KTDO El Paso

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Channel 48 Texas

KTDO is a Telemundo television broadcasting in El Paso, Texas and licensed to Las Cruces, New Mexico. NBCUniversal through its division NBC Owned Television Stations holds the channel. Its studios are located on North Mesa Street/Highway 20 while transmitter is installed on the Franklin Mountains.

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History

KTDO as an independent English language television service was launched on Nov 18, 1984 under the callsign KASK-TV. At the time of its launch, it had radio sister KASK 103.1 FM. In Oct 1987, KASK went down after being purchased by Bayport Communications. The new owner was allowed to shift its transmitter to Anthony, New Mexico while the request filed with FCC to increase the ERP of the transmitter to 5m watts.

On June 13, 1990 Ch 48 resurfaced under the new ownership of Robert Muñoz; the new calls assign to the channel were KZIA. In 1991, it was added to El Paso cable lines. In another ownership change, KZIA went into the hands of Lee Enterprises in 1993. It was then branded as Z48 and was linked with United Paramount Network as its charter affiliate on Jan 16, 1995.

The call letters were changed to KMAZ and it switched to Telemundo on Jan 16, 1998. The management viewed the change as radical after assessing the need for a second Spanish language station on the US side of the border. With the signing of new affiliation, it changed its calls to KTYO. ZGS Group acquired the channel in 2004 for USD 1.8m. The new calls taken by the channel were KTDO. NBCUniversal announced the acquisition of KTDO and other ZGS Broadcasting stations on Dec 4, 2017; the deal consummated on Feb 1, 2018.

The analog signal was replaced with the digital transmission on June 12, 2009 in an FCC-mandated switch across US. However, it retained the pre-transition UHF Ch 47 slot after the converting digital. Federal Communications Commission cancelled the license of KTDO-LP on Dec, 21 2018 after the digital switch in both Mexico and United states.

Programming

KTDO currently offers 12 hours of locally produced news-bulletins per week with 2 hours on weekdays and 1 hour each on Sat and Sun. Spanish language half-hour newscasts under the branding: Telenoticias El Paso were added on Nov 16, 2010 in High Definition. Another local Spanish language newscast was added on June 11, 2010. Audiences can watch Telemundo 48 online for latest Spanish news in El Paso and connect with it on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Here is the website: www.telemundo48elpaso.com/en-vivo