Without The CW, XETV is shutting down its local news and is changing its identity.

XETV-TDT 6 / Tijuana, BC, MX - San Diego, CA, USA (
XETV-TDT 6 / Tijuana, BC, MX – San Diego, CA, USA (“CW 6”)

Well… it’s a hard end. An end that people didn’t expect at all. But in San Diego, it’s coming true and in phases, XETV is shutting down and its an end of an era for one of the top CW affiliates in the country.

On Friday, March 31st, after delivering local news for San Diegans for 17 years under its current news department form, XETV 6 is shutting down its local news operations. Once XETV 6 got word that it was losing The CW affiliation to a subchannel on KFMB 8 (CBS) starting in September, it was the move that created the death bed for the station. On Wednesday, May 31st at 12:01am PDT, the station will shut down its English-language TV operations as Bay City Television, the operators of XETV 6, will cease operating the station and transfer its operation control over to Televisa, the Mexican broadcast who will then have full control of the station since they already owned it. Bay City Television will also no longer exist due to the shutdown.

By then, the station will become an affiliate of what TVSpy called as “a re-transmission of Channel Nine Network from Mexico City.” I did research on that and it’s XEQ-TDT 9, home to Gala TV, one of Televisa’s four networks. That will basically mean that XETV 6 will become an affiliate of Gala TV on 6.1 and keep Canal 5 on 6.2, another one of Televisa’s four networks (the two others are the news-focused FORO TV and the general entertainment/Televisa flagship network, Las Estrellas, formerly called El Canal de Las Estrellas).

In terms of local news, XETV 6 will broadcast its last-ever newscast on Friday, March 31st at 10:00pm EDT. After that, FOX 6 News, then San Diego 6 News and now CW 6 News will be forever history and this comes a year after the station just rebranded from San Diego 6 to CW 6. These are the local newscasts that will be gone by March 31st:

  • Weekdays:
    • 5:00-6:00 AM: CW 6 News in the Morning at 5:00 a.m. (competed against KFMB 8 – CBS, KGTV 10 – ABC, KNSD 39 – NBC, KUSI 51 – Ind. and KSWB 69 – FOX)
    • 6:00-7:00 AM: CW 6 News in the Morning at 6:00 a.m. (competed against the same stations at 5:00am)
    • 7:00-8:00 AM: CW 6 News in the Morning at 7:00 a.m. (competed against KUSI 51 and KSWB 69)
    • 8:00-9:00 AM: CW 6 News in the Morning at 8:00 a.m. (competed against the same stations as 7:00am)
    • 4:00-5:00 PM: CW 6 News at 4:00 (competed against KGTV 10, KNSD 39 and KSWB 69)
    • 10:00-11:00 PM: CW 6 News at 10:00 (competed against KUSI 51 and KSWB 69)
  • Weekends:
    • 8:00-9:00 AM: CW 6 News in the Morning at 8:00 a.m. (competed against KGTV 10 and KUSI 51)
    • 9:00-10:00 AM: CW 6 News in the Morning at 9:00 a.m. (competed against KUSI 51)
    • 10:00-11:00 PM: CW 6 News at 10:00 (competed against KUSI 51 and KSWB 69)

With this, San Diego will now just have five local news operations: KFMB 8, KGTV 10, KNSD 39 (Cable 7), KUSI 51 (Cable 9) and KSWB 69 (Cable 5) and with it, those who work at XETV 6 will be losing their jobs including long-time staffers Lynda Martin (who joined for the 1999’s news department debut and remained until 2011, briefly in 2013 and then rejoined in 2016) and Jim Patton (who arrived in 2003 from KOCO 5 – ABC in Oklahoma City), who’ve been helming the morning show together for the past few months now.

XETV 6 started as an Independent station in 1953 before gaining the ABC affiliation in 1956. It lost the affiliation in 1973 in which it then moved over to then-KCST 39 (now KNSD 39). It became an Independent again in 1973 before becoming a charter affiliate of FOX when that network launched on October 9th, 1986 (as of this post on this date, that’s 30 years ago). In 2008, Tribune took the FOX affiliation away from XETV 6 and used it for KSWB 69 who then became the FOX affiliation and gave The CW network affiliation away to XETV 6 and that’s how it has been since August 1st, 2008. On May 31st, life beings anew with the station becoming an affiliate of Gala TV, mostly as a direct repeater from XEQ-TDT 9 in Mexico City and The CW will go to a subchannel of KFMB 8, more likely to 8.2.

So its an end of an era as a news operation (this first) and English-language TV on XETV 6 (then afterward) will all be shut down. Pretty sad to hear but it’s a changing business and it sometimes ruins things. We’ll all have to move on from this, unfortunately.

DISCLAIMERSome of the information used for the story, including a particular quote, was taken from TVSpyThe information about XETV 6 and its affiliations was taken from Wikipedia.

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8 thoughts on “Without The CW, XETV is shutting down its local news and is changing its identity.

  1. There’s no telling whether the XETV news department shutting down at the end of March 31 will be anything like the WTOG news department closure from 1998, and other news department closures (examples: KDNL St. Louis, KSTW Seattle, WNWO Toledo, WWJ Detroit, etc.). YouTube video of last WTOG newscast with late Barbara Callahan signing off, and “Happy Trails” songs… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gzqrmzlRjxU. No telling whether XETV will have a similar sign-off. Surprise that CW didn’t go to KUSI instead.

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  2. San Diego for some weird reason was a very news saturated TV Market. There are larger TV Markets in San Diego that have less news stations and hours of local newscasts per week then the SD TV Market. San Diego is the 28th largest TV Market in the country. Some of the larger TV Markets then the SD TV market that have less news stations are St. Louis 21, Pittsburgh 23, Detroit 13. The bad news is less choices for news in SD TV Market which could mean more stations consolidating news operations in the SD TV market in the future. LA TV Market went through the same thing years back when KCBS bought KCAL and KTTV bought KCOP. There are less news stations in the LA Market today then there were 20 years ago. 20 years ago KCOP and KCAL each had their own separate news operations.

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  3. I really comes no surprise to me that a news operation in San Diego decided to close shop, San Diego was such a news saturated TV Market. It was a question of not if but when was a news station or news station consolidation was going to happen in San Diego TV market. I knew sooner or later that eventually there would be a news station consolidation or a news station closing shop in the SD TV market. I am frankly surprised that news consolidation or a news station closing shop did not happen sooner in the SD TV market and am surprised the SD TV Market went this long being a news saturated market. I think the SD TV Market had more news stations and hours of news per week then the Boston TV Market ranked 9th largest TV Market in the Grand Trump United States of America, Boston a top ten TV Market did before WBTS went to NBC and WHDH went independent. RIP news saturated San Diego TV Market it was fun while it lasted all good things must come to an end.

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  4. When KFMB sub channel gets the CW I wonder if KFMB will produce 10:00pm newscast and a 7:00am to 9:00am morning news for that channel? I would be KFMB news but would fill somewhat of a void for the lost XETV News.

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    • That is the plan along with 4PM newscasts. KFMB is hiring for this new station in regards to the local news channel. Will help them save money as they can keep the same set and what not. A similar strategy is being done over at KNSD as NBC (Comcast) is launching a new Telemundo O&O on Channel 39.2.

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