KBTC-TV, virtual channel 28 (UHF digital channel 27), is a secondary Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) member television station serving Seattle, Washington, that is licensed to Tacoma. The station is owned by Bates Technical College. KBTC-TV's transmitter is located on 35th Street in northwest Tacoma. The station's studios are located on the college's central campus on South 19th Street in Tacoma; the property was purchased from KSTW (channel 11) when the then-UPN owned-and-operated station (now a CW O&O) moved to Renton in 2001.
KBTC-TV also operates full-time satellite KCKA (virtual channel 15, UHF digital channel 19) in Centralia, whose transmitter is located atop Crego Hill. KBTC's programming is also repeated on: low-powered translators K41KT-D, channel 16, in Grays River (serving the inland areas of Wahkiakum and Pacific counties, and northern Clatsop County, Oregon); and K24IC-D, channel 24, in Bellingham (serving the Puget Sound and San Juan Islands regions, and Vancouver and Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, from Mount Constitution). Both repeaters remap to PSIP channel 28.
In addition to reaching a local over-the-air audience, KBTC is available on Comcast Cable in Seattle, Bellevue, Everett, and in many areas of Southwestern Washington.
The station signed on the air September 25, 1961, as KTPS-TV, owned by the Tacoma Public Schools (licensed under the district's official name, "Tacoma School District No. 10"). KTPS initially operated on channel 62, moved to channel 28 in 1982, and shortly after the channel change, KCKA came into operation. Bates took over both KTPS-TV and KCKA in 1992 and changed the station's call sign to KBTC on October 12 of that year.
KBTC's programming became digital-only on June 12, 2009. However, KBTC-TV continued its analog signal as part of the FCC's "Nightlight" program, running a DTV transition guide.
On November 1, 2009, KBTC began broadcasting in 1080i HD on 28.1, with MHz Worldview appearing on subchannel 28.2. A documentary channel was broadcast on 28.3 and Create on 28.4, but was soon removed due to the increased bandwidth required for the HD broadcast on 28.1.
On May 15, 2010, K24IC-D began broadcasting in 1080i HD from Mount Constitution. On December 6, 2010, KBTC added TVW on subchannel 28.3.
On June 19, 2012, KBTC added a low power, 1 kW transmitter on channel 16 to serve Seattle.
On January 28, 2016, KBTC added NHK World on subchannel 28.2. MHz Worldview was shifted to 28.3, and TVW moved to 28.4.
On November 7, 2017, K24IC-D suffered a prolonged transmitter outage due to a hardware failure. The transmitter resumed operation on November 11.
|TV stations in Washington|
| KCTS/KYVE, Seattle/Yakima|
|TV stations in the Puget Sound Region, including Seattle, Tacoma and Everett|
| KOMO 4 (ABC) |
KING 5 (NBC)
KIRO 7 (CBS)
K08OU-D 8 (3ABN)
KCTS 9 (PBS)
KSTW 11 (CW)
KVOS 12 (H&I)
KCPQ 13 (Fox)
KCKA 15 (PBS)
KONG 16 (Ind)
KTBW 20 (TBN)
KZJO 22 (MNTV)
KBCB 24 (SBN)
KRUM-LD 24 (Ind)
KBTC 28 (PBS)
KWPX 33 (Ion)
KFFV 44 (Ind)
KUSE-LD 46 (AAT TV)
KUNS 51 (UNI)
KWDK 56 (Daystar)