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Jacksonville/Tyler/Longview, Texas
Branding KETK 56
Slogan The News Station
Channels Digital: 22 (UHF)
Affiliations 56.1 NBC
56.2 Estrella TV
Owner Communications Corporation of America
(Comcorp of Tyler License Corporation)
First air date March 9, 1987
Call letters’ meaning East Texas
Former channel number(s) Analog:
56 (UHF, 1987-2009)
Transmitter Power 1000 kW
Height 458.8 m
Facility ID 55643
Transmitter Coordinates 32°3′40″N 95°18′50″W / 32.06111°N 95.31389°W / 32.06111; -95.31389

KETK-TV, channel 56, is the NBC television affiliate serving the East Texas viewing area. It is owned by Communications Corporation of America (ComCorp of Tyler). KETK-TV's main offices and studios are located in Tyler at 4300 Richmond Road.

KETK also operates Fox network affiliates KFXK and KFXL-LP, CW affiliate KCEB, and MyNet network affiliate KLPN-LP, through a local marketing agreement with White Knight Broadcasting.

KETK can be seen on the Dish Network and DirecTV networks on channel 56 (local channels) and is also available on Tyler area cable systems, including SuddenLink Communications and Communicom.



Originally, channel 56 was to have the call letters, KTRG, the initials of the original owner and license applicant. Unfortunately, that owner had to file for bankruptcy prior to launching the station. The new buyers put channel 56 on the air with the new call letters KETK, amid a few hurdles. The station started on March 9, 1987, from studios in Jacksonville, Texas, with its tower near Mt. Selman (between Jacksonville and Tyler). KETK moved to its current building in Tyler in 1993.

At one point KETK was owned by the Sinclair Broadcast Group, who acquired the station as part of its purchase of most of the Max Media Properties station group in 1998. In late 2004, Sinclair sold the station to its current owner, ComCorp.

KETK broadcasts more news than any other station in the Tyler-Longview market. Newscasts are broadcast weekdays from 5am-7am, 11am-noon, and at 5pm, 6pm and 10pm, as well as weekends from 8am-9am, and at 5pm and 10pm. It also produces a popular Friday night sports show called Friday Football Fever, featuring East Texas football teams and sports director Danny Elzner.

The channel promotes its weather team as having the "only high-powered live doppler radar" in the market, Doppler 56. While this is debatable, KETK is the only station in the area to have four degreed meteorologists on its weather team, but that still does not help KETK in its ratings. From July 2008 to October 2009, KETK was the solid #2 news product in the East Texas market. KLTV leads the local news ratings by far, with over 70,000 households, while KYTX (CBS19) was a distant #3. However, since November 2009, KETK has been a distant #3 behind both KLTV and KYTX although KETK's ratings are expected to recover after NBC pulled The Jay Leno Show off of prime-time.

Television of East Texas

Television of East Texas is the branding name used for the Communications Corporation of America and White Knight Broadcasting group of stations, in the East Texas market. These stations include:

Station Affiliation
KETK 56 NBC network affiliate
KETK-LP 53 NBC network affiliate
KFXK 51 Fox network affiliate
KFXL 30 Fox network affiliate
KTPN 48/KLPN 58 MyNet network affiliate

Digital television

KETK-TV began operating a full power digital television signal on UHF channel 22 on June 17, 2006. The station began High Definition (HDTV) testing on Friday, September 1, and began broadcasting a full HDTV service in 1080i from NBC on Tuesday, September 5. On September 8, 2006, KETK-DT had launched digital subchannel 22.2 to carry NBC Weather Plus; NBC ceased operating the national Weather Plus feed on December 1, 2008. Since January 1, 2009, KETK has ceased carrying the local version of Weather Plus and will replace the service with Estrella TV later this year.

KETK-DT has been available on SuddenLink Digital Cable channel 222 since February 2006 (in time for the Winter Olympics) and on Longview Cable Television digital channel 248 since February 1, 2008.

KETK's analog channel, 56, was the highest channel allocation of any NBC affiliate. This changed, however, when the high-band UHF channels (52-69) was eliminated during the transition from analog to digital TV on June 12, 2009. There was speculation that between the original DTV transition deadline on February 17, 2009, and the new deadline on June 12, 2009, KETK would change their on-air station and news branding to channel 22, to reflect their digital channel. However, KETK is still using the channel 56 designation.

KETK had planned to shut off its channel 56 analog signal on June 12, 2009. However, in the early hours of March 27, 2009, a failure in the cooling system of the analog transmitter caused the transmitter to fail. Due to the cost and time frame involved to repair the analog transmitter, KETK has filed a Notice of Suspension of Operations and has permanently terminated analog service on channel 56 as of March 27, 2009.

Channel Video Aspect Programming
56.1/22.1 1080i 16:9 KETK-DT - NBC-HD DD5.1
56.2/22.2 480i 4:3 Estrella TV
56.3/22.3 480i 4:3 KETK-NS - Blank

Bankruptcy debacle

In June 2006, KETK owner ComCorp filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Competing station KYTX (CBS19) sparked controversy by publicly announcing the ComCorp bankruptcy on its newscasts, for an entire week. ComCorp said in a press release viewers and staff would see no changes at the station. The company emerged from bankruptcy in late 2007.


In deleted scenes from the 2009 film Brüno, the title character (played by Sacha Baron Cohen) visits the KETK studios and meets with news director Neal Barton and sports director Danny Eizner. They signed releases and expected to be talking about small-town news in the United States. Instead, the interviews conducted by the flamboyant Brüno character drifted towards the topic of homosexuality. The scene culminated with an interview Brüno did with a local white supremacist who threatened to call the police on him when his behavior became too overtly homosexual.

Notable personalities


Current on-air talent

(At May 9, 2009)

Current Anchors

  • Neal Barton - weeknights on "Live at Five" and at 6pm
  • Bob Brackeen - weekday mornings "KETK 56 Today" (5-7am)
  • Abby Eden - weekends at 5 and 10PM
  • Gloria Gallardo - weekday mornings "East Texas Live" (11am-12pm)
  • Charlotte Huffman - weekday mornings "KETK 56 Today" (5-7am)
  • Lindsey Landry - weekend mornings "KETK 56 Today"


  • Dax Dobbs - entertainment critic
  • Tamara Jolee - general assignment reporter
  • Crystal Kobza - general assignment reporter
  • Lindsay Landry - general assignment reporter

SkyWatch Weather Team

  • Scott Chesner - Chief Meteorologist; weeknights at 5,6 and 10pm
  • Katie Green - Meteorologist; weekday mornings and middays
  • Kyle Morris - Meteorologist; weekends

Sports Team

  • Danny Elzner - Sports Director; weeknights at 6 and 10pm (2008 Lone Star Emmy Award Winner)
  • Tamara Jolee - Sports Anchor; weekends at 5 and 10pm (2008 Texas AP Award Winner)

Notable alumni

Other Previous On-Air Talent

  • Ruth Allen
  • Paul Anderson
  • Cindy Bregin
  • Blake Comby
  • Nancy Davis
  • Doc Deason
  • John Gilbert
  • Bryan Houston
  • Jennifer Kielman
  • Jim Knox
  • Chuck McDonald
  • Leslie Roberts
  • Peter Mark
  • Mark Rowlett
  • Debra Weeks

News/station presentation

Newscast titles

Weekday News

  • KETK 56 Today Morning News 5:00-7:00am
  • East Texas Live Noon News 11:00am–12:00pm
  • Live at 5 5:00-5:30pm
  • KETK 56 News at 6 6:00-6:30pm
  • KETK 56 News at 10 10:00-10:30pm

Weekend News

  • KETK 56 Today Weekend News 8:00-9:00am
  • KETK 56 News at 5 Weekend News 5:00-5:30pm
  • KETK 56 News at 10 Weekend News 10:00-10:30pm

News branding

  • TV-56 News (1987-1988)
  • Region 56 News (1988-1999)
  • NBC56 News (2000-2005)
  • KETK 56 News (2005-present)

Station slogans

  • The Most Complete Newscast in East Texas (1988-1992)
  • The Most Watched (1992-1994)
  • Where Local News Comes First (1994-2000)
  • Covering All of East Texas (2001-2005)
  • The News Station (2005-present)
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