KLFY-TV, channel 10, is the CBS-affiliated television station in Lafayette, Louisiana broadcasting on TV channel 10 (virtual channel 10.1). Its transmitter is located north of Rayne, Louisiana. Its original 1800 foot tower was located just north of Crowley, Louisiana near the small town of Maxie. The original tower was shortened to 1100 feet in the late 2000s due to mechanical issues. The station is owned by Media General and is the oldest television station in the Lafayette area.
The station is also carried on Cable and Satellite providers for the Lake Charles metro area and Southwest Louisiana, since that region does not have a CBS affiliate of its own and over-the-air in most of the Baton Rouge and Alexandria viewing areas. Until mid-2015, KLFY was carried on Suddenlink Cable in Alexandria concurrently with CBS affiliate KALB-DT2.
The station signed on June 3, 1955. Owned by Camellia Broadcasting at the time, it was intended to share time on channel 10 with KVOL-TV, owned at the time by the Morgan Murphy Stations along with KVOL, KVOL-FM (96.1, off-air and moved to Lake Charles by 1976), and the Daily Advertiser (KVOL never made it on the air). Its original studio facilities were located on Jefferson Street in downtown Lafayette. It has always been a CBS affiliate, though it aired some ABC programming until KATC signed on in 1962. During the late 1950s, the station was also briefly affiliated with the NTA Film Network. The station currently operates out of newer, larger purpose-built studio facilities on Eraste Landry Road, on the city's south side.
In January 2012, KLFY became the first news affiliate in the region to broadcast its newscasts in full 1080i HD. KLFY-TV broadcasts to and gathers news the South Central Louisiana area, a region known as "Acadiana." This includes the Parishes (Counties) of Lafayette, Saint Martin, Saint Landry, Evangeline, Acadia, Vermilion, Iberia, Saint Mary, and Jefferson Davis. Many of the station's branding campaigns and slogans use the moniker "Acadiana."
Young Broadcasting acquired the station from Texoma Broadcasters, who had owned the station for twenty-three years, in 1988. Young, and KLFY with it, was sold to Media General in 2013. This marked Media General's return to Louisiana after selling Alexandria NBC affiliate KALB to Hoak Media in 2008.
After an aborted merger plan with Meredith Corporation, Media General announced on January 27, 2016 that it was being acquired by Nexstar Broadcasting Group with the new company named "Nexstar Media Group". As Nexstar already owns KADN-TV and since the Lafayette market is too small to allow duopolies in any case, in order to comply with FCC ownership rules as well as planned changes to rules regarding same-market television stations which would prohibit future joint sales agreements, the company will be required to sell either KLFY or KADN to another company. NBC affiliate KLAF-LD, KADN-TV's sister station, is the only station involved in the deal that can be legally acquired, since FCC rules allow for common ownership of full-power and low-power television stations, regardless of the number of stations in a market. However, four months later, Nexstar agreed to sell KADN and KLAF-LD, allowing it to retain KLFY.
The station's digital channel is multiplexed:
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|10.1||1080i||16:9||KLFY-HD||Main KLFY-TV programming / CBS|
KLFY-TV shut down its analog signal, over VHF channel 10, on June 12, 2009, the official date in which full-power television stations in the United States transitioned from analog to digital broadcasts under federal mandate. The station's digital signal relocated from its pre-transition UHF channel 56, which was among the high band UHF channels (52-69) that were removed from broadcasting use as a result of the transition, to its former analog-era VHF channel 10. In June 2012 Young Broadcasting signed on the Live Well Network to its stations including KLFY. On May 29, 2015 the Live Well Network was pulled off the air on all Media General Stations (including the former Young ones). Media General launched Ion November 11, 2015 on KLFY as part of a deal on their stations where there was no stand alone Ion channel in those markets. On November 16, 2015 KLFY began running a signal test on 10.2 (formerly Live Well Network) with GetTV launching as the subchannel replacing the defunct Live Well Network. According to an article on TV Newscheck's website, Media General signed an agreement to launch GetTV on 20 of its stations, including KLFY beginning February 1, 2016.
KLFY is well known in the market for its local morning show, Passe Partout, and its noon show, Meet Your Neighbor. Both reflect the station's commitment to local coverage; Passe Partout comes from the French word for "all-purpose." Both have been on the air for over 50 years, and are among the longest-running programs of their kind in the country. The two programs are typically accompanied by paid live remotes promoting local car dealers, furniture stores and other commercial businesses. KLFY's weather department utilizes the "Live Doppler 10 Stormtracker" title for live up to date weather forecasts and branding. Weather coverage is featured prominently throughout station branding promotions.
On December 28, 2011, KLFY became the first television station in the Lafayette market to begin broadcasting its local newscasts in high definition. In May 2013, the Eyewitness News name was dropped for Acadiana's Multi-Media News; it has since been replaced by simply KLFY News 10.