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For the Communist International university known as KUTV, see Communist University of the Toilers of the East.
KUTV is the CBS-affiliated television station serving the greater Salt Lake City, Utahmarker metro area. The station broadcasts on UHF digital channel 34 from Farnsworth Peakmarker in the Oquirrh Mountains as well as a variety of translators throughout Utah, Nevadamarker and Wyomingmarker. It is a sister station to KUSGmarker channel 12, which serves the St. Georgemarker area as a This TV affiliate; until 2008, it was operated as a satellite of KUTV. As of April 6, 2009, KUTV began carrying This TV on its 2.2 digital subchannel.

History

It originally signed on in 1954 as Utah's ABC affiliate (in 1960 an NBC station), trading affiliations with KCPX-TV (now KTVXmarker). The original co-owners were Frank C. Carman & Associates and the The Salt Lake Tribune owned by the Kearns-Tribune Corporation. The deal was spearheaded by Tribune publisher John F. Fitzpatrick after his experience with two successful investments in local radio, including KSL marker and KALLmarker. In 1956 the Carman group sold its interest to A.L. Glasmant for the Ogden Standard-Examiner and his son-in-law and daughter, George and Gene Hatch. In the reorginization the Kearns-Tribune Corporation retained thirty-five percent interest until 1970.

In 1994, NBC bought majority control (88%) of KUTV from VS&A Communications Partners (by this point, the Hatch's stake had been reduced to 12%). However, in September 1995, KUTV became a CBS affiliate as part of a complex deal resulting from Westinghouse Broadcasting (Group W)'s affiliation deal with CBS. CBS traded its longtime O&O in Philadelphiamarker, WCAU-TVmarker, to NBC in exchange for KCNC-TVmarker in Denvermarker, with KUTV added to the deal as compensation. CBS then sold controlling interest in KUTV to Group W. NBC initially wanted to return to KTVX, but ultimately signed with KSL-TVmarker.

When Group W's owner, Westinghouse Electric Corporation, merged with CBS in 1996, KUTV became a CBS O&O. It is one of the few stations in the country to have been affiliated with all three original television networks, and one of a number to have been owned by two different networks.

At the time, KUTV retained one NBC program: Saturday Night Live, which remained in its Saturday 10:30pm time slot until about five months later.

In 2003, the station moved from a facility in West Valley Citymarker to a street-side studio at 299 Main Street in Downtown Salt Lakemarker's Wells Fargo Building. The move was financed in part by the Salt Lake City Redevelopment Agency—in the form of $1.2-million in interest free loans. KUTV's newscasts overlook the street, and many segments take advantage of outdoor camera positions. Nearby Gallivan Plaza is also featured in some KUTV programming.

Under CBS ownership, KUTV was one of five CBS-O&O stations that did not follow the CBS Mandate, given the fact it is called 2News as opposed to CBS2 (this branding used on sisters WCBSmarker, WBBMmarker and KCBSmarker. The other five are WCCOmarker in Minneapolismarker-St. Paulmarker - branded as WCCO 4, KDKA-TVmarker in Pittsburghmarker - branded as simply KDKA-TV or KDKA-TV 2 (there is a CBS2 logo but residents of Pittsburgh would be upset had this been used "over-the-air"), WJZmarker in Baltimoremarker - branded as WJZ 13, WBZmarker in Bostonmarker, branded as simply WBZ, and WWJ-TVmarker in Detroitmarker, branded simply as WWJTV.

On February 7, 2007, CBS Corporation reached an agreement to sell seven of its smaller-market stations, including KUTV and KUSG, to Cerberus Capital Management, L.P., for $185 million. Cerberus then formed a new holding company for the stations, Four Points Media Group, who took over the operation of the stations through local marketing agreements in late-June 2007. Subsequently, the site was moved to kutv.com with an interface somewhat similar to the former CBS version. The sale was finally approved by the FCC in mid-November 2007, and ownership was officially transferred on January 10, 2008.

As of November 26, 2007, KUTV started hosting master control operations for its Providence marker sister station, The CW affiliate WLWCmarker, which was also acquired by the Four Points Media Group. On February 25, 2008, KUTV added three new stations from West Palm Beach, Floridamarker to this operation, officially becoming the hub network for Four Points. The stations are The CW affiliate WTVXmarker, the MyNetworkTV affiliate WTCN-CAmarker, and Azteca América affiliate WWHB. On March 20, 2009, the Nexstar Broadcasting Group took over the management of all of the Four Points stations, including KUTV, under a three-year outsourcing agreement.

KUTV produces a 30 minute 6:30 p.m. (Eastern time) daily local news program for WTVX, "CW West Palm News at 6:30". KUTV staffers anchor the show from a separate studio, and WTVX adds material from two local reporters. [345403]

KUTV airs The Early Show's second hour every weekday morning at 8 a.m., but not airing the first hour due to the third hour of its local morning newscast.

On April 19, 2008, during their 5:30 newscast, KUTV became the first station in Salt Lake City to do local news in HD. This was about 10 days before KSL news switched to HD instead of upconverting wide-screen standard definition video.

On May 9, 2008 KUTV.com launched KUTV Greener Living a web site focused green businesses and products in Utah; the site also delivers localized environmental and political news.

On June 7, 2009, the Weekend Morning newscast was abruptly canceled. The reasons given were that the management company did not like to air Weekend Morning newscasts and that they were looking for ways to trim the budget.

On June 12, 2009, KUTV ended analog broadcasts and began to transmit exclusively digitally.

During August 2009 KUTV did not renew its lease on their helicopter to save on leasing fees and storing it in the hanger. Instead KUTV has put an emphasis on, "Chopper 2", a Harley Davidson motorcycle with a sidecar converted into a swiveling camera mount and seat for a camera operator. It will be used to help cover traffic accidents, weather reports, and parades.

Personalities

News/Station Presentation

Newscast Titles

  • Utoco News (1954-Early 1960s)
  • KUTV News (Early 1960s-1977 and 1984-1994)
  • NewsWatch 2 (1977-1984)
  • KUTV 2 News (1994-1997)
  • 2 News (1997-present)

Station Slogans

  • You're in 2 Country (mid-late 1970s)
  • Hello, Utah (Channel 2 Loves You) (early 80s)
  • 2 Together (1980s)
  • Where News Comes First (1980s; used on news promos)
  • Utah's 24 Hour News Channel (early 1990s)
  • Utah's News Channel (mid-1990s)
  • Fresh Air (2002-present)
  • Utah's Source for Breaking News, Weather and Sports (2007-present)


Newscast Music

  • KUTV 1957 News Theme by Unknown Composer (19??-19??)
  • KUTV 1965 News Theme by Unknown Composer (19??-19??)
  • The Action News Theme by Unknown Composer (19??-1974)
  • NBC TV-Radio Newspulse by Fred Weinberg Productions, Inc. (1974-1979)
  • KUTV 1979 News Theme by Unknown Composer (1979-19??)
  • KUTV 1983 News Theme by Unknown Composer (19??-1983)
  • Hello News by Gari Communications (1983-19??)
  • KUTV 1990 News Theme by Unknown Composer (19??-19??)
  • KUTV 1993 News Theme by Unknown Composer (19??-19??)
  • KUTV 1994 News Theme by Unknown Composer (19??-19??)
  • Primetime News by Non-Stop Music (19??-19??)
  • Power News by Non-Stop Music (19??-2006)
  • Horizon by Stephen Arnold Music (2006-2007)
  • Alive (V.1, V.2) by 615 Music (2007-present)


Translators

KUTV extends its coverage throughout the entire state of Utahmarker, plus parts of Arizonamarker, Idahomarker, Nevadamarker and Wyomingmarker, using a network of more than 100 community-owned translator television stations listed below.

City Callsign City Callsign City Callsign
Alton, Utahmarker K11OC Green River, Utahmarker K09CX Oljeto, Utah K02PV
Antimony, Utahmarker K04FG Hanksville, Utahmarker K11LJ Orangeville, Utahmarker K28GZ
Aurora, Utahmarker, etc. K53CF Hanna, Utahmarker, etc. K09MQ Orderville, Utahmarker K02EN
Beaver, Utahmarker, etc. K09CS Hatch, Utahmarker K09MO Panguitch, Utahmarker K02BN
Beaver, Utahmarker, etc. K22FS-D Heber City, Utahmarker, etc. K35EW Park City, Utahmarker, etc. K15FL
Bigelow Bench Area, Wyoming K38BZ Helper, Utahmarker K11BV Parowan, Utahmarker K32AG
Blanding, Utahmarker, etc. K46AF Henefer, Utahmarker, etc. K08AS Peoamarker & Oakley, Utahmarker K08IE
Bluff, Utahmarker & Area K02PU Henrieville, Utahmarker K11UM Preston, Idahomarker K29EY
Montpelier, Idahomarker, etc. K31CI Huntsville, Utahmarker, etc. K50EB Preston, Idahomarker K44HA
Boulder, Utahmarker K08II Kanab, Utahmarker K02BI Randolphmarker & Woodruff, Utahmarker K26GH
Caineville, Utah K09LV Kanab, Utahmarker K20EC Randolph, Utahmarker K13QJ
Capitol Reef National Park, Utahmarker K08HZ Kanarraville, Utahmarker K08CE Richfield, Utahmarker, etc. K03AS
Ceder Citymarker Canyon, Utah K08MZ Koosharem, Utahmarker K08CL Richfield, Utahmarker, etc. K31JI-D
Cedar City, Utahmarker K09CJ Laketown, Utahmarker, etc. K08JR Roosevelt, Utahmarker, etc. K12FG
Circleville, Utahmarker K11FZ Leamington, Utahmarker K48FY Rural Garfield County, Utahmarker K16EQ
Coalville, Utahmarker K09DP Loa, Utahmarker, etc. K07CT Rural Sevier County, Utahmarker K35DX
Coalville, Utahmarker K11DW Long Valley Junction, Utah K48EK Ruth, Nevadamarker K09DW
Delta, Utahmarker, etc. K31FG Lundmarker & Preston, Nevadamarker K10BU Samak, Utahmarker K09VF
Dingle, Idaho, etc. K09PL Manti, Utahmarker, etc. K09FM Scipiomarker & Holden, Utahmarker K08DP
Duchesne, Utahmarker K08CT Manti, Utahmarker, etc. K28JN-D Scofield, Utahmarker K08CF
Dutch Johnmarker & Manila, Utahmarker K02HP Marysville, Utah K02BQ Sigurdmarker & Salina, Utahmarker K08CM
East Price, Utahmarker K02OT Mayfield, Utahmarker K13JP Sigurdmarker & Salina, Utahmarker K16HE-D
Ely, Nevadamarker K32CJ McKinnon, Wyomingmarker, etc. K27DZ Spring Glen, Utah, etc. K08AU
Emery, Utahmarker K35DW Mexican Hat, Utahmarker K02PT Steptoe & Ruby Valley, Nevadamarker K08IY
Escalante, Utahmarker K02FQ Mexican Hat, Utahmarker K13XO Summit County, Utahmarker K41GS
Eureka, Nevadamarker K40CI Mink Creek, Idaho K08EZ Teasdalemarker & Torrey, Utahmarker K02BO
Eureka, Utahmarker K41DC Modena, Utahmarker, etc. K27GB Ticaboo, Utahmarker K02ON
Fillmore, Utahmarker, etc. K36FY Montezuma Creek, Utahmarker K02OI Tropicmarker & Cannonville, Utahmarker K02IF
Fish Lake Resort, Utah K07IZ Morgan, Utahmarker, etc. K08GA Utahn, Utah K09VZ
Fruitland, Utahmarker K12KZ Mount Pleasant, Utahmarker K08CC Vernal, Utahmarker, etc. K09CY
Garfield, Utah, etc. K39FT Murray Canyon, Nevada, etc. K09EA Wanship, Utahmarker K06JH
Garrison, Utahmarker, etc. K09NB Myton, Utahmarker, etc. K43AE Wendover, Utahmarker K08EI
Green River, Utahmarker K02BU Navajo Mountain School, Utahmarker, etc. K02PX Woodlandmarker & Kamas, Utahmarker K48AE


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