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KTNV-TV, virtual and VHF digital channel 13, is an ABC-affiliated television station licensed to Las Vegas, Nevada, United States. The station is owned by the E. W. Scripps Company, as part of a duopoly with Laughlin-licensed Ion owned-and-operated station KMCC (channel 34). KTNV-TV's studios are located on South Valley View Boulevard in the nearby unincorporated community of Paradise (though with a Las Vegas mailing address), and its transmitter is located atop Mount Arden in Henderson.

On cable, KTNV-TV is available on Cox Communications channel 13 in both standard and high definition.


The station, originally owned by the TV Company of America, Inc., signed on the air for the first time on May 4, 1956 as KSHO-TV. Before then, ABC had been relegated to off-hours clearances on NBC affiliate KLRJ/KORK-TV (channel 2, now KSNV-DT on channel 3) and CBS affiliate KLAS-TV (channel 8).

In 1979, KSHO was purchased by WTMJ, Inc., the broadcasting division of The (Milwaukee) Journal Company; the acquisition made it Journal's second television station property (and its first television station acquisition outside of the company's headquarters of Milwaukee). The station changed its callsign to KTNV-TV on March 2, 1980 (the -TV suffix was removed from 1988 to 2009).

KTNV originally transmitted its signal from a tower located right outside the station at the intersection of Desert Inn Road and Valley View Boulevard, on the quadruple border of the city of Las Vegas, Spring Valley, Paradise and Winchester, before relocating later to Potosi Mountain and then to its current site on Arden Peak. The tower is a unique and visible landmark throughout the Las Vegas Valley.

On July 30, 2014, it was announced that the E. W. Scripps Company would buy Journal Communications in an all-stock transaction. Scripps will retain the two companies' broadcast properties, including KTNV, and spin-off its print properties as part of Journal Media Group. The FCC approved the deal on December 12, 2014. It was approved by shareholders on March 11, 2015. The merger was completed on April 1, 2015. With new sister station KNXV-TV in Phoenix, along with existing Tucson sister KGUN-TV, this effectively gives Scripps a monopoly for ABC network programming across the wide geographical area of Southern Nevada and most of the state of Arizona.

Duopoly with KMCC[]

On September 24, 2020, a consortium made up of Scripps and Berkshire Hathaway announced the purchase of Ion Media. As there are no regulatory complications within the Las Vegas market, KMCC (channel 34) became a sister station to KTNV-TV.

News operation[]

KTNV-TV presently broadcasts a total of 43 hours of locally produced newscasts each week (with 6½ hours each weekday, five hours on Saturdays and 5½ hours on Sundays); in regards to the number of hours devoted to news programming, it is the second-largest local newscast output among Las Vegas' broadcast television stations, behind Fox affiliate KVVU-TV (channel 5)'s 53 hours of newscasts each week. In years past, the station's newscasts have been called News 13, Channel 13 News, News 13 Inside Las Vegas and 13 Inside Las Vegas; the station switched to the current Action News branding for its newscasts in 2003.

On December 15, 2007, KTNV became the third television station in Las Vegas (behind KVBC, channel 3 and KLAS-TV, channel 8) to begin broadcasting its local newscasts in high definition. The station also unveiled its new digital production facilities and news set on the same day.

On July 20, 2016, KTNV switched to the current Scripps graphics and news theme "Inergy."

Newscast titles[]

  • KSHO-TV News
  • The 5 O'Clock Report/The 10 O'Clock Report (1960s)
  • News 13 (1970s & ?–1987)
  • 13 News Scene (1970s)
  • Action News 13 (1970s)
  • Channel 13 News (1987–1992)
  • News 13: Inside Las Vegas (1992–2003)
  • 13 Inside Las Vegas (2003)
  • (Channel) 13 Action News (2003–present)

Station slogans[]

  • 13 Belongs
  • Together in the Territory
  • You'll Love It on Channel 13/13 Territory (1985–1986; localized version of ABC ad campaign)
  • People You Can Count On
  • Count On 13
  • Las Vegas is Watching KTNV
  • If It's Las Vegas, It Must Be Channel 13 (1992-1993; localized version of ABC ad campaign)
  • Breaking News. Solving Problems. (2003–2008)
  • You Ask, We Investigate (2008–?)
  • Together, Making Las Vegas a Better Place to Live (2011–?; secondary slogan)

News Team[]




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