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Denver, Colorado
United States
Branding Channel 20 (general)
9 News (newscasts)
Slogan Everywhere
Channels Digital: 19 (UHF)
Virtual: 20 (PSIP)
Subchannels 20.1 MyNetworkTV
20.2 Me-TV
Translators K14JZ-D Peetz
K49EX-D Anton
K31IQ-D Sterling
Affiliations MyNetworkTV
NBC (Alternate)
Owner Tegna
(Multimedia Holdings Corporation)
First air date April 12, 1988 (1988-04-12)
Call letters' meaning TeleVision Denver
Sister station(s) KUSA
Former channel number(s) Analog:
20 (UHF, 1988–2009)
Former affiliations Primary:
independent (1988–1995)
UPN (1995–2006)
Universal Sports (2011-2012)
Transmitter power 1,000 kW
Height 374 m
Facility ID 68581
Transmitter coordinates
Licensing authority FCC
Public license information: Profile
Website .com.my20denverwww

KTVD, virtual channel 20 (UHF digital channel 19), is a MyNetworkTV-affiliated television station located in Denver, Colorado, United States. The station is owned by Tegna (maintained by The Gannett Company), as part of a duopoly with NBC affiliate KUSA (channel 9). The two stations share studio facilities located on East Speer Boulevard in Denver's Speer neighborhood (to the immediate southeast of the studios shared by KWGN-TV (channel 2) and KDVR (channel 31)); KTVD maintains transmitter facilities atop Lookout Mountain (near Golden). On cable, the station is available on Comcast Xfinity channel 5 and in high definition on digital channel 657.


  • History 1
    • Prior history of UHF channel 20 in Denver 1.1
    • KTVD station history 1.2
  • Digital television 2
    • Digital channels 2.1
    • Analog-to-digital conversion 2.2
  • Programming 3
    • Sports programming 3.1
  • Newscasts 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


Prior history of UHF channel 20 in Denver

Prior to KTVD's sign on, the UHF channel 20 allocation in Denver was occupied by KHBC, which signed on in the mid-1950s. The station was hampered by low viewership as only a small percentage of television sets in the area were even capable of receiving UHF stations since set manufacturers were not required to equip televisions with UHF tuners until the Federal Communications Commission passed the All-Channel Receiver Act in 1961, although UHF tuners were not included on all newer sets until 1964. This played a major factor in KHBC ultimately shutting down. A later construction permit for a planned station using the callsign KIRV that would have operated on the same channel expired without any station signing on.[1]

KTVD station history

KTVD first signed on the air on April 12, 1988. Originally operating as an independent station, it maintained a general entertainment format featuring classic cartoons and sitcoms, old movies and religious programming. The station lost money throughout its first two years on the air, and its original owners filed the station for bankruptcy in August 1990.[2] At one point, KTVD had only carried a few low-budget shows, religious programs and infomercials. The station began to turn a profit with the paid programming that aired, and gradually added a number of barter syndicated shows, such as cartoons, some older sitcoms and first-run talk shows, to its schedule. In March 1994, KTVD was purchased by Newsweb Corporation, operating under the licensee of Channel 20 TV Company, and emerged from bankruptcy.[3]

On January 16, 1995, KTVD became a charter affiliate of the upstart United Paramount Network (UPN). Channel 20 TV Company acquired KTVS (channel 3, now KCDO-TV) in Sterling in 1999, and converted it into a satellite station of KTVD; that station changed its callsign to KUPN in 2002 to reflect its UPN affiliation.

On December 15, 2005, Newsweb Corporation announced the sale of KTVD to the Gannett Company, owners of NBC affiliate KUSA-TV (channel 9). This was despite rumors that Fox Television Stations (which owned Fox station KDVR (channel 31) at the time locally, and is the current owner of KTVD's former Chicago sister station WPWR-TV) would purchase the station to create a duopoly with KDVR; the transaction was finalized on June 26, 2006.[4] Newsweb retained possession of KUPN, and converted it into an independent station in June 2006.[5]

On January 24, 2006, CBS Corporation and Time Warner announced that the two companies would shut down UPN (which CBS had acquired one month earlier in December 2005 following its split from Viacom) and The WB and combine the respective programming from the two networks to create a new jointly-owned "fifth" network called The CW.[6][7] As part of the announcement, the network signed a ten-year agreement with Tribune Broadcasting to affiliate with 13 of the 16 WB-affiliated stations that the company had owned at the time – including WB affiliate KWGN-TV (channel 2), which was named as the network's Denver charter affiliate.[8]

Nearly one month later on February 22, 2006, News Corporation announced the launch of a new competing network, MyNetworkTV, which would be operated by its Fox Television Stations and Twentieth Television units.[9][10] On July 12 of that year, the Gannett Company signed an affiliation agreement to make KTVD the Denver affiliate of MyNetworkTV;[11] the station officially affiliated with the network upon MyNetworkTV's September 5, 2006 launch. As of November 2014, the station's website merely contains the MyNetworkTV default video portal, links to KUSA's website, and FCC-required public file reports.

On June 29, 2015, Gannett split in two, with one side specializing in print media and the other side specializing in broadcast and digital media. KUSA and KTVD were retained by the latter company, named TEGNA.[12]

Digital television

Digital channels

The station's digital channel is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[13]
20.1 720p 16:9 KTVD-DT Main KTVD programming / MyNetworkTV
20.2 480i 4:3 MeTV Me-TV
9.4 1080i 16:9 KUSA-HD KUSA programming (copy of 9-1 on VHF 9)

On January 10, 2011, KTVD began carrying Universal Sports on its second digital subchannel; the network moved to digital channel 20.2 from KUSA's 9.3 subchannel in order to balance out the bandwidth of both stations. Universal Sports transitioned from a digital multicast network into a cable and satellite service on January 1, 2012, resulting in KTVD replacing the network with the classic television service Me-TV.[14][15]

In late January 2015, Gannett reconfigured KTVD to change KTVD programming from 1080i to 720p, increased the compression ratio and used the space to add a duplicate of the KUSA 9.1 digital subchannel from RF VHF 9 as "KUSA-HD," digital subchannel 9.4 (viewers who can receive both channels will now see digital subchannels 9.1 - 9.3 from RF VHF 9 and 9.4 from RF UHF 19.)

Analog-to-digital conversion

KTVD shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 20, on June 12, 2009, the official date in which full-power television stations in the United States transitioned from analog to digital broadcasts under federal mandate. The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 19.[16] Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 20.


Syndicated programs broadcast by KTVD include The King of Queens, The People's Court, How I Met Your Mother, Judge Mathis, and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.

Sports programming

KTVD also holds broadcast rights to NFL exhibition games featuring the Denver Broncos (sister station KUSA also carries Broncos games produced as part of NBC Sunday Night Football, though most regular season games air on KCNC). From 1991 to 1995, the station was also the local broadcast home of the Denver Nuggets. In 2003, the station became the local television broadcaster for the Colorado Rockies Major League Baseball franchise; the station lost the rights to the games in 2009.


KUSA presently produces 20½ hours of locally produced newscasts each week (with 3½ hours on weekdays, and 1½ hours each on Saturdays and Sundays) for KTVD. To correspond with the affiliation switch to MyNetworkTV, KUSA began producing a daily half-hour primetime newscast at 9:00 p.m. for KTVD on September 5, 2006, to compete with newscasts seen in that timeslot on CW affiliate KWGN-TV and Fox owned-and-operated station (now affiliate) KDVR (KWGN later moved its primetime newscast to 7:00 p.m. in 2009).[17] Exactly three months later on December 5, 2006, KUSA began producing a two-hour extension of its weekday morning newscast on the station. In 2010, KTVD began airing hour-long extensions of its weekend morning newscasts. In September 2010, the station debuted the 9News Daily Connection, a midday newscast at 11:00 a.m. on weekdays that was produced jointly by NBC News and KUSA (KTVD was the only television station that was not owned-and-operated by NBC to air the Daily Connection program). In July 2011, the program was replaced with a traditional newscast in the 11:00 a.m. slot.

KTVD will sometimes take on the responsibility of airing KUSA's newscasts whenever that station cannot do so because of NBC Sports telecasts that are scheduled to overrun into one of channel 9's regularly scheduled newscast timeslots; in particular, KUSA's 5:00 p.m. newscast on Sunday evenings may air on KTVD during the NFL season when KUSA airs NBC's Sunday Night Football pregame show Football Night in America.


  1. ^
  2. ^ "Public Notice Comment". FCC CDBS database. 1990-08-20. Retrieved 2008-08-27. 
  3. ^ "Public Notice Comment". FCC CDBS database. 1994-01-13. Retrieved 2008-08-27. 
  4. ^ "Gannett completes the acquisition of KTVD-TV Channel 20 in Denver". Gannett Press Release. 2006-06-26. Retrieved 2008-08-27. 
  5. ^ "KUPN Public Interest Statement". FCC CDBS database. 2008-06-03. Retrieved 2008-08-27. 
  6. ^ 'Gilmore Girls' meet 'Smackdown'; CW Network to combine WB, UPN in CBS-Warner venture beginning in September,, January 24, 2006.
  7. ^ UPN and WB to Combine, Forming New TV Network, The New York Times, January 24, 2006.
  8. ^ Tribune TV Stations to Lead Affiliate Group of New Network, Tribune Company corporate website, January 24, 2006.
  9. ^ "News Corp. to launch new mini-network for UPN stations".  
  10. ^ News Corp. Unveils MyNetworkTV, Broadcasting & Cable, February 22, 2006.
  11. ^ Romano, Allison (2006-07-12). "MNT Signs Up Seven More". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved 2008-08-27. 
  12. ^ "Separation of Gannett into two public companies completed | TEGNA". Tegna. Retrieved 2015-06-29. 
  13. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for KTVD
  14. ^ Where to Watch Me-TV: KTVD
  15. ^ Ostrow, Joanne. "Ostrow: KTVD's subchannel will tune into vintage TV hits". Denver Post. 
  16. ^ "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and the Second Rounds" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-03-24. 
  17. ^ Saunders, Dusty (2006-05-25). "9News entering 9 p.m. fray". Rocky Mountain News. Retrieved 2008-08-27. 

External links

  • Official website
  • KTVD-DT2 website
  • Query the FCC's TV station database for KTVD
  • BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KTVD-TV
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