St. Louis News Channel 4
KMOV is a television station based in St. Louis, Missouri, and serves as the home to St. Louis News Channel 4. The news source is affiliated with CBS and owned by the Belo Corporation, based out of Dallas, Texas.
KMOV began broadcasting in the St. Louis area on July 8, 1954 under the call letters KWK, and featured a nightly newscast and a variety of local special-interest programs. The news station operated under the KWK call sign from 1954 until 1958, when it was purchased by CBS and given the call sign KMOX.
St. Louis News Channel 4 grew popular in the local market and began providing 24.5 hours of weekly news broadcast within the St. Louis area. On May 16, 1986, the station was acquired by Viacom and the call sign changed to KMOV. The station was later purchased by Belo Corporation in 1997, but the station call letters remained unchanged.
Aside from the nightly news, St. Louis News Channel 4 also hosts a variety of special-interest shows, such as "Extra Edition" and "At The Zoo." The program "Eye on St. Louis" was one of the first special-interest shows broadcast on KMOV, and is still in the current schedule rotation, continuing to draw a strong local viewership after 40 years of broadcasting.
KMOV is currently staffed by newscasters who have worked for the news station for less than three years, and this lack of familiarity with these new people is seen as a weakness for the news broadcast. Prior to 2007, St. Louis News Channel 4 had a popular cast, including Richelle Carey, Reynolds Wolf and Karen Foss; however, Carey and Reynold moved to CNN and Foss retired, which led to a shakeup within the company. Suffering through a decline in viewership until 2006, St. Louis News Channel 4 rebounded to become the most watched late night news broadcast in the United States.
St. Louis News Channel 4 is the most popular nightly news telecast in the United States at this time and has a rich history dating back to 1954.