KIMT News 3 is your leading provider of local news, weather information, sports, community events breaking news and entertainment programming from the CBS Television Network. KIMT covers Southern Minnesota and Northern Iowa, including Rochester, Mason City, Austin, Albert Lea and Charles City.
KIMT broadcasts programming from the CBS Television Network, the best in syndicated programming, Antenna TV and Ion Television.
KIMT-TV, on the air for more than 65 years, has grown and innovated along with the television broadcasting industry, bringing news and programming from black and white to the implementation of digital television in May of 2002, expanding later that summer to high-definition television to now a leader in North Iowa and Southern Minnesota news.
Owned by Allen Media Broadcasting, KIMT is a reliable and trustworthy news station that integrates the latest technology to bring you the most accurate newscasts on a daily basis along with CBS’ prime programming.
The station signed on for the first time on May 15, 1954, as KGLO-TV owned by Lee Enterprises along with the Globe Gazette and KGLO radio.
In August of 1977, the Federal Communications Commission ruled that one company could not own all the media outlets in a city, and Lee Enterprises was forced to break up its cluster. KGLO was sold to BY communications and the television station was renamed KIMT, standing for Iowa/Minnesota Television. In 1980, it was sold to the Shott family of Bluefield, West Virginia. In 1984, they sold KIMT to Spartan Radiocasting Company (Spartan Communications).
Spartan merged with Media General in 2000, and KIMT celebrated its 50th anniversary on May 15, 2004.
On August 2, 2006, New Vision Television made it public that it had bought KIMT, and on May 7, 2012, LIN TV Corporation announced it would acquire the New Vision Television group, including KIMT. On March 21, 2014, Media General announced it would acquire LIN TV Corporation.
Heartland Media acquired KIMT on Jan. 17, 2017. The station was sold to Allen Media Broadcasting in 2019.