KOB's newscasts identify themselves as Eyewitness News 4. Ordinarily, KOB airs five and a half hours of local news each weekday, three hours each Saturday, and an hour each Sunday. During the school year, KOB broadcasts a weekly 15-minute sportscast, "New Mexico Gameday," dedicated to high school sports.
KOB has a history of strong news talent. Despite this, it lost the ratings lead to KOAT-TV in the mid-1970s, and has been in second place ever since. The station's 1980 hiring of KOAT's top anchorman, Dick Knipfing, created the first big-dollar anchor in Albuquerque, and stood out in the industry as the "anchorman wars" moved to smaller markets. Knipfing's 1980 salary was approximately $90,000. However, channel 4 was never able to overtake KOAT in the news ratings, largely due to the staying power of anchor Johnny Morris and a folksy weatherman Howard Morgan. Knipfing, now in his third stint at KRQE, remains a fixture in the local TV news scene.
KOB produced an hour-long nightly newscast for Albuquerque's Fox affiliate, KASA, from September 2000 through September 14, 2006 called "Fox 2 News at Nine". The next day,KRQE took over production of that newscast as that station's parent company, LIN TV, began taking over KASA's operations as it purchased the station.
KOB began producing and broadcasting its newscasts in 16:9 widescreen standard definition on September 26, 2010, and debuted new on-air graphics and a new station logo (the logo used for its newscasts is very similar to that used by WABC-TV in New York City in its newscasts and Swedish television channel TV4 for its programming) on that date as well; the station plans to broadcast its local newscasts in high definition by 2011. Presently, KOB's studio cameras shoot in HD, but the video is downconverted to widescreen standard definition in the control room due to editing limitations. As of January 19, 2012, however, the upgrade to full HD has not yet occurred; the newscasts remain in enhanced definition widescreen.
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