KTVN, virtual channel 2, is the CBS–affiliated television station for Western Nevada's Truckee Meadows licensed to Reno. It broadcasts a high definition digital signal on VHF channel 13 (virtual channel 2.1 via PSIP) from a transmitter facility shared with KRNV-DT on Slide Mountain between SR 431 and I-580 / US 395 / US 395 ALT in Washoe County. The station can also be seen on Charter channel 2 and in high definition on digital channel 782. KTVN is owned and operated by Sarkes Tarzian, Inc. KTVN studios are based at 4925 Energy Way in Reno.

History

KTVN signed on the air on June 4, 1967, originally as an ABC affiliate, but took over CBS affiliation in 1972, after disputes between the CBS network and its affiliate at the time, KOLO-TV. It also formerly operated a satellite station, KEKO-TV Channel 10 in Elko (that frequency was currently used by NBC affiliate KENV).

Digital television

Digital channels

ChannelVideoAspectPSIP Short NameProgramming[2]
2.11080i16:9KTVN-DTMain KTVN programming / CBS
2.2480i4:3KTVN-2Antenna TV

Analog-to-digital conversion

KTVN shut down its analog signal, over VHF channel 2, 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 VHF channel 13.[3] Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former VHF analog channel 2.

Programming

Outside of the CBS network schedule, syndicated programming on KTVN includes The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, and Inside Edition, among others.

News operation

KTVN is the only station to not have a noon and 4:00 p.m. newscast. As a result, KTVN airs CBS Evening News at 6:00 p.m. KOLO-TV also airs the national newscast at 6:00 p.m. KRNV-DT is the only station to air the national newscast at 5:30 p.m. Other newscasts include a two and a half hour long Channel 2 News This Morning that runs from 4:30 a.m. to 7:00 a.m. and Channel 2 News at 5:00, 5:30, 6:30 and 11:00 p.m. KOLO-TV began competing with KTVN on the 4:30 a.m. newscast debut on October 13, 2014.

Notable former on-air staff