|Branding||ABC 4 Utah; ABC 4 News|
MeTV Utah (DT2)
First air date
|April 19, 1948|
Former call signs
Former channel number(s)
Call sign meaning
|HAAT||1,256 m (4,121 ft)|
Public license information
KTVX (channel 4) is a television station in Salt Lake City, Utah, United States, affiliated with ABC. It is owned by Nexstar Media Group alongside Ogden-licensed CW affiliate KUCW (channel 30). Both stations share studios on West 1700 South in Salt Lake City, while KTVX's transmitter is located atop Farnsworth Peak in the Oquirrh Mountains.
KTVX has a large network of broadcast translators that extend its over-the-air coverage throughout Utah, as well as portions of Idaho, Nevada and Wyoming.
KTVX traces its history back to the November 1946 sign-on of W6XIS, the first television station in Utah, which operated under an experimental broadcast license. The station began regular broadcasts on April 19, 1948 as KDYL-TV; it was originally owned by the Mountain Broadcasting Corporation (operated by Sid Fox), along with KDYL radio (1320 AM, now KNIT, and 98.7 FM, now KBEE). The floor in the original studio facility was sloped and cameras would easily roll. The station's original transmitter sat atop the Walker Bank Building. Channel 4 originally operated as an NBC affiliate owing to KDYL-AM's longtime affiliation with the NBC Red Network; the radio station had been one of the network's original 26 affiliates when it launched in 1926. In addition, the station also shared ABC programming with CBS affiliate KSL-TV (channel 5, now an NBC affiliate) until KUTV (channel 2) signed on in September 1954 as a full-time ABC affiliate. KTVX is the oldest television station located in the Mountain Time Zone and the third oldest station located west of the Mississippi River. It was also the first independently owned television station to sign-on in the United States. The station changed its call letters to KTVT in 1953 (the KTVT call letters are now used on the CBS owned-and-operated station in Dallas–Fort Worth).
Its call letters later changed to KCPX-TV in 1959 following its sale to Screen Gems Broadcasting (a division of Screen Gems, then the television division of Columbia Pictures). Some notable local programs during channel 4's early years included the children's programs Hotel Balderdash (which debuted on September 11, 1972) and Fireman Frank, and horror film showcase Nightmare Theater, the latter two programs were both hosted by Ron Ross. At this time, the station was using an "Open 4" logo that was later implemented by WAPA-TV in San Juan, Puerto Rico (that station used several variations of the logo from the 1970s until implementing a new logo in 1987).
The station swapped affiliations with KUTV in 1960 and became an ABC affiliate. KTVX by then had become the first television station in Utah to broadcast in color and was one of the first ABC affiliates to broadcast in color.
The station adopted its present-day KTVX call letters in October 1975 (which were previously used by fellow ABC affiliate KTUL-TV in Tulsa, Oklahoma from 1954 to 1957), when United Television—then the broadcasting division of 20th Century Fox—acquired the station. In 1981, United Television merged with Chris-Craft Industries.
KTVX nearly lost its ABC affiliation in late 1994 when CBS and Westinghouse Broadcasting announced a complex ownership trade with NBC. KUTV and KCNC-TV in Denver, which were owned by NBC at the time (the former station had recently been purchased by the network), were traded to Westinghouse in exchange for WCAU in Philadelphia; this came about after Westinghouse signed an affiliation deal with CBS which would cause KYW-TV and two other stations to switch to the network. NBC first approached KTVX for an affiliation deal, but the station would renew its affiliation contract with ABC; as a result, it signed an affiliation deal with KSL-TV, which took effect on September 10, 1995.
Chris-Craft's television stations were sold to Fox Television Stations (a subsidiary of News Corporation) on August 12, 2000, which was finalized July 31, 2001. KTVX and KMOL (now WOAI-TV) in San Antonio were subsequently traded to Clear Channel Communications (now iHeartMedia) in exchange for WFTC (see below).
Since Fox already owned KSTU (channel 13), it was forced to sell KTVX due to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulations prohibiting one company from owning two of the four highest-rated stations in a single market, as well as the fact that the station was in the middle of a long-term affiliation contract with ABC. Fox also wanted to offer an attractive package to Clear Channel for WFTC. KTVX was the only Chris-Craft owned station to have never been affiliated with UPN during the time that the company owned a partial stake in the network. In August 2005, President George W. Bush visited Salt Lake City to speak to the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Cindy Sheehan appeared in a paid political message protesting the Iraq War and the ad was submitted to the four major network stations in the market (KSL-TV, KSTU, KTVX and KUTV). KTVX management declined the offer saying that "the content could very well be offensive to our community in Utah, which has contributed more than its fair share of fighting soldiers and suffered significant loss of life in this Iraq war."
On November 16, 2006, Clear Channel announced plans to sell all of its television stations, including KTVX, after being bought by private equity firms. On April 20, 2007, Clear Channel sold its television station group to Providence Equity Partners's Newport Television. That company closed on the station group on March 14, 2008. In May, Newport Television agreed to sell KTVX and five other stations to High Plains Broadcasting because of ownership conflicts. Newport would have continued to operate KTVX through a joint sales agreement after the sale was finalized. However, on August 22, KTVX was removed from the sale after Univision Communications, owner of KUTH (channel 32) and of which Providence Equity Partners holds a 19% stake, canceled its plans to purchase KUTF (channel 12) in Logan thus alleviating the need to sell KTVX (although sister station KUCW was eventually sold to High Plains Broadcasting due to FCC single-market ownership limits but continued to be managed by Newport Television). KUTF has since been sold to the Daystar Television Network.
On July 19, 2012, Newport Television sold 22 of its 27 stations to the Nexstar Broadcasting Group, Sinclair Broadcast Group and Cox Media Group. KTVX and KUCW were among the twelve that would be sold to Nexstar, which acquired both stations outright. The JSA and SSA between KTVX and KUCW was terminated upon the completion of the sale, which occurred on December 3, as both stations officially became co-owned for the first time since Clear Channel sold the pair back in 2008. The purchases of KTVX and KUCW would also mark a re-entry into Utah for Nexstar, which had managed CBS affiliate KUTV and MyNetworkTV/This TV affiliate KMYU (channel 12) under a groupwide agreement with the Four Points Media Group before that company's stations were sold to Sinclair at the beginning of 2012. WOAI-TV, which has been a sister station to KTVX since United Television acquired both stations in 1975, was one of the Newport stations sold to Sinclair, which resulted in the two stations coming under entirely separate ownership and management for the first time in over 37 years; as a result, WOAI is now sister to rival KUTV.
On December 3, 2018, Nexstar announced it would acquire the assets of Chicago-based Tribune Media—which has owned Fox affiliate KSTU (channel 13) since December 2013—for $6.4 billion in cash and debt. Nexstar is precluded from acquiring KSTU directly or indirectly, as FCC regulations prohibit common ownership of more than two stations in the same media market, or two or more of the four highest-rated stations in the market. (Furthermore, any attempt by Nexstar to assume the operations of KSTU through local marketing or shared services agreements may be subject to regulatory hurdles that could delay completion of the FCC and Justice Department's review and approval process for the acquisition.) As such, Nexstar will be required to sell either KSTU or KTVX to a separate, unrelated company to address the ownership conflict. (In the case of KSTU, reports preceding the purchase announcement stated that, as it did during the group's failed purchase by Sinclair, Fox Television Stations would seek to acquire certain Fox-affiliated stations owned by Tribune from the eventual buyer of that group. Also, as KUCW does not rank among the top four in total-day viewership and therefore is not in conflict with existing FCC in-market ownership rules, that station optionally can be retained by Nexstar regardless of whether it chooses to retain ownership of KTVX or sell KTVX in order to acquire KSTU or, should it be divested, be sold to the prospective buyer of KTVX.) On March 20, 2019, it was announced that Nexstar would keep the KTVX/KUCW duopoly and sell KSTU to the Cincinnati-based E. W. Scripps Company, marking Scripps' entry into Utah, as part of the company's sale of nineteen Nexstar- and Tribune-operated stations to Scripps and Tegna Inc. in separate deals worth $1.32 billion.
KTVX became the first television station in Utah to broadcast a digital signal and the first to broadcast network programming in high-definition in 2000. The station shut down its analog signal, over VHF channel 4, on June 12, 2009, as part of the federally mandated transition from analog to digital television. The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 40, using PSIP to display KTVX's virtual channel as 4 on digital television receivers.
On September 9, 2018, KTVX moved its frequency, from digital channel 40 to digital channel 30.
KTVX presently broadcasts 32 hours of locally produced newscasts each week (with six hours on weekdays, and two hours each on Saturdays and Sundays). In addition, KTVX produces a local lifestyle and entertainment program called Good Things Utah, which airs weekday mornings at 9 a.m.; and the public affairs program, On the Record, which airs on Sunday mornings. On April 26, 2010, KTVX became the third television station in the Salt Lake City market to begin broadcasting its local newscasts in high definition; with the conversion came the introduction of a new HD-compatible news set and graphics package.
In September 2010, the station began expanding its local news programming. Its weekday morning newscast, Good Morning Utah, expanded to 2½ hours from 4:30-7 a.m. with a two-hour extension of the program being added to sister station KUCW (the 7-9 a.m. block on channel 30 was canceled in 2012). KTVX added a weekday afternoon newscast at 4 p.m. and began producing a half-hour 9 p.m. newscast for KUCW. In addition, KUCW debuted a KTVX-produced local entertainment program called The Daily Dish on September 7, 2010 (which has since been moved to KTVX and was converted into an hour-long midday newscast at 11:00 a.m.). KUCW's 9 p.m. newscast ended on December 9, 2011 due to low ratings; the move was concurrent with other changes at KTVX, including the expansion of the 4 p.m. newscast to an hour on January 9, 2012.
In 2021, the station was tricked into promoting a fake sexual wellness product, "invented" by a team working for late-night political commentary show Last Week Tonight, called the "Venus Veil", which was actually just a blanket; the show's team paid KTVX $2,800 to feature the fake product and an interview with its "creator" as a way to illustrate how stations such as KTVX promote sponsored content without being upfront about the sponsorship, essentially passing off advertising as news.
The station's digital signal is multiplexed:
|4.1||720p||16:9||KTVX-HD||Main KTVX programming / ABC|
|4.4||HnI||Heroes & Icons|
In early 2008, KTVX carried "TheHive TV" on its second digital subchannel, which featured locally produced programs by Salt Lake City area residents and sports. The schedule resembled a public access cable channel, however because the subchannel had to conform to FCC content guidelines, externally produced programs were approved by the station before they were broadcast. This service shut down in December 2008 and was replaced in January 2009 by Untamed Sports TV, which KTVX-DT2 served as its flagship station.
In April 2011, KTVX began carrying TheCoolTV music video network on its 4.2 subchannel. KTVX replaced TheCoolTV with MeTV on July 30, 2012.
On September 1, 2016, KTVX replaced WeatherNation on digital 4.3 with Laff.
On November 1, 2018, KTVX replaced a standard definition simulcast of KUCW on digital 4.3 with Heroes & Icons on digital 4.4.
On September 1, 2021, KTVX replaced Laff on digital 4.3 with Rewind TV.
KTVX extends its coverage throughout the entire state of Utah plus parts of Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada and Wyoming using a network of more than 100 community-owned translators listed below. As a result of the June 2009 transition to digital broadcasting, a few of these translators have converted to also digital-only broadcasts. However, only full-powered television stations were required to make the switch.
|City of license||Callsign||Channel||ERP||HAAT||Facility ID||Transmitter coordinates||Owner|
|Antimony, etc.||K36IG-D||36||0.006 kW||−10 m (−33 ft)||168099||Piute County|
|Aurora, etc.||K12XD-D||12||0.13 kW||580 m (1,903 ft)||68882||Nexstar Media Group|
|Apple Valley||K34CX-D||34||0.667 kW||83 m (272 ft)||70970|
|K33OY-D||33||0.105 kW||1,073 m (3,520 ft)||58877||San Juan County|
|Bluff, etc.||K23KC-D||23||0.0025 kW||16 m (52 ft)||182809|
|Boulder||K32HQ-D||32||0.003 kW||−29 m (−95 ft)||167834||Garfield County|
|Caineville||K32MP-D||0.054 kW||−30 m (−98 ft)||167076||Wayne County|
|Capitol Reef National Park||K32MO-D||0.06 kW||−86 m (−282 ft)||167072|
|Cedar Canyon||K06JA-D||6||0.015 kW||475 m (1,558 ft)||9712||Cedar Canyon TV|
|Circleville||K21IB-D||21||0.065 kW||−237 m (−778 ft)||167870||Piute County|
|Clear Creek||K35OD-D||35||0.07 kW||−75 m (−246 ft)||182372||Carbon County|
|Coalville||K34OK-D||34||0.107 kW||−215 m (−705 ft)||167172||Summit County|
|Delta, etc.||K35NU-D||35||0.15 kW||−9 m (−30 ft)||167905||Millard County|
|Duchesne||K31JC-D||31||0.012 kW||−49 m (−161 ft)||167339||Duchesne County|
|East Price||K08QF-D||8||0.07 kW||−84 m (−276 ft)||167768||Carbon County|
|Enterprise||K05BU-D||5||0.014 kW||41 m (135 ft)||70974||Nexstar Media Group|
|Emery||K35OA-D||35||0.012 kW||97 m (318 ft)||167221||Emery County|
|Escalante||K30OR-D||30||0.09 kW||−146 m (−479 ft)||167813||Garfield County|
|Ferron||K35OC-D||35||0.02 kW||−231 m (−758 ft)||182364||Emery County|
|Fillmore, etc.||K28PC-D||28||0.15 kW||115 m (377 ft)||167912||Millard County|
|Fishlake Resort||K28OQ-D||0.01 kW||148 m (486 ft)||182339||Sevier County|
|Fountain Green||K32JB-D||32||−163 m (−535 ft)||182191|
|Fremont||K32MQ-D||0.031 kW||−45 m (−148 ft)||167084||Wayne County|
|Fruitland||K15LO-D||15||0.11 kW||−55 m (−180 ft)||17660||Duchesne County|
|Garrison, etc.||K31OM-D||31||0.06 kW||−61 m (−200 ft)||167940||Millard County|
|Green River||K16HD-D||16||0.02 kW||−18 m (−59 ft)||167574||Green River City Television|
|K35OB-D||35||484 m (1,588 ft)||167577|
|Hanksville||K29LX-D||29||0.01 kW||−58 m (−190 ft)||167079||Wayne County|
|Hanna, etc.||K32HP-D||32||0.012 kW||−322 m (−1,056 ft)||167394||Duchesne County|
|Hatch||K17HQ-D||17||0.028 kW||−125 m (−410 ft)||167991||Garfield County|
|K31FP-D||31||0.356 kW||331 m (1,086 ft)||70925||Wasatch County Commissioners|
|Helper||K26LR-D||26||0.006 kW||−165 m (−541 ft)||167774||Carbon County|
|Henefer, etc.||K28OU-D||28||0.11 kW||−95 m (−312 ft)||167188||Summit County|
|Henrieville||K15LC-D||15||0.01 kW||−138 m (−453 ft)||168126||Garfield County|
|Huntington||K35OE-D||35||0.02 kW||−135 m (−443 ft)||182427||Emery County|
|Huntsville, etc.||K17IP-D||17||0.012 kW||−100 m (−328 ft)||167807||Ogden Valley TV|
|Kanab||K32DC-D||32||0.063 kW||102 m (335 ft)||71851||Western Kane County Special Service District #1|
|Koosharem||K15KZ-D||15||0.055 kW||179 m (587 ft)||167341||Sevier County|
|Laketown, etc.||K10LM-D||10||0.3394 kW||339 m (1,112 ft)||56124||Rich County|
|Leamington||K20NM-D||20||0.95 kW||−90 m (−295 ft)||167939||Millard County|
|Logan||K30OY-D||30||2.82 kW||524 m (1,719 ft)||8134||Cache County|
|Manti, etc.||K34OE-D||34||0.16 kW||649 m (2,129 ft)||168166||Sanpete County|
|Manila||K31JP-D||31||0.0056 kW||105 m (344 ft)||167952||Daggett County|
|Marysvale||K24MQ-D||24||0.115 kW||187 m (614 ft)||167867||Piute County|
|Mayfield||K17JE-D||17||0.01 kW||−197 m (−646 ft)||182220||Sanpete County|
|Mexican Hat||K23MT-D||23||0.171 kW||−149 m (−489 ft)||191142||San Juan County|
|K19HU-D||19||0.011 kW||−16 m (−52 ft)||167968|
|Morgan, etc.||K31IU-D||31||332 m (1,089 ft)||168691||Morgan County|
|Mount Pleasant||K19GN-D||19||0.01 kW||−114 m (−374 ft)||168159||Sanpete County|
|Myton||K19EY-D||0.049 kW||692 m (2,270 ft)||17646||Duchesne County|
|Navajo Mountain||K20JE-D||20||0.0056 kW||104 m (341 ft)||167988||San Juan County|
|Nephi||K21JZ-D||21||0.063 kW||179 m (587 ft)||182136||Juab|
|Oljeto||K20JF-D||20||0.011 kW||29 m (95 ft)||167981||San Juan County|
|Orangeville||K16MZ-D||16||0.34 kW||510 m (1,673 ft)||167213||Emery County|
|Orderville, etc.||K30OY-D||30||2.82 kW||524 m (1,719 ft)||8134||Cache County|
|Panguitch||K15LA-D||15||0.035 kW||−132 m (−433 ft)||167496||Garfield County|
|Park City||K31FQ-D||31||0.077 kW||26 m (85 ft)||63716||Summit County|
|K34AG-D||34||0.25 kW||233 m (764 ft)||29172||Iron County|
|K14PF-D||14||0.114 kW||93 m (305 ft)||167161||Summit County|
|Pine Valley, etc.||K11OO-D||11||0.073 kW||386 m (1,266 ft)||70957||Nexstar Media Group|
|Price, etc.||K24HP-D||24||0.006 kW||612 m (2,008 ft)||167548|
|K34FR-D||34||0.284 kW||360 m (1,181 ft)||56113||Rich County|
|Richfield, etc.||K15KY-D||15||0.165 kW||470 m (1,542 ft)||167326||Sevier County|
|Roosevelt, etc.||K08QH-D||8||0.047 kW||147 m (482 ft)||167878||Uintah County|
|Rural Beaver County||K18FU-D||18||0.135 kW||1,219 m (3,999 ft)||68887||Nexstar Media Group|
|Rural Garfield County||K16LZ-D||16||0.155 kW||736 m (2,415 ft)||36348||Garfield County|
|K32ML-D||32||0.088 kW||1,003 m (3,291 ft)||23191|
|Rural Sevier County||K15KT-D||15||0.01 kW||207 m (679 ft)||59776||Sevier County|
|Samak||K32MZ-D||32||0.063 kW||−27 m (−89 ft)||167197||Summit County|
|K18MV-D||18||0.05 kW||171 m (561 ft)||167924||Millard County|
|Scofield||K33JI-D||33||0.006 kW||−86 m (−282 ft)||167783||Carbon County|
|Spring Glen||K34PD-D||34||528 m (1,732 ft)||167787|
|K08QC-D||8||0.115 kW||826 m (2,710 ft)||167333||Sevier County|
|St. George||K23NY-D||23||0.2 kW||79 m (259 ft)||167465||Nexstar Media Group|
|Summit County||K24MU-D||24||0.309 kW||830 m (2,723 ft)||63764||Summit County|
|K15KU-D||15||0.072 kW||125 m (410 ft)||167062||Wayne County|
|Toquerville||K31IS-D||31||0.22 kW||136 m (446 ft)||70987||Nexstar Media Group|
|Tropic, etc.||K32MT-D||32||0.09 kW||236 m (774 ft)||168122||Garfield County|
|Vernal, etc.||K30KM-D||30||0.17 kW||639 m (2,096 ft)||182849||Uintah County|
|Virgin||K13QK-D||13||0.01 kW||−1,313 m (−4,308 ft)||70949||Nexstar Media Group|
|Wanship||K36OV-D||36||0.114 kW||−267 m (−876 ft)||167180||Summit County|
|Washington||K28EA-D||28||0.25 kW||1,065 m (3,494 ft)||70995||Nexstar Media Group|
|K08QD-D||8||0.041 kW||46 m (151 ft)||167166||Summit County|
|Colorado City, AZ||K09SU-D||9||0.04 kW||101 m (331 ft)||70973||Nexstar Media Group|
|Cortez, etc., CO||K33QG-D||33||0.1 kW||428 m (1,404 ft)||61471||Southwest Colorado TV Translator Association|
|Malad, ID||K14RY-D||14||1.6 kW||−69 m (−226 ft)||50361||Oneida County Translator District|
|Mink Creek, ID||K11WF-D||11||0.1 kW||−22 m (−72 ft)||42893||Franklin County TV District|
|Montpelier, ID||K33DR-D||33||0.09 kW||157 m (515 ft)||4391||Bear Lake County T.V. District|
|Preston, ID||K31FR-D||31||1 kW||230 m (755 ft)||22333||Franklin County TV District|
|K42GN-D||42||325 m (1,066 ft)||125004|
|Elko, NV||K26OE-D||26||0.5 kW||572 m (1,877 ft)||19405||Elko Television District|
|K32GK-D||32||1 kW||308 m (1,010 ft)||129068|
|Ely, NV||K34CM-D||34||0.796 kW||1,007 m (3,304 ft)||72243||White Pine Television District #1|
|K07DU-D||7||0.015 kW||262 m (860 ft)||72233|
|Eureka, NV||K17NV-D||17||0.3 kW||765 m (2,510 ft)||185329||Eureka County TV District|
|K23LF-D||23||0.1 kW||−85 m (−279 ft)||185345|
|K08CB-D||8||0.234 kW||308 m (1,010 ft)||72235||White Pine Television District #1|
|Overton, NV||K24NE-D||24||1.8 kW||134 m (440 ft)||43317||Moapa Valley TV Maintenance District|
|Ruth, NV||K07DV-D||7||0.008 kW||−33 m (−108 ft)||72228||White Pine Television District #1|
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