CitySan Jose, California
BrandingKQED Plus
Affiliations54.1: PBS
54.2: KQED simulcast
54.3: KQED World
54.4: KQED Kids
OwnerKQED Inc.
First air date
October 19, 1964 (58 years ago) (1964-10-19)
Former call signs
KTEH (1964–2011)
Former channel number(s)
54 (UHF, 1964–2009)
50 (UHF, until 2018)
NET (1964–1970)
V-me (2007–2017)
World (January–December 2017, now on 54.3)
Call sign meaning
portmanteau of KQED and former KTEH call sign
Technical information
Licensing authority
Facility ID35663
ERP1000 kW
HAAT511.7 m (1,679 ft)
Transmitter coordinates37°45′19″N 122°27′10″W / 37.75528°N 122.45278°W / 37.75528; -122.45278 (KQEH)Coordinates: 37°45′19″N 122°27′10″W / 37.75528°N 122.45278°W / 37.75528; -122.45278 (KQEH)
Public license information

KQEH, virtual channel 54 (UHF digital channel 30), branded on-air as KQED Plus, is a Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) member television station licensed to San Jose, California, United States and serving the San Francisco Bay Area. The station is owned by KQED Inc., alongside fellow PBS station KQED (channel 9) in San Francisco, its satellite KQET (channel 25) in Watsonville, National Public Radio (NPR) member KQED-FM (88.5) and KQEI (89.3). The three stations share studios on Mariposa Street in San Francisco's Mission District and transmitter facilities atop Sutro Tower; until January 17, 2018, KQEH's transmitter was located atop Monument Peak. On cable, the station is available on channel 10 on most providers in the market.


KTEH's last logo before merging with KQED, used from 1993 through August 31, 2008
KTEH's last logo before merging with KQED, used from 1993 through August 31, 2008

The station first signed on the air on October 19, 1964, as KTEH. In the late 1990s, KTEH bought KCAH in Watsonville, which was founded in 1989 to serve as the PBS station for the Monterey/Salinas/Santa Cruz market. Before being acquired by KQED, KTEH maintained a Technical Volunteer program, which allowed volunteers to learn how to operate cameras, audio, shading, directing and other production and technical responsibilities, while minimizing its costs. These volunteers made up the technical crews for all of their pledge drives and auction programming, as well as other occasional live broadcasts.

In 2006, KQED, Inc. and the KTEH Foundation agreed to merge to form Northern California Public Broadcasting, a name that was changed back to KQED, Inc. in 2010.[1] As a result of the merger, KCAH changed its call letters to KQET on August 12, 2007. Subsequently, on October 1, 2007, KQET, which became a satellite of KTEH following its acquisition of the station, switched programming sources from KTEH to KQED. KQET's programming is carried on the second digital subchannel of KQED.

Last logo as KTEH, used from September 1, 2008 through June 30, 2011
Last logo as KTEH, used from September 1, 2008 through June 30, 2011

In December 2010, the Board of Directors of Northern California Public Broadcasting changed the organization's name to KQED Inc. The station changed its call letters to KQEH and rebranded as "KQED Plus" on July 1, 2011, after research found that most viewers were unaware that KTEH was related to KQED; other aspects of the station's operation, including programming and staff, were not affected by this change.[2]

Digital television

Digital channels

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect Short name Programming[3]
54.1 1080i 16:9 KQED+HD Main KQEH programming / PBS
54.2 KQED-HD Simulcast of KQED
54.3 480i WORLD KQED World
54.4 KIDS KQED Kids

Analog-to-digital conversion

KQEH (as KTEH) shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 54, on June 12, 2009, as part of the federally mandated transition from analog to digital television.[4] The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 50, using PSIP to display KQEH's virtual channel as 54 on digital television receivers, which was among the high band UHF channels (52-69) that were removed from broadcasting use as a result of the transition. On January 17, 2018, the DTV transmitter for KQEH was turned off, and KQEH programming was shifted to virtual channels broadcast by KQED from Sutro Tower.[5]


KQED Life formerly launched on August 1, 2003, on KQED 9. In 2007 (after the merger of KQED and KTEH into Northern California Public Broadcasting), Life moved to 54.3 from channel 9.6.[6] On July 1, 2011 (after renaming KTEH to KQEH), the word "KQED" was brought back.[7] On December 15, 2017, KQED Life went permanently off the air[8] and the World Channel was moved from 54.5 to 54.3, after a result of KQEH frequencies moving to Sutro Tower.[9]


KQED Kids launched on August 1, 2003, on KQED 9. After the merging of KQED and KTEH into Northern California Public Broadcasting, Kids moved to 54.4 from channel 9.5.[6] On July 1, 2011, KTEH renamed to KQEH and the word "KQED" was brought back.[7] On January 16, 2017, KQED Kids was replaced to the 24/7 PBS Kids Channel.[10]


V-me formerly carried on 54.5 on January 16, 2017, by the launch of the PBS Kids 24/7 that also replaced the KQED Kids local kids station, and to KQED World on 54.5.[10][11]


In April 1981, KTEH started showing the British science-fantasy show Doctor Who, which ran on the station until January 2003. On April 10, 2007, Doctor Who returned to the station with the airing of the program's 2005 revival. KTEH has also aired another British sci-fi show, Red Dwarf. In 1998, KTEH aired the entire eighth series of Red Dwarf in one night. In doing so, many episodes were shown on KTEH before their broadcast on British television.[12][13]

In the mid-1990s, Scott Apel hosted airings of The Prisoner with commentary, using an episode ordering he devised. The ordering is still a popular one in the Prisoner fandom, referred to as "KTEH order".[citation needed]

KTEH also has a long history of close ties to the anime fandom. From the early 1990s up until 2003, Sunday night viewers were treated to a selection of anime found nowhere else on United States TV at the time. KTEH was notable as the station that saw the broadcast premiere of Neon Genesis Evangelion (subtitled) in America, as well as (dubbed) Tenchi Muyo! Ryo-Ohki and Tenchi Universe TV series. These shows were later shown on Cartoon Network's Toonami programming block. Other anime that have aired on KTEH include, but were not limited to, Bubblegum Crisis, Key the Metal Idol,[14] subtitled versions of Dirty Pair Flash, All Purpose Cultural Cat Girl Nuku Nuku, Urusei Yatsura,[15] Sakura Wars and Corrector Yui, and dubbed versions of Serial Experiments Lain,[16] City Hunter, Please Save My Earth,[17][18] Ranma ½,[19] Sailor Moon, Full Metal Panic!, Magic Knight Rayearth, Martian Successor Nadesico, Betterman, Robotech, Mobile Suit Gundam, Cardcaptor Sakura, Astro Boy, Gatchaman, and Samurai Pizza Cats.

Karen Roberts was the person responsible for acquiring the programming for both British television series and Japanese anime.[20]

Local productions

This article needs to be updated. Please help update this section to reflect recent events or newly available information. (July 2011)

KTEH has produced many television programs over the years, some of which have been nationally broadcast. Its current production schedule includes:[21]

KTEH was the production company for several other productions:[24]

See also


  1. ^ "KQED, Inc. (San Francisco) and KTEH Foundation (San Jose) Form New Broadcast Organization: Northern California Public Broadcasting". KQED. KQED.org. May 1, 2006. Archived from the original on August 15, 2008. Retrieved May 2, 2006.
  2. ^ Barney, Chuck (June 22, 2011). "TV station KTEH to drop call letters, become KQED Plus". San Jose Mercury News. Retrieved July 2, 2011.
  3. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for KQEH
  4. ^ List of Digital Full-Power Stations Archived 2013-08-29 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ Hicks, Chris (December 13, 2017). "KQED will no longer broadcast the KQEH signal from Monument Peak Tower effective 1/5/2018". blogs.kqed.org. Archived from the original on December 16, 2017.
  6. ^ a b Hamlin, Jesse (May 2, 2006). "KQED-TV and KTEH to merge / Goal is to cut costs, expand programming". SFGate. Retrieved 2018-06-29.
  7. ^ a b Barney, Chuck (June 22, 2011). "TV station KTEH to drop call letters, become KQED Plus". San Jose Mercury News. Retrieved 2018-06-29.
  8. ^ https://a.s.kqed.net/pdf/tv/schedules/kqed-channel-changes-dec2017.pdf[bare URL PDF]
  9. ^ "Help Center: TELEVISION FAQ". helpcenter.kqed.org. Archived from the original on 2018-06-20. Retrieved 2018-06-29.
  10. ^ a b Barney, Chuck (January 15, 2017). "PBS launches 24/7 children's channel". San Jose Mercury News. Retrieved 2018-06-29.
  11. ^ Sefton, Dru (December 14, 2016). "Spanish-language multicaster Vme will soon drop public TV service". Current. Retrieved 2020-04-08.
  12. ^ "Mr. Hippo reviews Episode 2 of "Red Dwarf" Series 8". AintItCool.com.
  13. ^ "Reader reviews "Red Dwarf" Series 8 premiere !!!". AintItCool News.
  14. ^ "PSME to air on KTEH". Anime News Network. 6 July 1999. Retrieved 16 July 2009.
  15. ^ Antonucci, Mike (February 8, 1998). "Anime Magnetism Drawing Power of Japanese Animation Tapes, Festivals Makes Imprint on U.S. Culture". The Mercury News. Moreover, in a nod to the purists who want subtitles instead of dubbing, KTEH is running a block of four anime episodes in that format March 8, starting at 9 p.m. The program is Urusei Yatsura, a comedy about aliens who want to repossess the Earth and the luckless, lecherous lad who opposes them.
  16. ^ "Miss Media Junkie: Anime on PBS". Miss Media Junkie. June 15, 2018.
  17. ^ "Viz Series Goes Broadcast". Anime News Network. 3 January 2000. Retrieved 22 April 2013.
  18. ^ Chun, Kimberly (February 13, 1998). "Fans Become Animated About Japanese-Style Cartoons". San Francisco Chronicle. Hearst Newspapers. Retrieved 16 July 2009.
  19. ^ "San Jose TV station to show Dirty Pair Flash". Anime News Network. 9 November 2000. Retrieved 22 April 2013.
  20. ^ "Karen Roberts". San Francisco Chronicle. September 7, 2006. Retrieved February 9, 2018.
  21. ^ "KTEH Productions". kteh.org.
  22. ^ NATAS - San Francisco/Northern California. "40th Annual Northern California Area Emmy® Awards 2010-2011" (PDF). National Academy Television Arts & Sciences. Retrieved 11 June 2011.
  23. ^ PBS "KTEH wins the first PBS Interactive Innovation of the Year award". PBS.org. May 12, 2009.
  24. ^ KTEH. IMDb.
  25. ^ The Battle for Mono Lake. ITVS.org.