Semi-satellite of KCVU,
Paradise/Chico/Redding, California
LOGO KBVU FOX28 solid legal.png
BrandingFox 28 (general)
North Coast News (newscasts)
Affiliations28.1: Fox
28.2: Comet
28.3: Charge!
28.6: Stadium
OperatorSinclair Broadcast Group
FoundedJuly 10, 1991
First air date
July 20, 1994 (28 years ago) (1994-07-20)
Former call signs
Former channel number(s)
29 (UHF, 1994–2008)
Both secondary:
UPN (1995–1997)
The WB (1995–1998)
Call sign meaning
Best VU (as in "view")
possible rhyming variations of unrelated Fox station KTVU in Oakland
Technical information
Licensing authority
Facility ID58618
ERP50 kW
30 kW (application)[1]
HAAT512 m (1,680 ft)
Transmitter coordinates40°43′38.3″N 123°58′21.1″W / 40.727306°N 123.972528°W / 40.727306; -123.972528
40°43′41.9″N 123°58′21.5″W / 40.728306°N 123.972639°W / 40.728306; -123.972639 (application)[1]
Public license information

KBVU (channel 28) is a television station in Eureka, California, United States, affiliated with the Fox network. It is owned by Cunningham Broadcasting, which maintains a local marketing agreement (LMA) with the Sinclair Broadcast Group, owner of Arcata-licensed ABC affiliate KAEF-TV (channel 23), for the provision of certain services. 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] KBVU is also sister to two low-power stations owned by Sinclair: dual CW/MyNetworkTV affiliate KECA-LD (channel 29) and Univision affiliate KEUV-LD (channel 35). The stations share studios on Sixth Street in downtown Eureka, while 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 ParadiseChicoRedding. 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 most 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. Prior to KBVU's launch, Fox's programming was only available via a secondary affiliation with ABC affiliates KAEF and KFWU (both satellites of KRCR-TV), while out-of-market affiliates KTVU and KTXL were imported by some cable providers.

On April 21, 2017, Sinclair Broadcast Group purchased KBVU as part of a four-station deal.[2] The sale was completed on September 1.[3]


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.

Technical information


The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect Short name Programming[4]
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 financial hardship.[5] The station's digital signal broadcasts on its pre-transition UHF channel 28.


  1. ^ a b "TV Query Results -- Video Division (FCC) USA". transition.fcc.gov.
  2. ^ Houston, Will (April 4, 2017). "Media giant Sinclair Broadcast Group to buy four Eureka stations". Retrieved July 10, 2017.
  3. ^ "Consummation Notice". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. September 5, 2017. Retrieved September 6, 2017.
  4. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for KBVU
  5. ^ "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.