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|Channels||Digital: 33 (UHF)|
Virtual: 24 (PSIP)
KVUE News (newscasts)
|Slogan||Where Trust is Earned. (general)|
Austin's News Station (newscasts)
24.2: Estrella TV
24.3: True Crime Network (O&O)
24.4: Quest (O&O)
|Owner||Tegna Inc. |
(KVUE Television, Inc.)
|KENS (San Antonio)|
First air date
|September 12, 1971|
Former channel number(s)
24 (UHF, 1971–2009)
Call sign meaning
|K-VUE, pronounced "k-view"|
|HAAT||376 m (1,234 ft)|
Public license information
KVUE, virtual channel 24 (UHF digital channel 33), is an ABC-affiliated television station licensed to Austin, Texas, United States. The station is owned by Tegna Inc. KVUE's studios are located on Steck Avenue just east of Loop 1 in northwest Austin, and its transmitter is located on the West Austin Antenna Farm northwest of downtown Austin.
The station first signed on the air on September 12, 1971, 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), though most of the market could pick up San Antonio's KSAT-TV with a decent antenna. Unlike most network affiliates in then two-station markets, KHFI-TV (channel 42, now KXAN-TV on channel 36) did not take on a secondary affiliation with ABC when that station signed on in February 1965.
Universal Communications, the broadcasting arm of 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. The sale was completed on December 23, which once again put KVUE under Gannett ownership and reunited the station with several of its sister stations for the first time in 14 years, as well as becoming a sister station to KXTV in Sacramento for the first time.
In 2014, KVUE won a Peabody Award for a documentary entitled The Cost of Troubled Minds, about Texas' underinvestment in addressing mental health care. Specifically honored were film-makers Andy Pierrotti, Derek Rasor, Matt Olsen, Patti C. Smith, Frank Volpicella and Michelle Chism.
On June 29, 2015, the Gannett Company split in two, with one side specializing in print media and the other side specializing in broadcast and digital media. KVUE was retained by the latter company, named Tegna.
The station's digital signal is multiplexed:
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|24.1||1080i||16:9||KVUE-DT||Main KVUE programming / ABC|
|24.3||Crime||True Crime Network|
KVUE shut down its analog signal on February 17, 2009, as part of the FCC-mandated transition to digital television for full-power stations (which Congress had moved the previous month to June 12). The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 33, using PSIP to display KVUE's virtual channel as 24 on digital television receivers.
KVUE is one of the few ABC stations to delay Jimmy Kimmel Live! and Nightline by a half hour on Fridays during high school football season. Syndicated programming seen on KVUE includes Entertainment Tonight, Live with Kelly and Ryan, and The Ellen DeGeneres Show. KVUE also broadcast Dr. Red Duke's syndicated medical reports throughout the Austin metro area for much of the 1980s and 1990s.
Sports programming on KVUE is provided through ESPN on ABC; the station airs any Texas Longhorns football games selected for the network's college football package. This includes the team's national championship victory in 2005.
This section needs expansion with: further information on the history of KVUE's news department. You can help by adding to it. (October 2013)
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.
Notable former on-air staff
- Arthel Neville - reporter (later CNN and Fox News; most recently at KSWB-TV in San Diego)
- Fred Roggin - sports anchor (now at KNBC in Los Angeles)
- Casey Stegall - anchor/reporter (2004-2005; now Los Angeles bureau correspondent at Fox News Channel)
- "About Us". KVUE. Retrieved November 3, 2008.
- "Gannett to buy TV station owner Belo for $1.5B". Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Associated Press. June 13, 2013. Retrieved June 13, 2013.
- "Gannett Completes Its Acquisition Of Belo". TVNewsCheck. December 23, 2019. Retrieved February 25, 2020.
Richard Whittaker (April 29, 2015). "Film Flam: Linklater, Krisha, and Slackerwood". Austin Chronicle. Retrieved October 1, 2016.
The National Association of Broadcasters honored Andy Pierrotti, photojournalists Derek Rasor and Matt Olsen, president general manager Patti C. Smith, news director Frank Volpicella and assistant news director Michelle Chism for The Cost of Troubled Minds, a seven month investigation into the staggering and frightening underinvestment in mental health care in Texas.
- "Separation of Gannett into two public companies completed | TEGNA". Tegna. Retrieved June 29, 2015.
- "Digital TV Market Listing for KVUE". RabbitEars. Retrieved February 25, 2020.
- "Four Belo Stations Grab Estrella TV". Broadcasting & Cable. May 19, 2009. Retrieved June 5, 2009.
- "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and Second Rounds" (PDF). FCC. p. 27. Archived from the original (PDF) on August 29, 2013. Retrieved February 2, 2020.
- Official website
- KVUE in the FCC's TV station database
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KVUE-TV