KYMA-DT, virtual and VHF digital channel 11, was an NBC-affiliated television station located in Yuma, Arizona, United States, that also serves El Centro, California. Owned by Northwest Broadcasting as part of a duopoly with Yuma-licensed CBS affiliate KSWT (channel 13), the station is operated by News-Press & Gazette Company through a shared services agreement (SSA). This makes it sister to El Centro-licensed Fox and ABC affiliate KECY-TV (channel 9); and Yuma-licensed low-power Telemundo affiliate KESE-LP (analog channel 35) (both of which are owned directly by NPG) and all four stations share studios on South 4th Avenue in downtown Yuma. KYMA maintains transmitter facilities located northwest of Yuma.
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The station began broadcasting in January 1988 as an ABC affiliate, replacing a translator of KGTV in San Diego. KYMA was granted its initial license on April 29, 1988. It originally operated from studio facilities located on South Pacific Avenue in Yuma. Yuma Broadcasting sold the station to Sunbelt Communications Company in June 1989. On February 1, 1991, it became an NBC affiliate in a swap with then-KYEL, which would become KSWT that September.
In May 2013, Intermountain West Communications Company (formerly Sunbelt Communications) reached a deal to sell the station to Blackhawk Broadcasting, a company that shares ownership with the Northwest Broadcasting group. In July, Blackhawk announced that they also in the process of acquiring competing station, KSWT from Pappas Telecasting, which would require a failing station waiver. The FCC approved the KYMA transaction on August 12, while the KSWT transaction was approved on December 23. The sale of both stations was completed on February 18, 2014.
On July 2, 2014, News-Press & Gazette Company, owners of KECY-TV and KESE-LP, announced that it had agreed to form a resource sharing agreement with Blackhawk Broadcasting, giving NPG control of the big four television network affiliates in the Yuma/El Centro market. All employees of KYMA and KSWT, except for sales personnel, became employees of NPG. Blackhawk continues to operate the sales departments of its stations. As a result of the agreement, KYMA and KSWT relocated to KECY's building on 4th Avenue.
|TV Stations in Yuma County, Arizona and Imperial County, California, including Yuma and El Centro|
|Yuma, Arizona/El Centro, California:||Mexicali, BC/San Luis, Son.:|
|KVYE 7 (UNI)||XHAQ-TDT 1 (A1)|
|KECY 9 (Fox/MNTV)||XHBM-TDT 2 (Las Estrellas)|
|KYMA 11 (NBC)||XHLRT-TDT 2 (Las Estrellas)|
|KSWT 13 (CBS)||XHCTME-TDT 3 (Imagen)|
|KESE-LP 35 (TLM)||XHBC-TDT 4 (Televisa Regional)|
|K39KW-D 39 (3ABN)||XHMEX-TDT 5 (Canal 5)|
|KAJB 54 (UMas)||XHMEE-TDT 10 (Nu9ve)|
|XHRCS-TDT 15 (Telemax)|
|XHEXT-TDT 20 (A7)|
|XHILA-TDT 66 (Intermedia)|
|KVFA-LP 6 (Ind)|
|KIVA 11 (ABC/CBS/NBC/DuMont)|