http://www.businesswire.com/portal/site/google/?ndmViewId=news_view&newsId=20081029005174&newsLang=en
  15. ^ a b The News (Port Arthur): "Old Channel 4 building 'total loss' to fire", 2/2/2009. Archived 2009-11-03 at the Wayback Machine
  16. ^ Radio-Info: "KBTV Old Port Arthur Studios Destroyed in Fire", 2/3/2009.
  17. ^ "Application For Consent To Assignment Of Broadcast Station Construction Permit Or License". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved August 23, 2012.
  18. ^ Baker, Liana; Toonkel, Jessica (May 7, 2017). "Exclusive: Sinclair Broadcast nears deal for Tribune Media". Reuters. Retrieved May 7, 2017.
  19. ^ Stedman, Alex (May 7, 2017). "Sinclair Reportedly Near Deal to Buy Tribune Media". Variety. Retrieved May 7, 2017.
  20. ^ Dick, Jacob (2020-12-31). "KBTV changes channel for antenna users". Beaumont Enterprise. Retrieved 2021-02-06.
  21. ^ "Forfeiture Order" (PDF). Federal Communications Commission. 2021-07-28. Retrieved 2021-09-08.
  22. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for KBTV-TV
  23. ^ "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and the Second Rounds" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-08-29. Retrieved 2012-03-24.

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