About KATU2

KATU, virtual channel 2 (UHF digital channel 24), is an ABC-affiliated television station licensed to Portland, Oregon, United States. The station is owned by the Sinclair Broadcast Group, as part of a duopoly with La Grande-licensed Univision affiliate KUNP (channel 16). The two stations share studios on NE Sandy Boulevard in Portland; KATU's transmitter is located in the Sylvan-Highlands section of the city.

A construction permit for channel 2, Portland's last available channel allocation on the VHF band, was issued to Fisher's Blend Station, Inc., (later known as Fisher Communications) in 1958. However, KATU did not begin broadcasting until March 15, 1962, originally operating as an independent station. The station's transmitter was originally located atop Livingston Mountain, about 7 miles (11 km) NNE of Camas, Washington.

On January 19, 1964, KATU moved its transmitter site 21 miles (34 km), to Portland's West Hills to improve its signal coverage.[citation needed] Just over a month later, it took over the ABC affiliation in Portland away from KPTV (channel 12) on March 1, 1964. This made KATU the fourth television station in the Portland market in less than a decade to have affiliated with ABC full-time (after KLOR, KGW—channel 8, and KPTV). It is also Portland's longest-lasting ABC affiliate to date. KATU is the only one of the first five television stations in Portland to have operated out of the same studio (at 2153 NE Sandy Boulevard) since it went on the air, although the building had earlier been used as a laundry for many years.

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