KTRK-TV Houston

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ABC 13 Texas

KTRK-TV owned by ABC owned Television Stations and launched on Nov 20, 1954 is an ABC affiliate owned by The Walt Disney Company broadcasting division ABC Owned Television Stations. It is headquartered on Bissonnet Street in Upper Kirby district while transmitter is located near Missouri City in unincorporated Fort Bend County area.

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History

KTRK went on air on Nov 20, 1954 as KTRK-TV and straightaway signed an affiliation agreement with ABC which dropped KPRC. It since its inception has been broadcasting as an ABC affiliate. The original studios of the channel were located at 4513 Cullen Boulevard later joined by KHTV (later renamed KIAH) and KUHT, Public Broadcasting Station member.

Houston Chronicle, the owner of the television released channel 13 to Capital Cities Broadcasting, forerunner of Capital Cities Communications in 1967. The circle 13 logo was introduced under the new ownership of Capital. ABC acquired Capital Cities in 1986 to turn KTRK into its first O&O station in Texas. The ownership was once again changed as the channel went under the umbrella of The Walt Disney Company in early 1996.

A clash between TWC and Disney in April 2000 concluded in the channel 13 being removed form Houston Service area for 24 hours. The dispute also affected the ABC assets in Los Angeles, Raleigh-Durham and New York City. It is only major network station that operates from its legacy studios (Loop 610) in Huston. All the others including KPRC, KRIV and KHOU have constructed their newer facilities. The channel dropped its analog transmitters and signed up on digital transmission on June 12, 2009.

Programming

Syndicated programs produced by the channel include The Oprah Winfrey Show, Wipeout, Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy, Inside Edition, Tamron Hall, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire and Castle. Sports Coverage for Houston Texans games is also offered since 2002 when the franchise was formed. It presently broadcasts 45 hours of local news-bulletins with 7 hours, 5 min on weekdays, 5 hours on Sat and 4.5 hours on Sun. The current notable personalities of KTRK include Ilona Carson, Art Rascon, Gina Gatson and Jessica Willey. Here is the website: http://abc13.com/