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It was affiliated with all four television networks of the time: ABC, CBS, NBC and the Du Mont Television Network.

KCCC's first broadcast was the 1953 World Series between the New York Yankees and the Brooklyn Dodgers.

While most Fox affiliates since the mid-1990s have shifted away from running classic sitcoms and cartoons, to run syndicated talk shows on their daytime schedules; until recently, KTXL was among a few stations to be an exception to this status: the daytime lineup continued to feature sitcoms well into the 2000s, even still holding syndication rights to The Andy Griffith Show after many decades.

The latter show aired until 1979, and was syndicated to several stations in California, Utah, Alaska and Hawaii.

Channel 40 was one of the few stations to hold syndicated rights to the entire Merrie Melodies/Looney Tunes cartoon libraries (up until recently, different companies held different components of the cartoon output; all rights are now held by Warner Bros.).

On May 8, 2017, Hunt Valley, Maryland-based Sinclair Broadcast Group announced that it would acquire Tribune Media for .9 billion, plus the assumption of .7 billion in debt held by Tribune.

If the deal receives regulatory approval by the FCC and the U. Department of Justice's Antitrust Division, the proposed sale would put KTXL-TV (and sister stations KTLA in Los Angeles and KSWB-TV in San Diego) under common ownership with Sinclair's two existing California-based duopolies: CBS affiliate KBAK-TV and Fox affiliate KBFX-CD in Bakersfield, and Fox affiliate KMPH-TV and CW affiliate KFRE-TV in Fresno, California, plus pending acquisitions (from a separate deal) KRCR-TV and KAEF-TV in Redding and Eureka, respectively.

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