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San Francisco/Oakland/San Jose, California
United States
CitySan Francisco, California
BrandingUnivision 14 (general)
Noticias Univision 14 (news)
SloganLa que nos Une
(The one that unites us)
ChannelsDigital: 51 (UHF)
(shared with KTSF; to move to 20 (UHF))
Virtual: 14 (PSIP)
TranslatorsKDTV-CD 28 (UHF) Santa Rosa
KFSF-DT 66.2 (34.2 UHF) Vallejo
AffiliationsUnivision (O&O)
OwnerUnivision Communications
(KDTV License Partnership, GP)
First air dateAugust 13, 1975 (43 years ago) (1975-08-13)
Sister station(s)KFSF-DT
Former channel number(s)Analog:
60 (UHF, 1975–1979)
14 (UHF, 1979–2009)
Former affiliationsSIN (1975–1987)
Transmitter power476.3 kW
200 kW (CP)
Height701 m (2,300 ft)
Facility ID33778
Transmitter coordinates37°29′57″N 121°52′20″W / 37.49917°N 121.87222°W / 37.49917; -121.87222
Licensing authorityFCC
Public license information:Profile

KDTV-DT, virtual channel 14 (UHF digital channel 51), is a Univision owned-and-operated television station licensed to San Francisco, California, United States and serving the San Francisco Bay Area. The station is owned by the Univision Local Media subsidiary of Univision Communications, as part of a duopoly with Vallejo-licensed UniMás owned-and-operated station KFSF-DT (channel 66). The two stations share studios on Zanker Road in San Jose;[1][2] KDTV's transmitter is located on Mount Allison in Fremont. The station's signal is relayed on Class A digital translator KDTV-CD (channel 28) in Santa Rosa.


Former logo, used until December 31, 2012.
Former logo, used until December 31, 2012.

The station first signed on the air on August 13, 1975 as an affiliate of the Spanish International Network (the predecessor of Univision), broadcasting on UHF channel 60; it was the Bay Area's first exclusively Spanish-language television station. It was originally owned by a local group headed by Spanish International Network executive Reynold Anselmo.

In 1979, KDTV reached a deal with San Mateo-based PBS member station KCSM-TV (now KPJK, an independent non-commercial educational station) to transfer its full-power color facilities to that station; on March 5 of that year, KCSM and KDTV swapped transmitting facilities and channel assignments: KCSM moved to channel 60 and began transmitting from atop San Bruno Mountain's Radio Peak, while KDTV moved to UHF channel 14 and began transmitting from Mission Peak.

KDTV was acquired by Univision outright in 1992, turning KDTV into the market's third owned-and-operated station (behind KGO-TV, channel 7, which has been owned by ABC since it signed on in 1949, and KSTS, channel 48, which has been owned by Telemundo since 1987).

In 2016, the station moved into a new, state-of-the-art studio facility in San Jose. KDTV general manager Raul Rodriguez cited the high cost of doing business in San Francisco and the increase of Hispanic population in Santa Clara County. However, the station will have a smaller bureau in San Francisco to cover stories from the East Bay, San Francisco, and the North Bay.[3]

Digital television

Digital channels

The stations' digital channel is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[4]
14.1 / 28.1 1080i 16:9 KDTV-HD Main KDTV programming / Univision
14.2 / 28.2 KFSF-HD Simulcast of KFSF-DT / UniMás
14.3 / 28.3 480i 4:3 GETTV getTV
14.4 / 28.4 ESCAPE Escape

Analog-to-digital conversion

KDTV shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 14, on June 12, 2009, as part of the federally mandated transition from analog to digital television.[5] The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 51, using PSIP to display KDTV's virtual channel as 14 on digital television receivers.

News operation

KDTV presently broadcasts seven hours of locally produced newscasts each week (with one hour each on weekdays, Saturdays and Sundays). Enrique Gratas, former anchor of Univision's late night newscast Noticiero Univision Última Hora, was the original anchor of KDTV's newscasts when the station launched. In November 2007, KDTV had the highest-rated newscast in the Bay Area among adults 25 to 54 in the 6 p.m. timeslot. This was the first occurrence in the market in which a Spanish-language news program earned higher ratings than those of its English-language counterparts.[6]

In November 2011, KDTV introduced a new set, as well as standardized graphics package used by its Univision-owned news-producing sister stations. With the change, KDTV began broadcasting its local newscasts in 16:9 widescreen standard definition.[7] On August 8, 2014 the station struck a news partnership with KGO-TV to share news content and cross-promote its newscasts. KDTV is the second station to have a partnership with ABC since its sister station WUVP-TV in Philadelphia partnered with WPVI-TV.


  1. ^ Univision moves Bay Area studio to San Jose Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved on August 19, 2017.
  2. ^ Univision 14 will move SF headquarters to San Jose Media Moves. Retrieved on August 19, 2017
  3. ^ Univision to move its Bay Area headquarters to San Jose from San Francisco San Jose Mercury News. Retrieved on August 19, 2017.
  4. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for KDTV
  5. ^ List of Digital Full-Power Stations Archived 2013-08-29 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ Garofoli, Joe (December 1, 2007). "Spanish-language KDTV celebrates top rating for 6 p.m. newscast". San Francisco Chronicle. p. A-1. Retrieved 2007-12-01.
  7. ^ [1]

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