KRGV-TV is the local ABC affiliate television station for the Rio Grande Valley in far south Texas (Brownsville, Harlingen, McAllen and South Padre Island). It is licensed to Weslaco, Texas, with studios located on East Expressway (I-2/US 83) in Weslaco and transmitter in Santa Maria, Texas. It is owned by the Manship family of Baton Rouge, Louisiana through Mobile Video Tapes, Incorporated which often does business as KRGV-TV Corporation. KRGV is available as digital channel 5 and high definition channel 875 on Time Warner Cable. KRGV is also available on channel 5 in both standard definition and high definition on DirecTV and Dish Network
KRGV signed on in 1954 as a primary NBC affiliate, sharing ABC programming with KGBT-TV. The current owners, the Manship family, acquired the station in 1964. It became a sole ABC affiliate in 1976; NBC didn't return to the Rio Grande full-time until KVEO signed on in 1981. In 1995, KRGV added a secondary affiliation with UPN (it had carried the first season of the network's Star Trek: Voyager on a standalone basis before signing as a formal secondary affiliate that June); the following year, UPN programming moved to KVEO, also on a secondary basis.
KRGV was the first station in the Rio Grande Valley to transmit an HD signal on VHF channel 13. And on September 9, 2009 Newschannel 5 began broadcasting in HD. Also with the switch was a new branding "Channel 5 News."
KRGV has the highest rated television news organizations in the area winning numerous regional and state wide Emmys. Most recently, the station has been the highest-rated station in the Rio Grande Valley for most of the time since the 1950s.
Preemptions and delays
For many years, KRGV has chosen to air a mixture of syndicated programing and network programing during the weeknight late night programming blocks following their 10 P.M. newscast. Married... with Children has consistently aired at 10:30 following the newscast since it first began airing in syndication, while the rest of the late night schedule has shifted around through the years causing the ABC program Nightline to air as late as an hour and a half after its network slot and Jimmy Kimmel Live! as many as two hours after its network slot in some years. Both Nightline and Jimmy Kimmel Live! air back to back as they do across many affiliates, but are tape-delayed 30 minutes in favor of a newly created Channel 5 News at 10:30 broadcast. Because of the delay, both Nightline and Kimmel were broadcast in standard definition because KRGV did not yet have the capability to record the two programs in HD for later rebroadcast. This all changed in 2009, when KRGV began recording network and syndicated programming in HD, enabling both Nightline and Kimmel to be seen in HD.
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The KRGV subchannels can be picked up on basic cable by connecting the cable directly into an HDTV with a built-in QAM tuner, though sub-channel 5.4 are not available via QAM.
KRGV's broadcasts became digital-only, effective June 12, 2009.
On August 24, 2009, KRGV extended Its 10 p.m. newscast by 30 minutes, ending at 11 p.m. This made the station one of the few in the nation to have a 10:30 p.m. newscast. KRGV is now one of six ABC affiliates to have hour-long 10 p.m. newscasts, along with KOAT-TV in Albuquerque, New Mexico, KITV in Honolulu, Hawaii, WISN in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, WEAR in Pensacola, Florida and KSTP in Minneapolis–Saint Paul, Minnesota.
On September 9, 2009, KRGV began broadcasting in high definition. Along with the switch was a new HD set, graphics from Giant Octopus, and name change. NewsChannel 5 is now known as Channel 5 News. KRGV had been running promotions on the change to HD. KRGV also changed its logo now showing just "5" on a blue background instead of the NewsChannel 5 logo it previously had. In September 2010, KRGV became a fully powered high definition television station. KRGV started shooting and editing in brand new state of the art HD Cameras and HD editing suites making KRGV the premiere High Definition News Leader.
In September 2010, KRGV began expanded Channel 5 News This Morning by a half hour, pushing the start time back another 30 minutes to 4:30 a.m. The newscast is broadcast live in the newsroom.
On April 2, 2011, KRGV expanded their morning newscast now being available on Saturday Mornings at 8 a.m. and Sunday Mornings at 9 a.m. On April 1st, 2011, it was revealed to viewers of the new additions. Also revealed was a new set and a new weather center that was rumored to be under construction during the month of March. A new 4 p.m and 6:30 p.m newscast began airing September 12th 2011.
On October 24, 2012, KRGV redesigned its website and logo, eliminating the "KRGV" ribbon underneath the logo and integrated the ABC logo in its full form.