CBS13-white.png kovrstudiofixed.JPGThe station's West Sacramento studio.

Television Channels
VHF 13, Cable 13, Digital 25
On-Air Name
CBS 13
2713 KOVR Drive
West Sacramento, CA 95605-1600
N 38° 14' 24.00", W 121° 30' 3.00"
Just northeast of Walnut Grove
Transmitter Power
KOVR-TV (Analog): 316 kW ERP
KOVR-DT (Digital): 760 kW ERP
Parent Company
[WWW]CBS Television Stations
Administration - (916) 374-1313
Newsroom - (916) 921-3019
Fax - (916) 643-4809
Stockton Bureau - (209) 466-6985

A local television station that is affiliated with the CBS network. Despite KOVR's main studios being in Sacramento, the station is actually licensed by the FCC for main operations in Stockton. KOVR was recently aquired by [WWW]CBS Television Stations Group from Sinclair Broadcast Group (SBG). The purchase was announced in December of 2004, and was finalized on May 2, 2005. A television duopoly for CBS Television was thereby created; they also own CW 31. Both stations are now housed in KOVR's building.

KOVR is one of four TV stations in Sacramento owned and operated by the network with which it's affiliated. (The others are KMAX-TV, KUVS, and KTFK.) All other stations are owned by outside companies (for instance, KCRA and KQCA are owned by Hearst-Argyle and KXTV by Gannett). CBS Television felt that owning a station in "one of the fastest growing markets" would pull off in the end run. This purchase by CBS Television brings in big promise to both KOVR and its sister station KMAX-TV, including two television helicopters in the near future (currently, only KXTV and KCRA have television helicopters).

KOVR is Sacramento's oldest television station. KOVR receives its call letters because it "KOVR-s" (covers) the Sacramento area. KOVR's duopoly with station KMAX-TV is one of three duopolies in California. The other two are Bay Area stations KBCW and KPIX-TV, and Los Angeles stations KCAL-TV and KCBS-TV.

In 1995, KOVR station-swapped with KXTV and became the area's CBS affiliate. It stuck with KXTV's policy of not airing the soap-opera "Guiding Light" due to its poor ratings in the Sacramento area. KOVR also dropped its midnight viewing of "The Jerry Springer Show" following its merger with CBS Television in mid-2005 (Springer can still be seen in the area at 3PM until 2006).

In July 2006, KOVR resurrected it's weekday 4PM newscast. It is currently the only station in the Sacramento market to operate a newscast at 4PM.

SBG is notorious for its conservative lean in the political spectrum. SBG has often been criticized for requiring its local news stations to broadcast a nightly segment called "The Point," in which Mark Hyman from Sinclair's headquarters provides "commentary" on a variety of issues that may be of concern to the country—an often conservative commentary. For a more in-depth coverage of Sinclair and its conservative bias, see the [wikipedia]WikiPedia article.


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2005-05-10 23:11:23   So, what does the FCC do besides enforcing EBS testing, radio licensing, and keeping Janet from flashing America??? —AlphaDog

Considering UPN is owned by CBS, and UPN owns KMAX, wouldn't KMAX — as it is currently — be considered a network O&O television station?

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