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Semi-satellite of KCVU,
Paradise/Chico/Redding, California
KBVU Fox 28 logo.png
Eureka, California
United States
ChannelsDigital: 28 (UHF)
Virtual: 28 (PSIP)
BrandingFox 28 (general)
North Coast News (newscasts)
Affiliations28.1: Fox
28.2: Comet
28.3: Charge!
28.6: Stadium
OwnerCunningham Broadcasting
(Eureka (KBVU-TV) Licensee, Inc.)
OperatorSinclair Broadcast Group
FoundedJuly 10, 1991
First air date
July 20, 1994 (26 years ago) (1994-07-20)
Former call signs
Former channel number(s)
29 (UHF, 1994–2009)
Both secondary:
UPN (1995–1997)
The WB (1995–1998)
Call sign meaning
Best VU (as in "view")
possible rhyming variations of San Francisco Fox affiliate KTVU)
Technical information
Licensing authority
Facility ID58618
ERP50 kW
HAAT513 m (1,683 ft)
Transmitter coordinates40°43′41.9″N 123°58′21.4″W / 40.728306°N 123.972611°W / 40.728306; -123.972611
Public license information

KBVU, virtual and UHF digital channel 28, is a Fox-affiliated television station licensed to Eureka, California, United States. Owned by Cunningham Broadcasting, it is operated under a local marketing agreement (LMA) by the Sinclair Broadcast Group, making it a sister station to Arcata-licensed ABC affiliate KAEF-TV (channel 23). However, Sinclair effectively owns KBVU as the majority of Cunningham's stock is owned by the family of deceased group founder Julian Smith.[citation needed] It is also sister to two low-power stations: dual CW/MyNetworkTV affiliate KECA-LD (channel 29), and Univision affiliate KEUV-LP (channel 35). The four stations share studios on Sixth Street in downtown Eureka; KBVU's transmitter is located along Barry Road southeast of Eureka.

Although it identifies as a station in its own right, KBVU is considered a semi-satellite of KCVU (channel 20) in Paradise/Chico/Redding. As such, it clears all network programming as provided through its parent station but airs a separate offering of syndicated programming; there are also separate local newscasts, commercial inserts and legal station identifications. Master control and some internal operations are based at the shared studios of KCVU and LMA partner KRCR-TV on Auditorium Drive in Redding.


The station signed on the air as a Fox affiliate on July 20, 1994, replacing two satellite stations of KRCR-TV which broadcast both ABC and Fox programming. Prior to the launch of the station, the network's programming was only available via KAEF or KFWU (which both carried the network as a secondary affiliation), while out-of-market affiliates KTVU and KTXL-TV were imported by some cable providers.

On April 21, 2017, Sinclair Broadcast Group purchased KBVU as part of a four-station deal.[1] The sale was completed on September 1.[2]

Digital television

Digital channels

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[3]
28.1 720p 16:9 KBVU-HD Main KBVU programming / Fox
28.2 480i COMET Comet
28.3 CHARGE Charge!
28.6 STADIUM Stadium

Analog-to-digital conversion

KBVU shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 29, on December 22, 2008, along with KCVU, due to lack of funding.[4] The station's digital signal broadcasts on its pre-transition UHF channel 28.


KBVU currently airs 2½ hours of newscasts each week, all on weeknights at 10 p.m., as North Coast News on KBVU Fox 28 at 10. The newscasts are produced by sister station KAEF.


  1. ^ Houston, Will (April 4, 2017). "Media giant Sinclair Broadcast Group to buy four Eureka stations". Retrieved July 10, 2017.
  2. ^ "Consummation Notice". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. September 5, 2017. Retrieved September 6, 2017.
  3. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for KBVU
  4. ^ "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and the Second Rounds" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on August 29, 2013. Retrieved March 24, 2012.
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