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Jason Effinger

North Platte will get another television station this fall, adding competition to KNOP-TV, which operates in the second-smallest television broadcast market in the United States.

Channel 10/11 television station plans to open a TV station in North Platte on or about Sept. 1, the company announced Tuesday.

The call letters will be KNPL-TV.

It will be a high definition station, a CBS affiliate, and provide local news coverage and a 6:30 p.m. news broadcast, president Jason Effinger said.

The acquisition comes on the heels of 10/11’s addition of KSNB, a station in Superior that has been off the air since 2009.

Channel 10/11 has served the Lincoln-Grand Island areas for nearly 50 years, known by its call letter KOLN-KGIN. The company is actually owned by Gray Communications, which also owns WOWT in Omaha as well as 40 primary channels and 45 secondary channels in 30 television markets across the country.

The station will broadcast high-definition local newscasts in the North Platte market, Effinger said.

“The addition of 10/11 North Platte is another step toward better serving the great local communities in Nebraska.” he said.

10/11 News Director Sue Ramsett said having a statewide network means “we’ll be able to provide viewers in North Platte with local news and instant access to other news that matters to North Platte: daily Husker practice reports, updates from the Legislature, the State Fair, or Husker Harvest Days. The possibilities are endless.”

The North Platte station will feature CBS programming, including NCIS (Naval Criminal Investigative Service,) 60 Minutes, NFL football, and state programs such as Pure Nebraska and PrepZone Weekly.

KOLN in Lincoln started broadcasting 60 years ago in 1953. KGIN in Grand Island was added in 1961.

The station has also been the default CBS affiliate for North Platte and west central Nebraska for decades.

KNOP-TV serves about 15,000 "TV homes," according to a 2012 Nielson national study. That is No. 209 out of 210 television markets.

No. 210 is Glendive, Mont. a primarily agricultural area with just 4,000 TV homes.

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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 3/20/2013
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