Channel 12 news Portland Oregon has a storied past as one of the premier Oregon television stations. KPTV, channel 12, is the FOX affiliate for Portland, Oregon and the surrounding area that includes most of Oregon and parts of Southwest Washington. Channel 12 news Portland Oregon has its studios in Beaverton and a transmitter in Portland.
Channel 12 news Portland Oregon began on the air as KPTV in September 1952. At the time, it was the first television station in the entire state of Oregon. Channel 12 Portland originally used channel 27 for its broadcasts. It made it the original commercial station to use the UHF band, instead of VHF.
Portland channel 12 was originally a mixed affiliate for ABC, CBS, NBC and the DuMont network. Since it was the only tv station in the area, they were able to selectively use programming from multiple networks.
As the weather channel Portland Oregon, KPTV features 50 hours of news programming each week. Channel 12 weather Portland has 8 and a half hours of news programming each week day and five hours for Saturday and Sunday. Those 50 hours of local news programming put channel 12 news Portland Oregon at the top for amount of news output. Channel 12 news Portland Oregon creates their own newscasts, but also produces 10 hours of news programming for their sister station, KPDX.
Historically, channel 12 news Portland Oregon has been the home to the top Portland kids television hosts. Rusty Nails was the clown that provided inspiration for The Simpsons Krusty the Klown. The other host was Ramblin Rod Anders.
While KPTV is currently a Fox affiliate, they left Fox once before when they had less than satisfactory results from their programming. In October of 1986 they became one of the original channels that signed on as Fox affiliates, but they left in 1988. They became a Fox affiliate for the second time in 2002.