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Ottumwa, Iowa/Kirksville, Missouri
United States
City Ottumwa, Iowa
Branding KYOU Fox 15
Slogan Fox for the Heartland, Local for You
News for You (newscasts)
Channels Digital: 15 (UHF)
Virtual: 15 (PSIP)
Subchannels 15.1 Fox
15.2 NBC
15.3 Grit
15.4 Escape
Translators 30 K30MG-D Kirksville
Affiliations Fox (1986-present)
Owner American Spirit Media
(KYOU License Subsidiary, LLC)
Operator Raycom Media
First air date June 2, 1986 (31 years ago) (1986-06-02)
Call letters' meaning YOU
Former callsigns KOIA-TV (1986-1992)
Former channel number(s) Analog:
15 (UHF, 1986-2009)
14 (UHF, until 2009)
Former affiliations Primary:
Independent (June-October 1986)
Transmitter power 360 kW
Height 360 m (1,181 ft)
Facility ID 53820
Transmitter coordinates
Licensing authority FCC
Public license information: Profile

KYOU-TV is a dual Fox/NBC-affiliated television station licensed to Ottumwa, Iowa, United States, serving the Honey Lands area of Southeastern Iowa and Northeastern Missouri. It broadcasts a high definition digital signal on virtual and UHF channel 15 from a transmitter one mile (1.6 km) east of Richland, Iowa. The station can also be seen in Missouri on Cable One channel 8 (with HD on digital channel 475) and in Iowa on Mediacom channel 9 (with HD on digital channel 815). Owned by American Spirit Media and operated by Raycom Media under a shared services agreement, the station has studios on West 2nd Street in Downtown Ottumwa.


KYOU operates one digital repeater, K30MG-D (channel 30) in Kirksville, Missouri, to extend its over-the-air coverage; it has a transmitter northwest of that city. KYOU was acquired by Waitt Media in 1999. That company merged with Raycom Media in December 2003. Raycom already owned ABC affiliate KTVO (channel 3) in Kirksville at the time and could not legally keep both stations because the market has too few channels to legally permit a duopoly. As a result, KYOU was spun off to Ottumwa Media Holdings, which eventually changed its name to American Spirit Media.

On March 27, 2006, Raycom announced that it would sell KTVO along with thirteen other stations across the country to Barrington Broadcasting. The sale closed later that year. However, KYOU still has a shared services agreement with Raycom Media.

On January 8, 2018, KYOU-TV announced that it would launch a NBC network affiliate in late January. The new station launched on January 24, replacing Grit on 15.2, while Grit replaced Escape on 15.3 and Escape was launched on a new fourth digital subchannel.[1] New Moon Communications had planned to launch an NBC station in Fall 2011 after their purchase of a former Trinity Broadcasting Network translator station (recalled as KUMK-LP), but New Moon was never able to launch any of their new stations in several markets, and the license was cancelled in March 2014.[2][3]

Digital television

Digital channels

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[4]
15.1 720p 16:9 KYOU-DT Main KYOU-TV programming / Fox
15.2 1080i NBC NBC 15.2 / NBC
15.3 480i Grit Grit
15.4 Escape Escape

Analog-to-digital conversion

KYOU-TV discontinued regular programming on its analog signal, over UHF channel 15, on June 12, 2009, the official date in which full-power television stations in the United States transitioned from analog to digital broadcasts under federal mandate. The station's digital signal relocated from its pre-transition UHF channel 14 to channel 15.[5]


Syndicated programming on the main signal includes Judge Judy, The Big Bang Theory, Modern Family, The Middle and Right This Minute. KYOU-DT2 carries Pickler & Ben, Extra, Inside Edition and Entertainment Tonight.

News operation

KYOU-TV launched its news operation on November 2, 2015. Branded as Fox 15 News at 9, the newscast airs each weeknight at 9 p.m.[6] Despite KYOU-DT2's affiliation with NBC, there are currently no news simulcasts or unique newscasts to that channel, and syndicated entertainment newsmagazines formerly unavailable in the market air instead in most news timeslots. KYOU-TV also has no morning newscast at the present time.


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