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For the North Korean television channel, see Korean Central Television.

KCTV, channel 5, is the CBS-affiliated television station for the Kansas City Metropolitan Area that is licensed to the Missouri side. Owned by the Meredith Corporation, the station is sister to MyNetworkTV affiliate KSMO-TV (channel 62) and the two share facilities on Shawnee Mission Parkway (a.k.a. U.S. 56 / U.S. 169) in Fairway, Kansas.

It broadcasts a high definition digital signal on UHF channel 24, which maps to virtual channel 5 via PSIP, from a transmitter at the studios of PBS member station KCPT (channel 19) on East 31st Street in the Union Hill section of Kansas City, Missouri. On cable, KCTV can be seen in standard definition on channel 3 on Time Warner Cable and Surewest, and in high definition on digital channel 1451 on Time Warner and digital channel 620 on Surewest.


The station debuted on September 27, 1953 as KCMO-TV (for Kansas City, MissOuri). The station was owned by the KCMO Broadcasting Corporation along with KCMO-AM (then at 810 kHz now at 710 kHz). It was originally an ABC affiliate with DuMont programming. A week after its launch, Meredith Broadcasting bought KCMO-AM-TV and this merger was completed less than two months later.Chillicothe Constitution, October 3, 1953 In 1955, it took the CBS affiliation from KMBC-TV (channel 9). Its call letters were changed to the current KCTV in 1983 when Meredith sold off KCMO-AM-FM. At the...
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