KTTV, virtual and VHF digital channel 11, is a Fox owned-and-operated television station licensed to Los Angeles, California, United States, serving as the network's West Coast flagship outlet. The station is owned by the Fox Television Stations subsidiary of Fox Corporation, as part of a duopoly with MyNetworkTV West Coast flagship KCOP-TV (channel 13). The two stations share studios at the Fox Television Center in West Los Angeles; KTTV's transmitter is located atop Mount Wilson.
|Los Angeles, California|
|Branding||Fox 11 (general)|
Fox 11 News (newscasts)
|Slogan||Just One Station, Fox 11 (general)|
|Channels||Digital: 11 (VHF)|
Virtual: 11 (PSIP)
|Affiliations||11.1: Fox (O&O)|
11.3: Light TV
|Owner||Fox Television Stations, LLC|
|First air date||January 1, 1949|
|Call letters' meaning||K Times Tele Vision|
(for its founding owner, the Los Angeles Times)
|Former channel number(s)|
|Transmitter power||115 kW|
|Height||903 m (2,963 ft)|
|Transmitter coordinates||34°13′29″N 118°3′51″W|
|Public license information||Profile|
Early years (1947–1954)
KTTV's origins can be traced to December 1946, when the station's license and construction permit was secured by the Times Mirror Company, publishers of the Los Angeles Times. It was one of five licenses that were granted simultaneously by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to parties interested in launching commercial television stations in Los Angeles. In 1948, CBS, which owned KNX radio, purchased a 49% interest in the station and assisted in completing its construction in exchange for making channel 11 the network's Los Angeles television outlet. KTTV began operations on January 1, 1949 and was operated initially by KTTV, Incorporated, the Times/CBS-owned holding company. The station's first telecast was the Tournament of Roses Parade, which channel 11 would air every New Year's Day until 1995.
In May 1950, Times-Mirror purchased the Nassour Studios – a large motion picture facility on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood, and centralized KTTV's operations there. CBS did not join Times-Mirror in the purchase; at the time its West Coast production facilities were based at Columbia Square, with its CBS Television City facility in the planning stages. KTTV converted the Nassour Studios into a major production house for television, producing programs locally and for the emerging syndication market. Prior to the move, KTTV operated out of several different facilities, including the former headquarters of Capitol Records (which was later the longtime home of KHJ radio and what is now KCAL-TV) on Melrose Avenue.
Later in 1950, CBS chose to acquire its own station in Los Angeles – pioneer station KTSL (channel 2, renamed KNXT and now KCBS-TV) – which was being spun off by the Don Lee Broadcasting System as a result of its sale to General Tire and Rubber. The KTSL purchase forced CBS to divest its interest in KTTV due to FCC rules in effect at the time that barred the common ownership of two television stations in the same media market; the Los Angeles Times would regain full ownership of channel 11 when the sales were finalized on January 1, 1951. KTTV's relationship with CBS ended after exactly two years as the network moved its programming to KTSL. A few months later, channel 11 agreed to become the new Los Angeles outlet of the DuMont Television Network, which had been affiliated with KTSL and, before that, KTLA (channel 5).
In 1954, DuMont moved its programming to KHJ-TV (channel 9, now KCAL-TV), and KTTV became an independent station. During the late 1950s, the station was also briefly affiliated with the NTA Film Network. In 1958, channel 11 scored an advantage against its rivals when it became the television home of the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team, which had relocated from Brooklyn, New York that year. For the first 11 years and at the request of the team, KTTV's Dodger telecasts were limited to road games against the archrival San Francisco Giants. Eventually, the number of Dodger games broadcast on the station increased and the home game blackout was lifted; the relationship between KTTV and the Dodgers would last until 1992.
The show Confidential File on KTTV covered the 1962 convention of the Daughters of Bilitis and aired after Confidential File became syndicated nationally; this was probably the first American national broadcast that specifically covered lesbianism.
The Times-Mirror Company sold the station to Metromedia in 1963. Later that year, Metromedia purchased KLAC (570 AM) and the original KLAC-FM (102.7 FM, now KIIS-FM), giving channel 11 sister stations on the radio dial. Metromedia would later engineer a trade of FM frequencies, resulting in KLAC-FM moving to 94.7 FM (later to become KMET, now KTWV) in 1965.
By the 1970s, KTTV offered a traditional general entertainment schedule common among independent stations at the time, consisting of children's programs, off-network reruns, sports programming and old movies, along with a 10:00 p.m. newscast. Some of the staff members in the earlier 1970s were: John Jones, Sales Manager; George Putnam, news anchorman; George's co-anchor Hal Fishman; Ken Jones, first black on-air TV newsman in L.A.; Tom Kelly, TV sports reporter; Terry Mayo, noontime news; and Rona Barrett taped her syndicated gossip report at KTTV too, written by assistant Barbara Sternig. With the evolution of cable television, KTTV became a regional superstation. Thanks to its Dodgers broadcasts and round-the-clock programming, KTTV was seen on various cable systems across the Western United States during the 1970s and into the 1980s, as far east as El Paso, Texas. KTLA, with its Angels broadcasts, also became a superstation. KTTV and KTLA were seen on most Southern and Central California cable systems, with KHJ-TV and KCOP also getting carried outside Los Angeles to a lesser extent.
As a Fox-owned station (1986–present)
In 1986, Australian newspaper publisher Rupert Murdoch and his company, the News Corporation (which had acquired a controlling ownership interest in the 20th Century Fox film studio the year before), purchased KTTV and the other Metromedia television stations. The Metromedia stations ended up becoming part of a new holding company formed by News Corporation called Fox Television Stations; those stations formed the basis for the new Fox Broadcasting Company television network, which made its debut on October 9, 1986. Following the News Corporation purchase, KTTV added more first-run syndicated talk, court and reality shows. By the early 1990s, it began to run afternoon cartoons from the network's Fox Kids block (which debuted in 1990), as well as top-rated off-network sitcoms during the evening hours. KTTV removed cartoons on weekday mornings in June 1993, due to the launch of the morning newscast Good Day L.A.
In 2001, Fox Television Stations acquired several UPN affiliates owned by Chris-Craft Industries through its BHC Communications station group, effectively creating a duopoly between KTTV and KCOP-TV (channel 13). That fall, channel 11 dropped the Fox Kids weekday block and moved it to KCOP; Fox Kids discontinued its weekday block altogether in January 2002, with the lineup left now airing only on Saturday mornings under the new Fox Box branding (which was replaced by 4Kids TV in September 2002), KTTV began to air Fox's children's programming once again. Since the 4Kids block was replaced by Fox with the infomercial block Weekend Marketplace in December 2008, the station now airs five hours of educational programming, two more than required under FCC guidelines, as Xploration Station replaced Weekend Marketplace, which moved to KCOP, in September 2014.
KTTV also airs reruns of I Love Lucy, which had premiered in 1951, months after the station lost its CBS affiliation. Reruns of the sitcom are still popular among Southern California viewers and have continued to air in the Los Angeles market perpetually since the series ended its run in 1957, thus making KTTV only the second station in the market (the other being KCBS-TV) to continue airing the sitcom since it ended. Weekday airings of I Love Lucy have since moved to KCOP (which airs the program in a one-hour block), but KTTV continues to air the landmark sitcom on weekends during the late afternoon hours.
In 1996, KTTV relocated its longtime studios on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood, known as "Metromedia Square" (and later renamed the "Fox Television Center") to a new studio facility a few miles away on South Bundy Drive in West Los Angeles, near the Fox network headquarters (the network's headquarters are located on the 20th Century Fox studio lot). Several television series were filmed at the historic Metromedia Square television studio (which was once home to Norman Lear's Tandem Productions and TAT Communications Company) such as The Jeffersons, Mama's Family, Diff'rent Strokes, One Day at a Time, Soul Train, Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman, Fernwood 2 Night and the groundbreaking sketch comedy In Living Color. Many of those programs, either in first-run or off-network syndication, aired on KTTV. The Metromedia complex was demolished in 2003 to make way for the construction of Helen Bernstein High School (which is part of the Los Angeles Unified School District).
On May 16, 2006, KTTV launched a new website based on Fox Television Stations' MyFox interface; this format became standard on the websites of each of the Fox-owned stations – and was even adopted by some of Fox's affiliates not owned by the network – by the end of that year (the "MyFox" branded websites were operated by former News Corporation subsidiary EndPlay until 2012, when the sites were migrated to the WorldNow platform).
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|11.1||720p||16:9||KTTV DT||Main KTTV programming / Fox|
KTTV shut down its analog signal, over VHF channel 11, on June 12, 2009, as part of the federally mandated transition from analog to digital television. The station's digital signal relocated from its pre-transition UHF channel 65, which was among the high band UHF channels (52–69) that were removed from broadcasting use as a result of the transition, to its analog-era VHF channel 11 for post-transition operations.
In addition to carrying the entire Fox network programming lineup, KTTV serves as the flagship station for TMZ on TV and Dish Nation. Other syndicated programming broadcast on KTTV includes The Dr. Oz Show, and The Wendy Williams Show, among others.
Since the team's move to Los Angeles in 1958 (with exception of a brief pause from 1993 to 1995), KTTV has carried the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball games from varying sources; the station aired road games beginning in the late 1970s with the home games on the subscription/pay-per-view service Dodgervision; these road games aired on the station until 1992, when KTLA began airing the road games beginning with the 1993 season. Currently, select Dodger games are broadcast nationally through the network's sports division via its MLB package since 1996 (including its 2017 and 2018 World Series appearances); all other Dodger games are currently broadcast locally through SportsNet LA (with a small number of games simulcast over-the-air on KTLA since 2016). It also airs any Angels games that are aired through Fox's MLB contract, including their World Series victory in 2002.
With the return of the Rams franchise to Los Angeles, since 2016, KTTV has been the 'unofficial home' for the Los Angeles Rams through the network's primary rights of the National Football Conference. It had held this role for one season in 1994 prior to their move to St. Louis (that same year, Channel 11 aired two home interconference contests featuring the Raiders during their last season in Los Angeles). During the NFL regular season, Rams games are rotated with KNBC (through NBC Sunday Night Football), KABC-TV (through Monday Night Football) and most especially KCBS-TV (through the NFL on CBS). Since 2017, it has also broadcast Los Angeles Chargers games featuring a visiting NFC team, or games that are cross-flexed from CBS, with some select games from either team carried by KCOP if both teams are playing at the same time. Beginning in the 2018 season, the station began airing Thursday Night Football which is simulcast on NFL Network and if either one of the two LA teams are playing it serves as the local area station for gameday telecasts.
KTTV presently broadcasts 49 hours of local newscasts each week (with 9 hours on weekdays and 2 hours each on Saturdays and Sundays); this gives KTTV the second-largest local news output of any television station in the Los Angeles market, behind CW affiliate KTLA's 82 hours, 5 minutes of weekly newscasts. As is standard with Fox stations that carry early evening weekend newscasts, KTTV's Saturday and Sunday 5 p.m. newscasts are subject to delay or preemption due to network sports coverage. KTTV operates a Eurocopter A-Star 350 B-1, branded on-air as "SkyFox HD" (pictured right/above), to provide aerial coverage of breaking news stories. KTTV previously operated two helicopters; one of them (known as "Sky Fox 2") was destroyed after it crashed at Van Nuys Airport in 2000.
Throughout its history, the station has always operated a news department, partly owing to its former ties to the Los Angeles Times (which has been owned by the Tribune Company, owner of rival KTLA, since 2000). KTTV aired an 8 p.m. newscast from 1984 to 1987; it also briefly moved its 10 p.m. newscast to 11 p.m. in 1986, in order to compete with existing local newscasts in that same timeslot on KABC-TV, KNBC and KCBS-TV; the newscast's format initially was unchanged, but the 8 p.m. edition was later dropped while the 11 p.m. newscast reverted to its previous 10 p.m. slot shortly after News Corporation took over Metromedia in 1986. During this time period, the station also experimented with newscasts at midday and midnight.
In June 1993, the station launched a new morning news program called Good Day L.A., a program that was inspired by sister station WNYW's Good Day New York, which debuted in 1988. On July 14, 2008, KTTV launched a half-hour 10 a.m. newscast, following Good Day L.A., as the station's first midday newscast since the mid-1980s; KTTV is currently the only station in Los Angeles to have a local newscast in that timeslot. KTTV and KCOP began producing its local newscasts in high definition on October 15, 2008. On December 1, 2008, KTTV fully took over production of KCOP's 11 p.m. newscast, which was reduced from an hour to 30 minutes and retitled Fox News at 11, marking the end of a KCOP-produced and branded newscast. The newscast on channel 13 then became anchored by KTTV's 10 p.m. anchors Carlos Amezcua and Christine Devine, as it was considered an extension of the earlier newscast (in the case of KCOP, all of its newscasts on that station were eliminated on September 22, 2013).
On December 8, 2008, KTTV debuted a half-hour midday newscast at noon on weekdays. On April 27, 2009, KTTV introduced Good Day L.A. Today, a recap program airing at 12:30 p.m. weekdays that featured select segments featured on that day's edition of Good Day L.A.; that show has since been replaced by TMZ on TV. On April 12, 2010, the station expanded its weekday morning newscast by a half-hour to 4:30 a.m. Until September 12, 2011, KTTV was one of only two Fox owned-and-operated stations (the other being Chicago's WFLD) that did not have an early evening newscast on weeknights and/or weekends; this changed when KTTV launched an hour-long 5 p.m. newscast on that date called Studio 11 L.A. On June 30, 2014 KTTV expanded its noon newscast from 30 minutes to 1 hour.
On April 28, 2016, KTTV changed the name of its 5 p.m. newscast to Fox 11 5:00 News using the same anchors from Studio 11 L.A. Weekend early evening newscasts became known as Fox 11 Weekend News.
In September 2018, KTTV canceled its half-hour 10 a.m. newscast.
On December 10, 2018, Fox 11 Morning News adopted the Good Day L.A. branding, expanding the newscast from 7 a.m. to 4:30 a.m.
On April 1st, 2019, Good Day L.A. expands from 4:30 a.m. to 4 a.m.
Anonymous news report
On July 26, 2007, KTTV aired a report on the hacktivist group Anonymous, calling them a group of "hackers on steroids", "domestic terrorists", and collectively an "Internet hate machine". The report, which became the source for numerous internet memes, featured an unnamed former "hacker" who had fallen out with Anonymous and explained his view of the Anonymous culture. In addition, the report also mentioned "raids" on Habbo, a "national campaign to spoil the new Harry Potter book ending", and threats to "bomb sports stadiums".
Notable current on-air staff
- Julie Chang – entertainment anchor (2012–present)
- Christine Devine – anchor (1990–present)
- Laura Diaz – anchor (2012–present)
- Gigi Graciette – reporter (2002–present)
- Araksya Karapetyan – anchor (2012–present)
- Pablo Pereira – chief meteorologist (2012–present)
- Maria Quiban – weather anchor (2000–present)
- Gina Silva – general assignment and investigative reporter (2001–present)
- Marla Tellez – anchor and reporter (2014–present)
Notable former on-air staff
- Carlos Amezcua – anchor (2007–2013, now currently a morning news anchor at KUSI in San Diego)
- John Beard – anchor (now with WGRZ in Buffalo)
- Rod Bernsen – helicopter reporter (retired)
- Lisa Breckenridge – anchor (1999–2017)
- Steve Edwards – anchor (1995–2017)
- Hal Fishman (later with KTLA; deceased)
- Courtney Friel – reporter, now with KTLA
- Rick Garcia – anchor
- Carol Lin – weekend anchor/reporter
- Dorothy Lucey – Good Day L.A. co-host/entertainment anchor
- Lisa Joyner (later with KCBS-TV/KCAL-TV)
- Steve Kmetko – reporter (2007–2008)
- Jean Martirez – former morning anchor
- Antonio Mora – anchor
- George Putnam – anchor (deceased)
- Jillian (Barberie) Reynolds – Good Day L.A. co-host/weather reporter (1995–2012)
- Bill Ritter – Reporter (now at WABC)
- Lauren Sanchez – former entertainment reporter, special projects reporter, and fill-in anchor
- Maria Sansone – Good Day LA co-host and anchor
- John Schwada – political reporter
- Mark Thompson – chief meteorologist/local program host (1992–2011) – now at KFI Los Angeles
- Cindy Vandor – reporter
- Jane Wells – reporter (now with the Los Angeles bureau of CNBC)
KTTV is rebroadcast on the following translator stations:
- "Six Los Angeles video grants; Don Lee delayed." Broadcasting – Telecasting, December 23, 1946, pg. 90.
- "CBS, 'L. A. Times' to operate KTTV." Broadcasting – Telecasting, May 3, 1948, pg. 27.
- "KTTV opens; Rose Bowl events mark debut." Broadcasting – Telecasting, January 3, 1949, pg. 31.
- "KTTV (TV) moves; sets Nassour Studios for film making." Broadcasting – Telecasting, March 13, 1950, pg. 53.
- "KTTV buys Nassour Studios; sale price $2 million." Broadcasting – Telecasting, May 22, 1950, pg. 45.
- "KTTV leases studios." Broadcasting – Telecasting, July 11, 1950, pg. 57.
- "Don Lee sale; General Tire bid sets record."] Broadcasting – Telecasting, October 30, 1950, pp. 21, 30.
- "Don Lee sale; General Tire purchase approved." Broadcasting – Telecasting, January 1, 1951, pp. 19, 68.
- "KTTV-DuMont; affiliation planned April 11." Broadcasting – Telecasting, March 19, 1951, pg. 61.
- "KHJ-TV DuMont affiliate." Broadcasting – Telecasting, March 22, 1954, pg. 9.
- "Require Prime Evening Time for NTA Films". Boxoffice: 13. November 10, 1956. Archived from the original on June 14, 2009.
- "KTTV (TV) to telecast Dodger-Giant contests." Broadcasting, May 5, 1958, pg. 68.
- Capsuto, Steven (2000). Alternate Channels: The Uncensored Story of Gay and Lesbian Images on Radio and Television, pg. 43. Ballantine Books. ISBN 0-345-41243-5.
- "KTTV to Metromedia for $10 million plus." Broadcasting, January 14, 1963, pg. 9.
- "FCC okays sale of KTTV(TV) Los Angeles." Broadcasting, June 3, 1963, pg. 75.
- "Metromedia assumes KTTV(TV) operation." Broadcasting, July 8, 1963, pg. 72.
- "Metromedia adds KLAC in $4.5 million deal." Broadcasting, March 18, 1963, pp. 9–10.
- "Changing hands." Broadcasting, March 22, 1965, pp. 110–111: Metromedia acquires KRHM (94.7 FM) and sells KLAC-FM (102.7 FM); the FCC allows both facilities to exchange call letters.
- Fox Stations Moving To WorldNow Platforms, TVNewsCheck, April 16, 2012.
- Busch, Anita (November 16, 2016). "Roma Downey, Mark Burnett And MGM Launch Light TV With Fox Stations On Board". Deadline. Retrieved March 6, 2017.
- Bouma, Luke (March 3, 2017). "Three New Over-the-Air TV Networks Recently Launched". Cord Cutters News. Retrieved March 6, 2017.
- "Light TV". Light TV.com. LightWorker Media OTT, LLC. Archived from the original on December 23, 2016. Retrieved March 6, 2017.
- RabbitEars TV Query for KTTV
- "YouTube video of analog TV shutoffs in Los Angeles". Youtube.com. Retrieved 2011-11-09.
- "Wayback Machine" (PDF). 29 August 2013. Archived from the original (PDF) on 29 August 2013.
- "FCC DTV status report for KTTV". Fjallfoss.fcc.gov. Retrieved 2011-11-09.
- "KTTV Launches 12:30 p.m. Show – 2009-04-23 18:34:50 | Broadcasting & Cable". Broadcastingcable.com. Retrieved 2011-11-09.
- KTTV Launching 5 PM News, Broadcasting & Cable, June 20, 2011.
- "Studio 11 LA". Myfoxla.com. Archived from the original on November 15, 2011. Retrieved 2011-11-09.
- Phil Shuman (investigative reporter) (2007-07-26). "Fox 11 Investigates: 'Anonymous'". KTTV (Fox). Archived from the original on May 22, 2008. Retrieved 2009-01-13.
- Official website
- Query the FCC's TV station database for KTTV
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KTTV-TV
- Channel 11: Power-packed from the start Metropolitan News-Enterprise column on early days of KTTV
- 1954: KTTV dumps Du Mont, KHJ becomes its affiliate "Reminiscing" column in the MetNews on KTTV severing its ties with a national network
- Channel 11 loads its schedule with syndicated shows "Reminiscing" column by Roger M. Grace on syndicated filmed shows on KTTV in the second half of the 1950s
- KTTV presents George Putnam, Masked Genius, Three Stooges MetNews column on live shows on KTTV after its parting of ways with Du Mont.
- Films with live intros marked KTTV in the daytime Roger M. Grace recalls hosts who introduced films on KTTV in the 1950s