The station first signed on the air on March 19, 1955 as KBET-TV, a primary CBS affiliate on VHF channel 10 owned by the locally-based Sacramento Telecasters. It was the second of three VHF stations in the Sacramento market, signing on six months behind KOVR and six months ahead of KCRA-TV (VHF channel 3); it is also the longest serving station licensed to Sacramento, as KOVR is licensed to Stockton.
In 1959, Sacramento Telecasters sold the station to Corinthian Broadcasting and its call letters were changed to the current KXTV (the "X" representing the Roman numeral for its channel number, 10).
Corinthian became part of Dun & Bradstreet in 1971.
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Dallas, Texas-based Belo bought all of Dun & Bradstreet's television stations (except for WISH-TV in Indianapolis and WANE-TV in Fort Wayne, Indiana, which went to LIN Broadcasting) in February 1984.
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On March 6, 1995, KXTV switched affiliations with Stockton-licensed KOVR (VHF channel 13), with KXTV becoming an ABC affiliate and KOVR becoming a CBS affiliate. The station kept its 1992 logo with the switch.
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In 1999, Belo traded channel 10 to the Gannett Company in exchange for fellow ABC affiliate KVUE (UHF channel 24) in Austin, Texas. This marked a re-entry into the Sacramento market for Gannett, who briefly owned KOVR during the late 1950s. Gannett would later buy Belo outright, closing the deal on December 23, 2013, reuniting KXTV with several of its sister stations under Belo for the first time in 14 years, and making it a sister station to channel 24 in Austin for the first time.
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