KERO-TV, 23ABC News is local TV news in Bakersfield covering all of Kern County. KERO is owned by E.W. Scripps.
KERO started on Sept. 26, 1953 as an NBC affiliate. The TV station, along with KERO radio (1230AM) originally broadcast from the lobby of the El Tejon Hotel, which was located at the corner of Truxtun Avenue and Chester Avenue.
The program "Cousin Herb's Trading Post" helped popularize the "Bakersfield Sound." For 10 years, airing daily at 5 p.m., Herb Henson's variety show had such guests as Buck Owens and Merle Haggard.
In 1984 KERO switched affiliation from NBC to CBS.
In 1996, KERO was purchased by McGraw-Hill, and became an ABC affiliate. Few stations in the United States have held affiliation with each of the big three networks.
Azteca America in Bakersfield merged with KERO in 2006.
E.W. Scripps bought KERO on December 30, 2011, as a part of the "Fab Four," along with ABC affiliates in San Diego, Denver and Indianapolis.
KERO launched the first weekend morning news in Kern County on September 14, 2013. The show airs from 6-7 and from 8-9 a.m.