KNXT, virtual 49 and UHF digital channel 50, is a religious independent television station located in Fresno, California, United States. The station is owned by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Fresno. KNXT maintains studio facilities located on North Fresno Street (just north of downtown Fresno), and its transmitter is located on Blue Ridge in rural northwestern Tulare County.
The station first signed on the air on November 2, 1986; prior to the station's sign-on, the KNXT call letters were previously used downstate on the CBS owned-and-operated station on VHF channel 2 in Los Angeles from 1951 to 1984, when it adopted its current KCBS-TV calls.
Programming seen on KNXT is mainly of a Roman Catholic religious orient, with some shows being sourced from the Eternal Word Television Network; however, KNXT is somewhat less conservative doctrinally (but firmly in line with Catholic Church teachings). The station's programming consists of a mix of local daily and Sunday Mass, talk shows, music and variety programs, the Rosary, children's programs, and Catholic-targeted movies.
KNXT also carries a handful of Protestant produced programs that do not get into doctrinal issues (including children's shows), as well as some limited secular programming. The station's programming is simulcast on translator station KNXT-LP (channel 38) in Bakersfield. KNXT-LP was acquired by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Fresno from Cocola Broadcasting on November 2, 2007, to serve as a repeater of KNXT.
KNXT is the only full-power, 24-hour Catholic-owned broadcast station in the United States that is not a member station of PBS, although many other Roman Catholic dioceses around the nation provide such programming to cable or closed-circuit television systems (although other television stations, including WWL-TV in New Orleans, KDTU (now KTTU) in Tucson, Arizona, WETG (now WFXP) in Erie, Pennsylvania, WBAY-TV in Green Bay, Wisconsin, WNDU-TV in South Bend, Indiana, WTXX (now WCCT-TV) in Hartford, Connecticut, and WIHS-TV (now WSBK-TV) in Boston, have been owned by Catholic interests, all seven stations were commercial, primarily secular stations with limited Catholic programming).
The station's digital channel is multiplexed:
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|49.1||480i||4:3||Main KNXT programming|
KNXT shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 49, 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 remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 50. Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 49.