call_letters = KTXH
station_branding = My20
analog = 20 (UHF)
digital = 19 (UHF)
November 7, 1982
callsign_meaning = TeXas Houston
Fox Television Stations
licensee = Fox Television Stations, Inc.
former_affiliations = Independent (1982-1995)
effective_radiated_power = 5000 kW (analog)
421 kW (digital)
HAAT = 580 m (analog)
596 m (digital)
facility_id = 51569
coordinates = coord|29|33|45.1|N|95|30|35.8|W|type:landmark_scale:2000
KTXH, channel 20, is a
MyNetworkTV-affiliated television station in Houston, Texas. It is owned by the Fox Television Stations, a division of the News Corporation, and is one-half of a duopoly with Fox network station KRIV (channel 26).
Along with programming from MyNetworkTV, the station also airs cartoons, sitcoms, first run syndicated talk/reality shows, and some paid programming. Although the station does not carry a regular newscast, it will pre-empt its programming for news coverage from either KRIV or the
Fox News Channel(both owned by Fox) when situations warrant. Fact|date=May 2007
KTXH began broadcasting on
November 7 1982, using the on-air branding tagline "20 Vision." Channel 20 became the third independent station in Houston, after KRIV (then owned by Metromedia), and Gaylord Broadcasting's KHTV (channel 39, later KHWB and KHCW and now KIAH). It was also the second station in Texas owned by a group headed by television station enterpreneur Milton Grant. The group launched a similarly-formatted station, KTXAin Fort Worth, in January 1981. It programmed a general entertainment format consisting of cartoons, vintage off-network sitcoms and dramas, old movies, westerns, and sports.
The fledgling station was broadcasting from a tower under construction that collapsed in 1982, killing five workers. It was eventually replaced by the
Senior Road Tower.
Grant Broadcasting sold both KTXH and KTXA to Gulf Broadcasting in 1984. Several weeks later, Gulf sold its television broadcasting division to
Taft Broadcasting. Even after going through three owners within the same year, the station did not change its programming format.
For many years, KTXH was the over-the-air broadcast rights holder for both the
Houston Astrosbaseball team and the NBA's Houston Rockets. Hannah Storm, later a noted national broadcast personality, anchored the station's coverage of the Rockets in the mid-1980s. In 2008, KTXH has once again own the rights to air Houston Astros games. They will broadcast 20 games for the 2008 season.
Taft sold its group of independent and Fox-affiliated stations, including KTXH and KTXA, to the
TVX Broadcast Groupin February 1987. Two years later, Paramount Picturespurchased a minority ownership in TVX, which suffered from financial problems after the Taft purchase. Paramount bought out the remainder of TVX's shares in 1991. Under Paramount, the station added several first run syndicated shows in the mid-1990s and rebranded to "Paramount 20". With the owner's ownership stake, the station eventually became an owned and operated station of the United Paramount Network at the network's launch on January 16 1995.
KTXH was purchased by
Fox Television Stationsin 2001, as part of a station trade which saw Viacom exchanging KTXH and WDCA-TV in Washington, D.C.in exchange for KBHK-TV (now KBCW-TV) in San Francisco. The transaction established the first television duopoly in Houston with KRIV and KTXH. Channel 20 also relocated its broadcasting facilities from the original studios on Kirby Drive near present-day Reliant Parkto KRIV's studios.
From UPN to MyNetworkTV
January 24 2006, the UPN and WB networks announced that they would merge into a new network called the CW. KHCW, owned by Tribune Broadcasting, was announced as the CW's Houston station. Almost immediately, KTXH dropped the UPN branding from its station branding, and revamped its logo to just feature the boxed "20", and also announced that they would no longer promote any UPN programming. Additionally, the station began referring to itself in promos as "Houston's 20". Similar changes were also made to Fox's other UPN affiliates, as the CW network list consisted of both stations owned by Tribune and stations owned by CBS. News Corporation also chose not to affiliate stations with the CW in markets where neither Tribune nor CBS (excluding CBS owned-and-operated stations) owned a station.
In June 2006, Channel 20 began the transition to its new network by rebranding as "My20". The transition was complete when MyNetworkTV began operations on
September 5 2006. KTXH and its sister stations did not carry the final two weeks of UPN programming, which explained UPN's low-key sign-off. Occasionally as time permits, KTXH may now air Fox network programming whenever KRIV cannot in the event of an emergency. Fact|date=May 2007
There were, for a period of time, rumors that KTXH would get a new website at www.my20.com, because the site showed the same thing
KRIV's website showed before opening. This rumor turned out to be false, since this website is now obviously not KTXH's.
* [http://www.mynetworktv.com/ MyNetworkTV]
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