|Salt Lake City, Utah|
|City||Salt Lake City|
|Channels||Digital: 15 (UHF)|
Virtual: 23 (PSIP)
|Owner||HC2 Holdings |
(HC2 Broadcasting, Inc.)
Former call signs
Former channel number(s)
23 (UHF, 2003-2015)
|Spanish Independent (2003–2012)|
Call sign meaning
|Bustos Media TV Utah (former owner)|
KBTU-LD, virtual channel 23 (UHF digital channel 15), is a low powered Azteca América-owned-and-operated television station licensed to Salt Lake City, Utah, United States. The station is owned by HC2 Holdings. The General Manager of KBTU is Ed Distel. KBTU is available over-the-air and on local cable but not on any of the satellite services.
The original construction permit was applied by Airwaves Broadcasting LLC in Park City, Utah in 2002.
Bustos Media used to own the station. In September 2010, Bustos transferred most of its licenses to Adelante Media Group as part of a settlement with its lenders. Adalante sold KBTU-LP, along with WBWT-LP in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to DTV America Corporation for $425,000 on July 16, 2015.
On January 1, 2022, Federal Communications Commission announced it was selling KBTU to Instituto Politécnico Nacional; the sale was completed on January 3. Upon the sale's completion, the station's affiliation was changed to Once, a network owned by Instituto Politécnico Nacional.
The station's digital signal is multiplexed:
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|23.1||480i||4:3||KBTU-LD||Simulcast of KPNZ / Azteca América|
|23.2||Sonlife Broadcasting Network|
|23.5||CBN News Channel|
KBTU-LD first applied for a construction permit on RF Channel 23 in August 2000, which was amended several times, and granted in 2004. As of May 2020, a construction permit for a move to RF 15 is pending.
KBTU provides local news for the Salt Lake Hispanic community at 5:00pm and 9:00pm titled "Noticias 23". This started on June 2, 2009. Prior to this KBTU was offering 15 minute "news capsules"  "Despertando Utah" (Wake Up, Utah) is a morning news show that started as a 30-minute program in 2006. It has since expanded to two hours starting at 7:00am. The show is hosted by Ely Martinez and Michelle Ortega. In 2009 KBTU cut six jobs and returned to the "news capsules" formula.