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12News Station History

12News began broadcasting on June 18, 1961. It soon became the ABC affiliate for Beaumont/Port Arthur, until then the affiliation was split between KJAC-TV and KFDM-TV. The original owners were N.D. Williams and Randolph Reed.

KBMT launched a newscast in 1962. The station was later sold to Cowles Broadcasting in 1965, H&C Communications in 1980, and McKinnon Broadcasting Company in 1991. In 2009, London Broadcasting bought the station.

On January 1, 2009, KBMT added NBC programming on a digital subchannel, KJAC. KBMT also recently added KUIL to it's roster as well.

**Please note: K-JAC, your NBC is listed as NBMT on the Nielsen Ratings.

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Front Desk: (409) 833-7512
News Fax: (409) 981-1564
News Email: 12News@kbmt12.com

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