KBNT-CD, virtual channel 17 (UHF digital channel 25), is a Univision-affiliated television station located in San Diego, California, United States. The station is owned by the Entravision Communications Corporation, and is a sister station to MyNetworkTV affiliate XHDTV-TV (channel 49), UniMás affiliate KDTF-LD (channel 51) and Telemundo affiliate XHAS-TV (channel 33). All four stations share studio facilities located on Ruffin Road in San Diego's Kearny Mesa section; KBNT-CD maintains transmitter facilities located on Mount Soledad in La Jolla.
Founded on February 14, 1989, the station first signed on the air in 1992 as K17DI, broadcasting on UHF channel 19. Its transmitter facilities were originally based on Palomar Mountain, some 45 miles (72 km) north of the center of San Diego. The station's original facilities were located in San Diego's Mira Mesa neighborhood. At that time, San Diegans could receive the station only through cable television, because its weak broadcast signal could not reach the city proper. Eventually, the station increased its transmitting power, effectively boosting its signal; while still not reaching San Diego proper, it could be picked up in Escondido, San Marcos, Vista and Fallbrook.
In 1994, K17DI reached an agreement with NBC affiliate KNSD (channel 39, now an owned-and-operated station) to retransmit its programs on KNSD-LP (channel 62) in La Jolla, and some years later on channel 17 in National City, allowing the signal to reach San Diego, National City and Chula Vista.
The original signal on UHF channel 19 went off the air (the allocation is now used by the digital signal for Fox affiliate KSWB-TV (channel 69)), retaining the signal on channel 17, and adding another secondary repeater, KHAX-LP (channel 49), in northern San Diego County. The channel 62 signal, KNSD-LP, has since left the air; it is unknown when KNSD-LP ceased operations. That signal was leased to Entravision by KNSD owners Station Venture Operations, L.P. (operated as a joint venture between NBCUniversal and LIN Media until LIN dropped out of the venture in February 2013).
In the fall of 2008, KBNT-CD expanded again to a three-repeater operation, when KTCD-LP switched from being a repeater of Telemundo-affiliated sister station XHAS-TV (channel 33) to being a repeater of KBNT.
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|17.1||1080i||16:9||UniHD||Main KBNT-CD programming / Univision|
KBNT-CD presently broadcasts five hours of local newscasts each week (with one hour on weekdays); the station does not produce newscasts on Saturdays and Sundays. In addition, the station produces the public affairs program Perspectiva Nacional on Sundays at 6:00 p.m. While the station's half-hour newscasts at 6:00 and 11:00 p.m. compete with the local newscasts on Telemundo-affiliated sister station XHAS-TV seen in the same timeslotes, as the two stations share studio facilities in Entravision's building, KBNT-CD focuses more of its news content on San Diego, while XHAS focuses its newscasts more on issues affecting Tijuana (competing against locally-programmed XEWT-TDT (channel 12)).
Current on-air staff
- Carlos Gonzales - weeknights at 6:00 and 11:00 p.m.
- Claudia Rodriguez - weeknights at 6:00 and 11:00 p.m.
- Elías Awad - general assignment reporter
- Yaoska Machado - general assignment reporter
- Marco Serrano - general assignment reporter