KCER-TV is an commercial-free and ABN-affiliated television station in Benton, Arkansas and broadcasts on channel 42. It is owned by KCER Media (a division of Laserium Holdings) and operated by Champion Digital Broadcasting and KBC which also own KWAB-TV along with CER2 Digital Networks, CER Two and KCER Magazine, and offers ABN programming as well as a general entertainment programming format with a variety of news, talk, sports, movies, cartoons, sitcoms, westerns, comedies, dramas, documentaries, action shows, specials, and weather and traffic reports, while the all-video game format is broadcast on KCEZ-TV. Originally the station was independent until 1986, affiliated with Fox until 1997, UPN until 2006, MyNetworkTV until 2008, and Independent again until March 31st, 2015.
August 1979-March 1987
During the Field Communications years, it was sold to Metromedia in 1983. In 1986, it became an affiliate of the Fox Broadcasting Company and was sold to Fox Television Stations Group.
March 1987-June 1993
June 1993-September 1995
Classic daytime and syndicated episodes of The Merv Griffin Show, Dance Fever, Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy! were added in 1993, but lasted until 2001.
September 1995-July 1997
July 1997-October 2002
In 1997, KCER-TV switched its affiliation to UPN.
October 2002-August 2004
August 2004-September 2006
September 2006-December 2008
In September 2006, KCER switched from UPN to MyNetworkTV.
December 2008-March 2011
In 2008, it reverted to being a independent station.
March 2011-February 2013
In 2012, Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy! were removed from KCER, The Simpsons and Futurama were on KCER instead.
February 2013-April 2015
Same as the previous logo, but the rounded rectangle is removed.
As of 9:54 AM Pacific Daylight Time March 28th, 2015, as part of the ongoing 2015 US television realignment, the Kohrumai Broadcasting Company opened negotiations with KCER-TV executives with the intentions of saving it.
Finally after some negotiating, a deal was made with Kohrumai to acquire KCER-TV when the now former CEO was ousted amid allegations of incompetence. The official deal was signed on March 30th, 2015 at 4:45PM Pacific Daylight time 6:45PM Central Daylight Time.
Now that the deal is signed, the Federal Communications Commission is looking over this deal and may have KCER change channels. A decision will be reached Tuesday, March 31st, 2015 before Noon central daylight time.
After consideration, The Federal Communications Commission decided that KCER will remain on the same channel, but the affiliation has been changed to ABN. This double affiliation will allow KCER-TV to deliver a wider range of programming to be shown. When asked about this arrangement, ABN CEO Billy Fortner said this. "I am looking forward to this partnership, and hope that we can build a bright future for all of us."
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