KLEW-TV, virtual channel 3 and digital channel 32, is the CBStelevision affiliate in Lewiston, Idaho. It serves north-central Idaho and southeastern Washington, including nearby Pullman, as well as Wallowa County, Oregon. While it is located in the Spokane television market, it is a semi-satellite of KIMA-TV in Yakima and KEPR-TV in Tri-Cities, Washington. However, it identifies as a station in its own right, airing separate commercials and a separate newscast. The station is owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group. The station's studios are located on 17th Street in Lewiston, and its transmitter is located near Clarkston, Washington. KLEW is broadcast alongside KREM-TV on Dish Network and DirecTV through the entire Spokane television market.
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KLEW-TV signed on the air December 7, 1955 under the ownership of Cascade Broadcasting. It has always been a CBS affiliate; however, as a satellite of KIMA-TV, it also carried some programming from ABC and NBC in its early years. The station's original studio facilities were located on Idaho Street in Lewiston.
Filmways agreed to purchase Cascade Broadcasting for $3 million in 1968; the sale was approved the following year. Filmways sold KLEW-TV, KIMA-TV, and KEPR-TV to NWG Broadcasting for $1 million in 1972. In 1977, KLEW moved from its original studios on Idaho Street to its current location on 17th Street.
Retlaw Enterprises acquired the NWG stations, including KLEW-TV, for $17 million in 1986; the stations were operated as part of the Retlaw Broadcasting division. Fisher Companies (later known as Fisher Communications) agreed to purchase the Retlaw stations for $215 million on November 19, 1998, a deal that was completed in July 1999. On April 11, 2013, Fisher announced that it would sell its properties to the Sinclair Broadcast Group; the deal was completed on August 8, 2013.
KLEW-TV airs local newscasts weeknights at 5:00, 6:00 and 11:00 p.m., local news cut-ins during the weekday edition of CBS This Morning from 7:00 to 9:00 a.m., that includes a short 5-minute interview segment called Northwest Morning, and simulcasts sister station KIMA-TV's 5:00 and 6:30 a.m. newscasts, as KLEW does not have morning, midday or weekend newscasts.