KNIC-CA, is a low-power Class A television station in San Antonio, Texas, licensed to operate in analog on UHF channel 17, but silent since late September 2006, when it shut off to make way for full-service station KNIC-TV, which signed on channel 17 in early October 2006. KNIC-CA is owned by Univision under licensee Telefutura Partnership of San Antonio, and has applied to the FCC to move its operations to UHF channel 34. been granted Special Temporary Authorization (STA) to move its operations to UHF channel 34.
Univision had been an applicant since 2000 for a full-service television station on UHF channel 52 in Blanco, and after winning the auction to build the station, they requested that the FCC change the allocation from channel 52 to channel 17. The FCC granted the request, to be effective February 2003 In their formal application to build the full-service station, to be called KNIC-TV, Univision declared their intent to either move KNIC-CA to another channel, or to shut it down altogether (p. 4). In September 2006, with KNIC-TV about to go on-the-air, Univision requested an STA to move KNIC-CA to channel 34. The FCC granted the STA, and KNIC-CA channel 17 went silent on September 28, 2006.
In moving to channel 34, KNIC-CA disrupted plans for digital operations for three other local television stations: KMHZ-LP, KVDF-CA and KEVI-LP. The stations had competing applications to build a low-power digital television facilities on channel 34, but Class A displacements have priority over other low-power applications not caused by displacement (paragraph (a)(4)(iii)). A displacement occurs when a higher-priority station forces a lower-priority station to change its broadcast channel. Full-service KNIC-TV had priority over Class A low-power KNIC-CA, so KNIC-CA was displaced.
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