KBTV-TV owned by Deerfield Media and launched on Oct 22, 1957 is a Fox affiliate that broadcasts in Port Arthur, Beaumont and Orange in Texas. The channel is maintained by Sinclair Broadcast Group via joint sales and shared services agreements as it makes sister with CBS KFDM, a CBS affiliate. The duo has offices located on I-10/US 69 interchange in Beaumont while transmitter is located in Vidor. Fox4 can be watched on cable through Charter Spectrum on Ch 2.
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KBTV as an NBC affiliate went on air on Oct 22, 1957 as a KAPC under the original ownership of Gulfcoast Television, Inc; Port Arthur College was the joint owner of the channel 4. Port Arthur college also held stake in KAPC 1250 AM radio before selling it to Jefferson Amusement Company in 1965. Channel 4 callsign was changed to KJAC-TV. KBTV would be the first in the area to initiate color broadcasts and live coverage of high school football games. Jive At Five, Circle 4 Cub and The Cowboy John Show were the initially broadcast classical programming. Jefferson Entertainment Company released the channel to Clay Communications in 1973.
Nexstar Broadcasting Group became the new owner of the channel after buying it from Broadcast Group in 1998. Present calls: KBTV were employed on June 11, 1999 to show its allegiance to Beaumont; the city of the license of KBTV is still Port Arthur. The calls of the channel were previously occupied by Dallas-based WFAA and Denver-based KUSA.
It presently shares its calls with Sacramento station KBTV-CD. The station relocated its studio facilities Parkdale Mall in Beaumont before moving to the current location in April 2013. It at that time was one of the few channels to have offices in a shopping outlet. Following Nexstar’s agreement with Fox to increase its outlet’s news input, channel 4 became the network’s new affiliate in the Beaumont dropping its 5-decade affiliation with NBC. NBC afterwards roped in KBMT while KUIL beaten by KBTV became an independent service. Nexstar put the channel on sale on Aug 22, 2012; the deal completed on Dec 2, 2012 with Deerfield Media becoming the new owner. It then entered JSA with Sinclair Broadcast Group on Dec 3, 2012.
Syndicated programs broadcasted by the channel include Feud, Divorce Court, Jeopardy, Wheel of Fortune and others. It presently broadcasts 23.5 hours of local news on weekly basis with 4.5 hours on weekdays and 30 min on Sat and Sun each. The 4pm news-bulletin was branded as Southeast Texas Live in Sep 2010. You can watch the channel online. Here is the website: https://fox4beaumont.com