Fox 9 Twin Cities (KMSP), is a Fox-affiliated television station located in Fox 29 Twin Cities, Minnesota, United States. It first aired in 1955. It shows mainly News and Weather updates on the Internet.
KMSP-TV, virtual and VHF digital channel 9, is a Fox owned-and-operated television station licensed to Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States and serving the Twin Cities television market. The station is owned by the Fox Television Stations subsidiary of Fox Corporation, as part of a duopoly with MyNetworkTV owned-and-operated station WFTC (channel 9.2). The two outlets share studios on Viking Drive in Eden Prairie, and transmitter facilities in Shoreview, Minnesota.
KMSP-TV also serves the Mankato market (via K35KI-D in nearby St. James through the local municipal-operated Cooperative TV (CTV) network of translators), even though that area already has a Fox affiliate of its own.
KMSP-TV is also carried in Canada on Shaw Cable’s Thunder Bay, Ontario system and on Bell MTS Fibe TV in the province of Manitoba.
KMSP presently broadcasts 59 1⁄2 hours of locally produced newscasts each week (with 10 hours each weekday, four hours on Saturdays and 5 1⁄2 hours on Sundays); in regards to the number of hours devoted to news programming, it is the highest newscast output among Minneapolis’ broadcast television stations.
The station’s first news director and news anchor was Harry Reasoner when KMSP signed on (as KEYD-TV) in 1955. Despite the station’s focus on live coverage of news and sports, as well as awards from the University of Minnesota Journalism School and the Northwest Radio–TV News Association, KEYD’s newscasts were generally in fourth place in the ratings. After channel 9’s ownership changed in 1956, the news operation was closed down. News programming returned to the station after NTA bought KMGM-TV in 1957.
The station, which had long been a distant third to WCCO-TV and KSTP-TV in the Twin Cities news ratings, began an aggressive campaign in 1973 to gain ground against its competition. After a nationwide search, management hired Ben Boyett and Phil Bremen to anchor a newscast with a new set and format, known as newsnine. The new format did not really draw many new viewers, and the station’s low news budget, ill-conceived promotion and frequent technical glitches didn’t help matters. One botched campaign for a news series on venereal disease, in the spring of 1974, resulted in lawsuits from two young women that claimed that their likenesses were used in promos without their permission, thus damaging their reputations. By the fall of 1975, Boyett and Bremen would be gone, replaced by respected veteran newsman Don Harrison and the station’s first female anchor, Cathie Mann. These changes did little to take channel 9 out of third place, and despite ABC becoming the #1 network by 1977, KMSP’s newscasts still struggled.
After KMSP lost the ABC affiliation in 1979, the station’s news operation was relaunched with a prime time newscast, which was paired with the syndicated Independent Network News in the early 1980s. The newscast’s budget and ratings would increase by the end of the 1980s; after KMSP rejoined Fox in 2002, the station’s prime time newscast, aided by Fox’s prime time lineup, frequently outrated the newscasts on KSTP-TV. Following Fox’s acquisition of WFTC in 2001, that station’s existing news operation was moved to the KMSP studios;after Fox canceled channel 29’s newscast in 2006, some of WFTC’s news staff joined KMSP.