KTAL-TV is the NBC television affiliate serving the Shreveport, Louisiana / Texarkana, Arkansas-Texas market. It is licensed to the Texas side of Texarkana, and is the only station in the market licensed outside of Louisiana. Its main studio is located in Shreveport, with a satellite studio in Texarkana. KTAL-TV broadcasts on Channel 6 analog and Channel 15 digital. KTAL is owned by Nexstar Broadcasting. Its transmitter is located in Vivian, Louisiana.
However, in 1960, CBS announced that it was dropping its affiliation with KCMC-TV because the signal of KSLA-TV in Shreveport decently covered Texarkana. This would have forced KCMC-TV to fall back on its secondary affiliation with the then-weak ABC or go independent--neither of which was a viable option for such a small market. By this time, the Palmer properties had been taken over by Palmer's son-in-law, Walter E. Hussman, Sr. (1906-1988) He persuaded the FCC to collapse Texarkana and Shreveport into a single television market. Hussman then built a new tower in Vivian, north of Shreveport -- the second-tallest in the South at the time. In late 1960, the call letters changed to the current KTAL-TV and it became the NBC affiliate for the enlarged Shreveport/Texarkana market. Shreveport's original NBC affiliate, KTBS, switched to ABC. The call letters not only stand for Channel 6's three-state service area, but also refer to the tower, which brought its signal into parts of four states. For many years, the station was known as "K-Tal." In 1961, KTAL moved most of its operations to a new studio in Shreveport; it also maintains an office in Texarkana as well.
In 1975, the FCC ruled that WEHCO couldn't own both KTAL-TV and the Texarkana Gazette, but it won an appellate court decision in 1979 that said the FCC had misinterpreted its own rules. In July 2000, WEHCO sold the station to Nexstar. The station rebranded from "NewsChannel 6" to "KTAL: The News Station" in 2006, dropping its channel number, a practice many stations (mostly Fox or CW stations) uses Today.
KTAL has since returned to CableOne and Cox, after reaching confidential agreements with both companies. Cox in Bossier City has since been replaced by Suddenlink, which still offers KTAL.
Dish exploits Cox's pain.(Dish Network provider EchoStar Communications Corp. offers a local television station which was dropped earlier by Cox Communications Inc.)
Feb 28, 2005; With no end in sight for a bitter retransmission-consent dispute, EchoStar Communications Corp. last week exploited the situation...