Bishop/Mammoth Lakes/
Los Angeles, California
United States
CityBishop, California
ChannelsDigital: 20 (UHF)
Virtual: 20
Affiliations20.1: Jewelry Television
20.2: Heroes & Icons
OwnerWeigel Broadcasting[1]
(TV-49, Inc.)
First air date
August 21, 2007 (14 years ago) (2007-08-21)
Former call signs
KBBC-TV (2007–2012)
Former channel number(s)
20 (UHF, 2007–2008)
Call sign meaning
Venture Memorable Entertainment
(slogan of MeTV, station's previous affiliation)
Technical information
Licensing authority
Facility ID83825
ERP1.9 kW
HAAT924 m (3,031 ft)
Transmitter coordinates37°24′42.7″N 118°11′9.3″W / 37.411861°N 118.185917°W / 37.411861; -118.185917
Public license information

KVME-TV, virtual and UHF digital channel 20, is a Jewelry Television-affiliated television station licensed to Bishop, California, United States and serving the Los Angeles television market. Owned by Chicago-based Weigel Broadcasting, it is part of a duopoly with Avalon-licensed MeTV owned-and-operated station KAZA-TV (channel 54). KVME-TV's transmitter is located in the White Mountains, about 20 miles (32 km) east of Bishop.


The station signed on the air on August 21, 2007, as KBBC-TV on analog channel 20, operating as a bilingual independent. KBBC's programming was mostly Spanish, featuring such shows as La Corte del Pueblo (a Spanish-language version of The People's Court), La Corte de Familia, the daily soccer program Fútbol al Día from Monterrey-based Multimedios Televisión, and a newscast with extensive coverage from Central America. The nighttime programming had premiered on KNLA-LP, which was a translator station.

The station later added afternoon and overnight programming from the Home Shopping Network. KBBC also offered English-language religious programming from Hosanna, a Christian program service. On Saturday mornings, English-language children's programs aired along with a public affairs program, Eastern Sierra News.

In March 2012, Venture Technologies Group filed and received approval to sell KNLA-CD and sister station KNET-CD to Local Media TV Holdings.[2] On March 9, KBBC-TV's callsign was changed to KVME-TV.

Affiliation changes


KVME-TV became affiliated with MeTV on April 30, 2012, sharing the affiliation with the third digital subchannel of Anaheim-based KDOC-TV (channel 56). KVME-TV carried MeTV on their primary digital channel 20 (virtual channel 20.1), which is also available on the DirecTV and Dish Network local packages tier for the Los Angeles market. KVME-TV and KDOC-TV marketed the subchannel as "MeTV Hollywood," changing from KDOC's previous brand of "MeTV Los Angeles." Local advertising for MeTV Hollywood was sold by a jointly managed ad sales team for both stations.[3] However, KVME-TV's MeTV feed did not carry the full schedule of programming, electing to carry Spanish-language religious and paid programming during the early morning weekday hours of 5:00 to 8 a.m., preempting regularly-scheduled programming within those hours. The MeTV affiliation ended on January 15, 2018.

Heroes & Icons

On January 15, 2018, KVME-TV became an affiliate of MeTV's sister network, Heroes & Icons.[4] Like the previous affiliation with MeTV, KVME-TV's Heroes & Icons feed did not carry the full schedule of programming, electing to carry Spanish-language religious and paid programming during the early morning weekday hours of 7:00 to 10 a.m., preempting regularly-scheduled programming within those hours.

Jewelry TV

In 2020, KVME-TV changed its affiliation from Heroes & Icons to Jewelry Television; the H&I affiliation was moved to the station's second digital subchannel.


The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[5]
20.1 480i 4:3 KBBC Main KVME-TV programming / Jewelry Television
20.2 Heroes & Icons

Because it was granted an original construction permit after the FCC finalized the DTV allotment plan on April 21, 1997,[6] the station did not receive a companion channel for a digital television station. Instead, on or before June 12, 2009, which was the end of the digital TV conversion period for full-service stations, KVME-TV was required to turn off its analog signal and turn on its digital signal (called a "flash-cut"). On November 30, 2008, KVME completed the transition to digital by turning off its analog signal and immediately turning on its digital signal on channel 20.


  1. ^ "Assignments". Licensing and Management System. Federal Communications Commission. September 30, 2021. Retrieved October 1, 2021.
  2. ^ Seyler, Dave (March 19, 2012). "Local Media TV stockpiles more big market Class A's". Television Business Report. Retrieved March 19, 2012.
  3. ^ "KVME to join with KDOC in creating Me-TV Hollywood brand". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved April 24, 2012.
  4. ^ https://www.mediamoves.com/2018/01/azteca-america-latv-switch-channels-la.html
  5. ^ "Digital TV Market Listing for KVME-TV". www.rabbitears.info.
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