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Salt Lake City, Utah
United States
ChannelsDigital: 30 (UHF)
Virtual: 4 (PSIP)
BrandingABC 4 Utah (general)
ABC 4 News (newscasts)
MeTV Utah (DT2)
SloganGood 4 Utah (general)
Utah's First TV Station
OwnerNexstar Media Group
(Nexstar Inc.)
First air date
April 19, 1948 (72 years ago) (1948-04-19)
Former call signs
  • KDYL-TV (1948-1953)
  • KTVT (1953-1959)
  • KCPX-TV (1959-1975)
Former channel number(s)
  • Analog:
  • 4 (VHF, 1948-2009)
  • Digital:
  • 40 (UHF, 2001-2018)
Call sign meaning
TeleVision EXcellence
Technical information
Licensing authority
Facility ID68889
ERP390 kW
HAAT1,256 m (4,121 ft)
Transmitter coordinates
Translator(s)See below
Public license information

KTVX, virtual channel 4 (UHF digital channel 30), is an ABC-affiliated television station licensed to Salt Lake City, Utah, United States. The station is owned by Nexstar Media Group, as part of a duopoly with Ogden-licensed CW affiliate KUCW (channel 30). The two stations share studios on West 1700 South in Salt Lake City (along I-215); KTVX's transmitter is located atop Farnsworth Peak in the Oquirrh Mountains, southwest of the city. On cable, the station is available on Comcast Xfinity channel 4.

KTVX has a large network of broadcast translators that extend its over-the-air coverage throughout Utah, as well as portions of Idaho, Nevada and Wyoming.


KTVX traces its history back to the November 1946 sign-on of W6XIS, the first television station in Utah, which operated under an experimental broadcast license. The station began regular broadcasts on April 19, 1948[1] as KDYL-TV; it was originally owned by the Mountain Broadcasting Corporation (operated by Sid Fox), along with KDYL radio (1320 AM, now KNIT, and 98.7 FM, now KBEE). The floor in the original studio facility was sloped and cameras would easily roll. The station's original transmitter sat atop the Walker Bank Building. Channel 4 originally operated as an NBC affiliate owing to KDYL-AM's longtime affiliation with the NBC Red Network; the radio station had been one of the network's original 26 affiliates when it launched in 1926. In addition, the station also shared ABC programming with CBS affiliate KSL-TV (channel 5, now an NBC affiliate) until KUTV (channel 2) signed on in September 1954 as a full-time ABC affiliate. KTVX is the oldest television station located in the Mountain Time Zone and the third oldest station located west of the Mississippi River. It was also the first independently owned television station to sign-on in the United States.[1] The station changed its call letters to KTVT in 1953 (the KTVT call letters are now used on the CBS owned-and-operated station in Dallas-Fort Worth), For a brief period during the mid-1950s, it was owned by Time-Life Inc.

Its call letters later changed to KCPX-TV in 1959, following its sale to Screen Gems Broadcasting (a division of Screen Gems, then the television division of Columbia Pictures). Some notable local programs during channel 4's early years included the children's programs Hotel Balderdash (which debuted on September 11, 1972) and Fireman Frank, and horror film showcase Nightmare Theater, the latter two programs were both hosted by Ron Ross. At this time, the station was using an "Open 4" logo that was later implemented by WAPA-TV in San Juan, Puerto Rico (that station used several variations of the logo from the 1970s until implementing a new logo in 1987).[2][3]

The station swapped affiliations with KUTV in 1960 and became an ABC affiliate. KTVX by then had become the first television station in Utah to broadcast in color and was one of the first ABC affiliates to broadcast in color.

The station adopted its present-day KTVX call letters in October 1975 (which were previously used by fellow ABC affiliate KTUL-TV in Tulsa, Oklahoma from 1954 to 1957), when United Television--then the broadcasting division of 20th Century Fox--acquired the station. In 1981, United Television merged with Chris-Craft Industries.

KTVX nearly lost its ABC affiliation in late 1994 when CBS and Westinghouse Broadcasting announced a complex ownership trade with NBC. KUTV and KCNC-TV in Denver, which were owned by NBC at the time (the former station had recently been purchased by the network), were traded to Westinghouse in exchange for WCAU in Philadelphia; this came about after Westinghouse signed an affiliation deal with CBS which would cause KYW-TV and two other stations to switch to the network.[4] NBC first approached KTVX for an affiliation deal, but the station would renew its affiliation contract with ABC; as a result, it signed an affiliation deal with KSL-TV, which took effect on September 10, 1995.

Chris-Craft's television stations were sold to Fox Television Stations (a subsidiary of News Corporation) on August 12, 2000,[5] which was finalized July 31, 2001. KTVX and KMOL (now WOAI-TV) in San Antonio were subsequently traded to Clear Channel Communications (now iHeartMedia) in exchange for WFTC (see below).

Since Fox already owned KSTU (channel 13), it was forced to sell KTVX due to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulations prohibiting one company from owning two of the four highest-rated stations in a single market, as well as the fact that the station was in the middle of a long-term affiliation contract with ABC. Fox also wanted to offer an attractive package to Clear Channel for WFTC. KTVX was the only Chris-Craft owned station to have never been affiliated with UPN during the time that the company owned a partial stake in the network. In August 2005, President George W. Bush visited Salt Lake City to speak to the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Cindy Sheehan appeared in a paid political message protesting the Iraq War and the ad was submitted to the four major network stations in the market (KSL-TV, KSTU, KTVX and KUTV). KTVX management declined the offer saying that "the content could very well be offensive to our community in Utah, which has contributed more than its fair share of fighting soldiers and suffered significant loss of life in this Iraq war." [6]

A blue variant of the KTVX logo used from 2007 to 2013, when it was replaced with the current version.

On November 16, 2006, Clear Channel announced plans to sell all of its television stations, including KTVX,[7] after being bought by private equity firms. On April 20, 2007, Clear Channel sold its television station group to Providence Equity Partners's Newport Television.[8] That company closed on the station group on March 14, 2008. In May, Newport Television agreed to sell KTVX and five other stations to High Plains Broadcasting because of ownership conflicts. Newport would have continued to operate KTVX through a joint sales agreement after the sale was finalized.[9] However, on August 22, KTVX was removed from the sale after Univision Communications, owner of KUTH (channel 32) and of which Providence Equity Partners holds a 19% stake, canceled its plans to purchase KUTF (channel 12) in Logan thus alleviating the need to sell KTVX (although sister station KUCW was eventually sold to High Plains Broadcasting due to FCC single-market ownership limits but continued to be managed by Newport Television).[10] KUTF has since been sold to the Daystar Television Network.

On July 19, 2012, Newport Television sold 22 of its 27 stations to the Nexstar Broadcasting Group, Sinclair Broadcast Group and Cox Media Group. KTVX and KUCW were among the twelve that would be sold to Nexstar, which acquired both stations outright.[11] The JSA and SSA between KTVX and KUCW was terminated upon the completion of the sale, which occurred on December 3, as both stations officially became co-owned for the first time since Clear Channel sold the pair back in 2008. The purchases of KTVX and KUCW would also mark a re-entry into Utah for Nexstar, which had managed CBS affiliate KUTV and MyNetworkTV/This TV affiliate KMYU (channel 12) under a groupwide agreement with the Four Points Media Group before that company's stations were sold to Sinclair at the beginning of 2012. WOAI-TV, which has been a sister station to KTVX since United Television acquired both stations in 1975, was one of the Newport stations sold to Sinclair, which resulted in the two stations coming under entirely separate ownership and management for the first time in over 37 years; as a result, WOAI is now sister to rival KUTV.

On December 3, 2018, Nexstar announced it would acquire the assets of Chicago-based Tribune Media--which has owned Fox affiliate KSTU (channel 13) since December 2013--for $6.4 billion in cash and debt. Nexstar is precluded from acquiring KSTU directly or indirectly, as FCC regulations prohibit common ownership of more than two stations in the same media market, or two or more of the four highest-rated stations in the market. (Furthermore, any attempt by Nexstar to assume the operations of KSTU through local marketing or shared services agreements may be subject to regulatory hurdles that could delay completion of the FCC and Justice Department's review and approval process for the acquisition.) As such, Nexstar will be required to sell either KSTU or KTVX to a separate, unrelated company to address the ownership conflict. (In the case of KSTU, reports preceding the purchase announcement stated that, as it did during the group's failed purchase by Sinclair, Fox Television Stations would seek to acquire certain Fox-affiliated stations owned by Tribune from the eventual buyer of that group. Also, as KUCW does not rank among the top four in total-day viewership and therefore is not in conflict with existing FCC in-market ownership rules, that station optionally can be retained by Nexstar regardless of whether it chooses to retain ownership of KTVX or sell KTVX in order to acquire KSTU or, should it be divested, be sold to the prospective buyer of KTVX.)[12][13][14][15][16][17][18][19][20][21] On March 20, 2019, it was announced that Nexstar would keep the KTVX/KUCW duopoly and sell KSTU to the Cincinnati-based E. W. Scripps Company, marking Scripps' entry into Utah, as part of the company's sale of nineteen Nexstar- and Tribune-operated stations to Scripps and Tegna Inc. in separate deals worth $1.32 billion.[22][23]

Digital television

Digital channels

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[24]
4.1 720p 16:9 KTVX-HD Main KTVX programming / ABC
4.2 480i Me-TV MeTV
4.3 Laff Laff
4.4 H-I Heroes & Icons
14.3 TBD ATSC 1.0 simulcast of KJZZ-DT3 / TBD
14.4 Charge! ATSC 1.0 simulcast of KJZZ-DT4 / Charge!

In early 2008, KTVX carried "TheHive TV" on its second digital subchannel, which featured locally produced programs by Salt Lake City area residents and sports.[25] The schedule resembled a public access cable channel, however because the subchannel had to conform to FCC content guidelines, externally produced programs were approved by the station before they were broadcast. This service shut down in December 2008 and was replaced in January 2009 by Untamed Sports TV, which KTVX-DT2 served as its flagship station.

In April 2011, KTVX began carrying TheCoolTV music video network on its 4.2 subchannel.[26] KTVX replaced TheCoolTV with MeTV on July 30, 2012.[27]

On September 1, 2016, KTVX replaced WeatherNation on digital 4.3 with Laff.

On November 1, 2018, KTVX replaced a standard definition simulcast of KUCW on digital 4.3 with Heroes & Icons on digital 4.4.

Analog-to-digital conversion

KTVX became the first television station in Utah to broadcast a digital signal and the first to broadcast network programming in high-definition in 2000. The station shut down its analog signal, over VHF channel 4, on June 12, 2009, as part of the federally mandated transition from analog to digital television.[28] The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 40,[29] using PSIP to display KTVX's virtual channel as 4 on digital television receivers.

On September 9, 2018, KTVX moved its frequency, from digital channel 40 to digital channel 30.[30]

News operation

KTVX presently broadcasts 32 hours of locally produced newscasts each week (with six hours on weekdays, and two hours each on Saturdays and Sundays). In addition, KTVX produces a local lifestyle and entertainment program called Good Things Utah, which airs weekday mornings at 9 a.m.; and the public affairs program, On the Record, which airs on Sunday mornings. On April 26, 2010, KTVX became the third television station in the Salt Lake City market to begin broadcasting its local newscasts in high definition; with the conversion came the introduction of a new HD-compatible news set and graphics package.[31]

In September 2010, the station began expanding its local news programming. Its weekday morning newscast, Good Morning Utah, expanded to 2½ hours from 4:30-7 a.m. with a two-hour extension of the program being added to sister station KUCW (the 7-9 a.m. block on channel 30 was canceled in 2012). KTVX added a weekday afternoon newscast at 4 p.m. and began producing a half-hour 9 p.m. newscast for KUCW. In addition, KUCW debuted a KTVX-produced local entertainment program called The Daily Dish on September 7, 2010 (which has since been moved to KTVX and was converted into an hour-long midday newscast at 11:00 a.m.).[32] KUCW's 9 p.m. newscast ended on December 9, 2011 due to low ratings; the move was concurrent with other changes at KTVX, including the expansion of the 4 p.m. newscast to an hour on January 9, 2012.[33]

Notable current on-air staff

Notable former on-air staff

  • Dan Pope - Chief Meteorologist (1992-2007, 2014-2020)
  • Ross Becker - weekday anchor (2007-2010)
  • Nadia Crow - weekday anchor; also weeknight reporter (2013-2016)
  • Kim Fischer - weekday anchor; also primary weeknight anchor (2011-2018)[34]
  • Ruth Todd - primary weeknight female anchor (2001-2007)


KTVX extends its coverage throughout the entire state of Utah plus parts of Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada and Wyoming using a network of more than 100 community-owned translators listed below. As a result of the June 2009 transition to digital broadcasting, a few of these translators have converted to also digital-only broadcasts. However, only full-powered television stations were required to make the switch.

List of translators
City Callsign City Callsign City Callsign
Huntsville, Utah, etc. K10DT Preston, Idaho K31FR-D
Alton, Utah K25KN-D Kanab, Utah K32DC-D Preston, Idaho K42GN-D
Apple Valley, Utah K34CX Kanarraville, Utah K10CK
Aurora, Utah, etc. K12XD-D Randolph, Utah K11BF
Beaver, Utah, etc. K11CX Labarge & Big Piney, Wyoming K06FD Randolph & Woodruff, Utah K34FR-D
Laketown, Utah, etc. K10LM-D
Blanding/Monticello, Utah K44AG-D Richfield, Utah, etc. K15KY-D
Logan, Utah K30OY-D Roosevelt, Utah, etc. K10DD
Brian Head & Parowan, Utah K49HC Long Valley Junction, Utah K32HR-D Rural Beaver County, Utah K18FU-D
Caineville, Utah K32MP-D Lund & Preston, Nevada K08CB-D Rural Garfield County, Utah K16LZ-D
Cedar Canyon, Utah K06JA-D Malad, Idaho & surrounding area K14RY-D Rural Sevier County, Utah K15KT-D
Cedar City, Utah K11CQ-D Manila, Utah, etc. K04HN Ruth, Nevada K07DV-D
Cortez, etc., Colorado K49EQ-D Manti, Utah, etc. K24HJ-D St. George, Utah K23NY-D
Delta, Utah, etc. K35GC Marysvale, Utah K24MQ-D
Duchesne, Utah K10DE Mexican Hat, Utah, etc. K23MT-D
East Price, Utah K04IW Mink Creek, Idaho K11WF-D
Elko, Nevada K50CA Modena, Utah, etc. K17FF Scofield, Utah K10CL
Ely, Nevada K20LD-D
Montpelier, Idaho K33DR-D
Emery, Utah K35OA-D
Morgan, Utah, etc. K10FW Sigurd & Salina, Utah K08QC-D
Enterprise, Utah K05BU Spring Glen, Utah, etc. K10AZ
Escalante, Utah K30OR-D Mountain View, Wyoming, etc. K11DN Summit County, Utah K51FY-D
Fishlake Resort, Utah K28OQ-D Murray Canyon, Nevada, etc. K07DU-D Teasdale, Torrey, Utah K15KU-D
Fremont, Utah K32MQ-D Myton, Utah K19EY-D Toquerville, Utah K31IS-D
Garrison, etc., Utah K38KB-D Orangeville, Utah K32FR Tropic, Utah, etc. K32MT-D
Green River, Utah K04BR
Orderville, Utah K45KV-D
Overton, Nevada, etc. K50HQ-D Vernal, Utah, etc. K07CY
Hanksville, Utah K29LX-D Panguitch, Utah K15LA-D Virgin, Utah K13QK
Heber & Midway, Utah K31FP-D Park City, Utah, etc. K31FQ-D Washington, Utah, etc. K28EA-D
Helper, Utah K13BZ Parowan, Utah K34AG-D Washington, Utah, etc. K52KG-D
Hildale, Utah, etc. K09SU Pine Valley, Washington County, Utah, Etc. K11OO


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