KBCW is a full service television station in San Francisco, California, broadcasting on local digital UHF channel 45. Founded in 1968, it owned by CBS Corporation. It is an affiliate of The CW (The CW Television Network) which features on a mixture of programming mostly targeted towards women and young
adults. From 1995 until 2006, KBCW was an owned-and-operated station of United Paramount Network (UPN). Before 1995, the station was an independent station. Channel 44 used the call letters KBHK-TV from its inception in 1968 until 2006. The station is also considered an alternate CBS affiliate, and can air CBS programs such as reruns of "Face the Nation," "CBS Sunday Morning" It also airs local programs such as "Eye on the Bay" and the "Last Honest Sports Show." In 1968, the station started broadcasting as KBHK-TV as the second commercial UHF station in the San Francisco Bay area. It was owned by Kaiser Broadcasting until 1977, when Kaiser sold its interest in the stations to Field. KBHK was sold to United Television in 1983. KBHK had a typical independent program schedule consisting of a morning and afternoon children's block, off-network sitcoms, nightly feature films, and public affairs programming. The station attempted to produce a nightly newscast, only to abandon it due to low ratings. Several local programs produced at KBHK were syndicated nationally including Leonard Nimoy's "Star Trek Memories" and "The Twilight Zone Special." Also well known as a local sports broadcaster, KBHK was the home of the Oakland A's, Golden State Warriors, California Golden Seals (NHL) and San Francisco 49ers preseason football. When United Television partnered with Paramount to create the UPN (United Paramount Network), KBHK became a UPN owned-and-operated station, changing the station's programming to a more up-to-date schedule. When the UPN and WB combined to form The CW, in 2006, KBHK officially changed its call sign to KBCW. KBCW has aired a nightly 10 p.m. newscast since March 3, 2008.