About KATVKATV is a television station located in Little Rock, Arkansas that first signed on the air on December 19, 1953. When it first began broadcasting, KATV was licensed to Pine Bluff and was affiliated with both CBS and ABC. It became a full ABC affiliate in 1955 after KTHV (channel 11) signed on and took the CBS affiliation due to KTHS (now KAAY) having a longstanding relationship with CBS Radio. During the late 1950s, KATV was also briefly affiliated with the NTA Film Network.
KATV was founded by John Toole "J.T." Griffin and James C. "Jimmy" Leake, who also founded sister stations KTUL in Tulsa and KWTV in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The company founded by Griffin would later become Griffin Communications. It is not clear what the relationship was between KATV and these sister stations in terms of programming and content.