Fox 40 or KTXL is a local TV from Sacramento. The channel first aired in 1968. The station is owned by the Tribune.
KTXL, virtual channel 40 (UHF digital channel 22), is a Fox-affiliated television station licensed to Sacramento, California, United States. The station is owned by Nexstar Media Group. KTXL’s studios are located on Fruitridge Road on the southern side of Sacramento, and its transmitter is located in Walnut Grove, California.
KTXL presently broadcasts 51½ hours of locally produced newscasts each week (with 9½ hours each weekday and two hours each on Saturdays and Sundays); the station does not broadcast any local newscasts on weekend mornings.
In 1974, KTXL became the first station in the Sacramento market to carry a prime time newscast, titled The Ten O’Clock News. Originally airing only five days a week, before later expanding to a nightly newscast; the program’s original anchor team consisted of news anchor Dave Preston, weather and news anchor Jan Jeffries, and sports anchor Ken Gimblin. After Preston left for unknown reasons, Jeffries was named primary anchor with weather anchors substituting. Other news and sports anchors continued the format until 1979, when the newscast was revived by Pete Wilson as NewsPlus, in a format that went beyond regular newscasts (hence the “Plus” in the show’s title). Such anchor teams as Andy Asher and Regina Cambell, and later Lauraine Woodward and Ted Mullins helmed the now hour-long newscast until KTXL joined Fox in 1986, and evolved into the current format of what is now Fox 40 News at 10.
KTXL’s main newscast competition at 10:00 p.m. includes a newscast on CBS-owned KOVR (which airs one hour earlier than the late newscasts on other “Big Three” stations) and a KCRA-produced news program on KQCA. Channel 40 ranks #1 in the ratings among the 18–49 adult demographic, and often comes in first or second in overall viewership at 10 p.m. In the summer of 2005, KTXL debuted a weekday morning newscast, which originally ran for two hours from 6 to 8 a.m., and primarily competes opposite KMAX’s Good Day Sacramento and the first hour of KQCA’s morning newscast. On September 8, 2008, the newscast was reformatted to Fox 40 Live and was expanded to 4½ hours from 4:30 to 9 a.m. The station hired well-known former Sacramento morning radio personality Paul Robins as anchor, and introduced a new news set adorned with flat-screens and an accompanying kitchen set.
On September 14, 2009, KTXL debuted both a midday newscast at 11:00 a.m. weekdays (which competes against KXTV’s midday newscast in that time period) and an early evening newscast at 5:30 p.m. on weeknights to its schedule; this was later followed by the addition of a half-hour 6 p.m. newscast in September 2012. For over a decade, Fox (which has no network newscasts aside from Fox News Sunday) has motivated its affiliates and stations to increase local news programming; KTXL and Tribune’s other Fox stations did not follow this request until September 2009, when most of the stations (except for KCPQ in Seattle, which would not add early evening newscasts for another year) expanded their newscasts into midday and early evening timeslots.
On January 7, 2010, beginning with its 10:00 p.m. newscast, KTXL became the fourth station in the Sacramento market to begin broadcasting its local newscasts in high definition. It was the first (and presently, the only) television station in the market to provide news video from the field in true high definition, as KTXL upgraded its ENG vehicles, satellite truck, studio and field cameras and other equipment in order to broadcast news footage from the field in high definition, in addition to segments broadcast from the main studio. This is in contrast to KCRA and KXTV, both of whom broadcast their field reports in widescreen standard definition (KOVR also shoots field reports in high definition but downconverts much of the footage to widescreen standard definition). On November 4, 2013, KTXL expanded its weekday evening news block to 90 minutes with the addition of a half-hour 5 p.m. newscast. Another expansion was made on September 18, 2017, with the addition of a half-hour 6:30 p.m. newscast. This newscast competes with a long-established newscast on KCRA and a KOVR-produced newscast on KMAX-TV. On December 4, 2019, KTXL debuted hour-long 7 p.m. newscast on weekdays, becoming the first and only 7 p.m. newscast in the Sacramento media market.