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KDTV-DT, virtual channel 14 (UHF digital channel 20), is a Univision owned-and-operated television station licensed to San Francisco, California, United States and serving the San Francisco Bay Area. The station is owned by the Univision Local Media subsidiary of Univision Communications, as part of a duopoly with Vallejo-licensed UniMás owned-and-operated station KFSF-DT (channel 66). The two stations share studios on Zanker Road near the North San Jose Innovation District in San Jose; KDTV's transmitter is located on Mount Allison in Fremont.

KDTV-CD (virtual channel 28, UHF digital channel 21) in Santa Rosa operates as a Class A translator of KDTV relaying the station's signal into the northern half of the market; this station's transmitter is located atop Mount Saint Helena.

History[]

The station first signed on the air on August 13, 1975 as an affiliate of the Spanish International Network (the predecessor of Univision), broadcasting on UHF channel 60; it was the Bay Area's first exclusively Spanish-language television station. It was originally owned by a local group headed by Spanish International Network executive Reynold Anselmo.

In 1979, KDTV reached a deal with San Mateo-based PBS member station KCSM-TV (now KPJK, an independent non-commercial educational station) to transfer its full-power color facilities to that station; on March 5 of that year, KCSM and KDTV swapped transmitting facilities and channel assignments: KCSM moved to channel 60 and began transmitting from atop San Bruno Mountain's Radio Peak, while KDTV moved to UHF channel 14 and began transmitting from Mission Peak.

KDTV was acquired by Univision outright in 1992, turning KDTV into the market's third owned-and-operated station (behind KGO-TV, channel 7, which has been owned by ABC since it signed on in 1949, and KSTS, channel 48, which has been owned by Telemundo since 1987).

In 2016, the station moved into a new, state-of-the-art studio facility in San Jose to reduce the cost of doing business (which had become prohibitive in the city of San Francisco) and increase its focus on the expanding Hispanic population to the south in Santa Clara County. The station retains a smaller bureau in San Francisco covering news in the city, along with the northern and eastern portions of the region.

Channel...60?[]

The Bahía de San Francisco Television Company, owned by principals of the Spanish International Network including Rene Anselmo and Danny Villanueva, applied on July 20, 1973, for a construction permit to build a new television station on San Francisco's channel 60. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) granted the application on November 13, 1974. Channel 60 had originally been assigned for noncommercial use in San Francisco, and KQED held a permit for it, but when that station accepted a gift from Metromedia of the facility for channel 32, the noncommercial reservation was switched to channel 32, changing channel 60 to commercial.

From studios on Palou Avenue in San Francisco and the former transmitting facilities of KBHK on San Bruno Mountain, channel 60 made its debut on August 10, 1975. KDTV was the Bay Area's first full-time Spanish station; two other channels broadcast Spanish-language programs, KEMO channel 20 and KGSC channel 36.

KDTV did not remain on channel 60 for long. Desirous of a lower channel number, in early 1977, the station approached the College of San Mateo, which owned KCSM-TV, a small educational station in San Mateo. The trade, which the college approved that March, gave KDTV a lower channel number and KCSM-TV, then with anemic technical facilities, full-power coverage of the Bay Area and $400,000 in equipment. The swap took place on the morning of March 5, 1979.

The station grew in the 1980s with Emilio Nicolas Jr., son of Emilio Nicolas Sr., as general manager. Its relief efforts in the aftermath of the 1985 Mexico City earthquake won the station a Peabody Award and an Emmy nomination for community service, the first one for a Spanish-language TV station in the United States.

In 1997, prompted by the growing Hispanic population in the Bay Area and the need to expand, KDTV moved its studios and offices to the 41st floor of 50 Fremont Center in downtown San Francisco, a relocation that one Univision executive noted changed San Francisco from the worst facility in the network to its best. The station's current transmitter sites also took shape, with the opening of the then-KDTV-LP in Santa Rosa and the move of the main transmitter to Mount Allison that year. In 2001, Univision further expanded its Santa Rosa presence and opened an office there.

In 2016, the station moved into a new, state-of-the-art studio facility in San Jose to reduce the cost of doing business (which had become prohibitive in the city of San Francisco) and increase its focus on the expanding Hispanic population to the south in Santa Clara County. KDTV had previously maintained a bureau on Old Oakland Road. The station retains a smaller bureau in San Francisco covering news in the city, along with the northern and eastern portions of the region.

News operation[]

KDTV presently broadcasts seven hours of locally produced newscasts each week (with one hour each on weekdays, Saturdays and Sundays). Enrique Gratas, former anchor of Univision's late night newscast Noticiero Univision Última Hora, was the original anchor of KDTV's newscasts when the station launched. In November 2007, KDTV had the highest-rated newscast in the Bay Area among adults 25 to 54 in the 6 p.m. timeslot. This was the first occurrence in the market in which a Spanish-language news program earned higher ratings than those of its English-language counterparts.

In November 2011, KDTV introduced a new set, as well as standardized graphics package used by its Univision-owned news-producing sister stations. With the change, KDTV began broadcasting its local newscasts in 16:9 widescreen standard definition. On August 8, 2014 the station struck a news partnership with KGO-TV to share news content and cross-promote its newscasts. KDTV is the second Univision station to have a partnership with an ABC station, following a similar arrangement between Philadelphia sister station WUVP-TV and WPVI-TV.

Technical information[]

Subchannels[]

The stations' digital signals are multiplexed, with KDTV-CD additionally carrying two subchannels of KFSF-DT:

Subchannels of KDTV-DT
Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming
14.1 720p 16:9 KDTV-DT Main KDTV-DT programming / Univision
14.2 KFSF-DT [Blank]
14.3 480i 4:3 getTV Simulcast of KDTV-DT3 / getTV
14.4 16:9 Mystery Simulcast of KDTV-DT4 / Court TV Mystery
26.1 720p KTSF-DT Simulcast of KTSF
26.3 480i 4:3 SBTV Simulcast of KTSF-DT3 / KTSF Chinese News
26.5 Vietday Simulcast of KTSF-DT5 / Viet Today TV
26.6 VSTS Simulcast of KTSF-DT5 / Viet Shopping TV
51.2 TFutura [Blank]
Subchannels of KDTV-CD
Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming
28.1 1080i 16:9 KDTV-CD Main KDTV-CD programming / Univision
28.2 720p KFSF-D2 Simulcast of KFSF-DT / UniMás
28.3 480i 4:3 getTV Simulcast of KDTV-DT3 / getTV
28.4 16:9 Mystery Simulcast of KDTV-DT4 / Court TV Mystery
28.5 TRCrime Simulcast of KFSF-DT5 / True Crime Network

Former Subchannels[]

Former Subchannels of KDTV-DT
Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming
14.1 720p 16:9 KDTV-DT Main KDTV-DT programming / Univision
14.2 KFSF-DT [Blank]
14.3 480i 4:3 getTV Simulcast of KDTV-DT3 / getTV
14.4 16:9 Mystery Simulcast of KDTV-DT4 / Court TV Mystery
26.1 720p KTSF-DT Simulcast of KTSF
26.3 480i 4:3 MBC Simulcast of KTSF-DT3 / KBS World
26.5 Vietday Simulcast of KTSF-DT5 / Viet Today TV
26.6 VSTS Simulcast of KTSF-DT5 / Viet Shopping TV
51.2 TFutura [Blank]
Former Subchannels of KDTV-CD
Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming
28.1 1080i 16:9 KDTV-CD Main KDTV-CD programming / Univision
28.2 720p KFSF-D2 Simulcast of KFSF-DT / UniMás
28.3 480i 4:3 getTV Simulcast of KDTV-DT3 / getTV
28.4 16:9 Mystery Simulcast of KDTV-DT4 / Court TV Mystery
28.5 Justice Simulcast of KFSF-DT5 / Justice Network

Analog-to-digital conversion[]

KDTV shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 14, 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 51, using PSIP to display KDTV's virtual channel as 14 on digital television receivers.

After the incentive auction, KTSF-TV began sharing the KDTV multiplex, having sold its spectrum.

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