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KNWS-TV logo.png
Greater Houston
City of license Katy, Texas
Branding TV51
Channel Digital: 47 (UHF)
Subchannels 51.1 Independent
51.2 Retro Television Network (coming soon)
Affiliations independent
Owner Johnson Broadcasting, Inc.
(sale to Una Vez Más Holdings, LLC approved)
First air date November 3, 1993
Callsign meaning NeWS (former all-news format)
Former channels Analog:
51 (UHF, 1993-2009)
Digital: 52 (UHF, ?-2009)
Effective power 1000 kW
Height 597.1 m
Facility ID 31870
Antenna coordinates 29°34′15″N 95°30′37″W / 29.57083°N 95.51028°W / 29.57083; -95.51028

KNWS-TV (digital channel 47, virtual channel 51) is an independent television station licensed to Katy, Texas, and with studios in Houston, Texas, serving Houston metropolitan area. KNWS is owned by Johnson Broadcasting and is not currently affiliated with any broadcast network.



The station began broadcasting full-power in 1993, which was also the same year it introduced its live news format. This format featured special segments, and pre-recorded newscasts looped then updated throughout the day. Throughout 1995 the station simulcast live coverage of the OJ Simpson Trial from KTLA-TV in Los Angeles.

In 1998, the station broadcast syndicated programming, sports telecasts including Houston Astros baseball (many of the games were also simulcasted on sister station KLDT-TV in Lake Dallas, Texas), and occasional movies. It has since maintained local news updates, using the remains of the station's old newsroom.

Some NBC shows that KPRC-TV declined to air have also aired on KNWS. One was the NBC daytime talk show, Leeza, which aired briefly in 1998. The other was the soap opera, Passions, which also had a brief airing on KNWS in 2001. In 1996, KNWS carried NBC Sports coverage of Notre Dame football home games as well as the Breeders' Cup. In 2000, KNWS carried game 6 of the 2000 American League Championship Series.

KNWS currently airs various re-run entertainment programs. It was also the broadcast home for the Houston Astros but in 2008, Astros telecasts have since moved to KTXH.

During the non-stop coverage of Hurricane Rita by Houston's news channels, KNWS showed CBS's network broadcasts, on behalf of its local affiliate, KHOU, which replaced them on their own station with special coverage of the storm. KNWS repeated this pattern during Hurricane Ike.

In early May 2009, KNWS has announced that they are adding the Retro Television Network to its digital subchannel.[1]

In October 2009, it was announced that Johnson Broadcasting, which filed for bankruptcy in October 2008, may be forced to sell KNWS and KLDT to Una Vez Más Holdings, LLC.[2] The sale to Una Vez Más was approved by the bankruptcy court on December 29, 2009.[3] The fate of the current TV format is uncertain at his time, however it is likely that it'll become an Azteca America affiliate due to its strong signal.

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