Sioux City, Iowa
United States
Branding KTIV 4 (general)
News 4 (newscasts)
Slogan Siouxland's News Channel
Channels Digital: 41 (UHF)
(to move to 14 (UHF))
Virtual: 4 (PSIP)
Subchannels 4.1 NBC
4.2 CW
4.3 MeTV
Translators K24JG-D Norfolk NE
Affiliations NBC (secondary through 1967)
Owner Quincy Media
(KTIV License, LLC)
First air date October 10, 1954 (1954-10-10)
Call letters' meaning Television
IV (Roman numeral 4)
Former channel number(s) Analog:
4 (VHF, 1954-2009)
Former affiliations All secondary:
ABC (1954–1965)
NTA (1956–1961)
CBS (1965–1967)
The WB (until 2006)
Transmitter power 873 kW
Height 609 m (1,998 ft)
Class DT
Facility ID 66170
Transmitter coordinates 42°35′11.8″N 96°13′19.7″W / 42.586611°N 96.222139°W / 42.586611; -96.222139
Licensing authority FCC
Public license information: Profile
Website www.ktiv.com

KTIV is an NBC-affiliated television station licensed to Sioux City, Iowa, United States. It broadcasts a high-definition digital signal on UHF channel 41 (or virtual channel 4 via PSIP) from a transmitter near Hinton, Iowa. Owned by Quincy Media, KTIV maintains studio facilities on Signal Hill Drive in Sioux City.

KTIV also carries The CW, which replaced The WB network in September 2006, on its 4.2 digital subchannel, and on June 6, 2013, the station launched a third digital subchannel on 4.3, identifying locally as MeTV Siouxland.


After overcoming some construction obstacles, including having to raise the microwave tower height twice to avoid interference with a tree which blocked the microwave signal, KTIV made its broadcasting debut on October 10, 1954. That first broadcast evening included four NBC shows: People Are Funny at 6 p.m.; The Liebman Spectacular from 6:30-8 p.m.; The Television Playhouse from 8-9 p.m.; and The Loretta Young Show from 9-9:30 p.m.[1]

The station has always been an NBC affiliate, but it shared ABC programming with KVTV/KCAU-TV until September 2, 1967, when KCAU switched its primary affiliation to ABC. During the late 1950s, the station was also briefly affiliated with the NTA Film Network.[2]

For many years, the station was co-owned with the Sioux City Journal. Quincy Newspapers bought KTIV in 1989.

In June 2011, KTIV's newscasts began to be broadcast in high definition. It was the second station in the Sioux City market (after KCAU) to begin broadcasting news in HD, and the last station in the market to begin using a widescreen format for local news.

Former NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw and former KNBC anchor Paul Moyer began their television careers at KTIV.[3][4]

Digital television

Digital channels

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[5]
4.11080i16:9KTIV-DTMain KTIV programming / NBC
4.2720pKTIV-CWSiouxland CW

Analog-to-digital conversion

KTIV shut down its analog signal, over VHF channel 4, at 1:30 p.m. on February 17, 2009, to conclude the federally mandated transition from analog to digital television.[6][7] The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 41, using PSIP to display KTIV's virtual channel as 4 on digital television receivers.

Notable current on-air staff

Notable former on-air staff


KTIV's signal is re-broadcast over this following translator:[8]

KTIV formerly re-broadcast over these translators:


  1. KTIV History, KTIV website, archived from the original April 21, 2006; original page has since been deleted.
  2. "Require Prime Evening Time for NTA Films", Boxoffice: 13, November 10, 1956
  3. Schneider, Michael (April 1, 2009). "KNBC's Paul Moyer set to retire". Variety. Retrieved March 26, 2014.
  4. Wishart, David J. (2004). Encyclopedia of the Great Plains. University of Nebraska Press. p. 507. ISBN 9780803247871.
  5. RabbitEars TV Query for KTIV
  6. Today is the day for digital TV switch, Dave Dreeszen, Sioux City Journal, February 17, 2009
  7. List of Digital Full-Power Stations Archived 2013-08-29 at the Wayback Machine.
  8. REC Broadcast Query, retrieved July 25, 2006.
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