ABC Owned Television Stations

ABC Owned Television Stations is a division of Walt Disney Television that oversees the owned-and-operated stations of the American Broadcasting Company, a division of The Walt Disney Company. The division consists of eight stations plus ABC National Television Sales and the Live Well Network.

ABC Owned Television Stations
IndustryTV broadcasting
PredecessorCC/ABC Broadcasting Group
New York, New York
Number of locations
Key people
Wendy McMahon (President)
ParentWalt Disney Television
(Disney Media Networks)
DivisionsLive Well Network
SubsidiariesABC National Television Sales


ABC Network

The ABC Network's first TV station signed on August 10, 1948, as WJZ-TV,[1] the first of three television stations signed on by ABC during that same year, with WENR-TV in Chicago and WXYZ-TV in Detroit being the other two. KGO-TV in San Francisco and KECA in Los Angeles, signed on during the next 13 months after WJZ.

Capital Cities/ABC

Capital Cities' announced $3.5 billion purchase of ABC on March 18, 1985, stunned the media industry, as ABC was some four times bigger than Capital Cities was at the time.[2][3]

Disney/ABC division

The ABC Owned TV Stations (ABCOTS) were paired with ABC Radio Network and eight TV stations in CC/ABC Broadcasting Group in Capital Cities/ABC (CC/ABC) when CC/ABC was purchased by The Walt Disney Company in 1996.[4][5] In June, ABC top marketing officer announced the O&O stations would adopt a "one-channel" marketing strategy where the stations would for promotional purposes drop call letter for ABC and channel number as the marketer had this adopted at NBC before.[6]

ABC News Now was launched in 2004 in the US on digital subchannel of 70 ABC owned & operated and affiliates.[7] The Live Well Network (LWN) was launched on April 27, 2009 in high definition by ABC's owned-and-operated stations on the stations' subchannels.[8][9]

On November 3, 2010, Broadcasting & Cable magazine announced that SJL Broadcasting, now owned by the principal owners of Lilly Broadcasting, made an agreement with Disney to buy back WJRT-TV and WTVG, the two smallest stations in ABC's O&O portfolio.[10] The sale was completed on April 1, 2011.[11] On October 17, 2013, the New York Post reported that Disney considered sell the station group given the current wave of consolidation between station holding companies that has increased station values since 2010.[12] On October 25, the Triangle Business Journal reported that multiple Disney spokespeople denied that information.[13]

On June 9, 2014, LWN vice president Peggy Allen and ABC Owned Television Stations president Rebecca Campbell jointly announced to Live Well Network's staff that they planned to shut down the network in January 2015. Campbell and Allen stated that despite the success of the network, the division wanted to prioritize "local content" and its "core local news brands".[14][15] Many of the shows from ABC's stations are expected to end production with a possibility to be picked up by fyi cable network, a DATG partial owned A&E Networks cable channel.[16][17] On January 15, 2015, ABCOTS announced a pickup of Katz Broadcasting's new subchannel Laff, including the DT3 subchannels of the ABC O&O stations, as of April 15, 2015; within that announcement, ABCOTS stated that Live Well Network would continue on their eight stations on their DT2 subchannels in HD, but no longer be distributed outside of ABC O&O stations.[18] ABCOTS also indicated that its stations' 3rd subchannel would affiliated with Laff network upon launch on April 15, 2015, but until then LWN would run on both subchannels.[19]

Campbell, president of ABC Daytime and ABC Owned Television Stations, was named President of Disney EMEA in September 2017.[20] Wendy McMahon, the stations' senior VP of digital, was named station group president effective January 1, 2018.[21]


  • ABC National Television Sales, Inc.
    • ABC Regional Sports & Entertainment Sales
  • Live Well Network

List of stations

Stations are arranged in alphabetical order by state and city of license.

  • (**) - indicate a station built and signed on by ABC.
City of license / Market Station Channel
Owned since Owned by at merger
Fresno, CA KFSN-TV 30 (30) 1986 CapCities
Los Angeles KABC-TV ** 7 (7) 1949 ABC
San Francisco - Oakland - San Jose KGO-TV ** 7 (7) 1949 ABC
Chicago WLS-TV ** 7 (44) 1948 ABC
New York City WABC-TV ** 7 (7) 1948 ABC
Raleigh-Durham-Fayetteville, NC WTVD 11 (11) 1986 CapCities
Philadelphia WPVI-TV 6 (6) 1986 CapCities
Houston KTRK-TV 13 (13) 1986 CapCities

Former ABC-owned stations

City of license / Market Station Channel
Years owned Current ownership status
Detroit WXYZ-TV ** 7 (41) 1948–1986 ABC affiliate owned by E. W. Scripps Company
Flint, MI WJRT-TV[22] 12 (12) 1995–2011 ABC affiliate owned by Gray Television
Toledo, OH WTVG[22] 13 (13) 1995–2011 ABC affiliate owned by Gray Television

Evolution of ABC O&O stations


  1. ^ "WJZ-TV starts; elaborate inaugural program." Broadcasting - Telecasting, August 16, 1948, pg. 23.
  2. ^ Kleinfield, N.R. "ABC is being sold for $3.5 billion; 1st network sale." The New York Times, March 19, 1985.
  3. ^ "Capcities + ABC." Broadcasting, March 25, 1985, pp. 31-32.
  4. ^ FabrWilmette, ILnt, Geraldine. The Media Business;Disney and ABC Shareholders Solidly Approve Merger Deal January 05, 1996. The New York Times. Accessed July 8, 2013.
  5. ^ "Fact Sheet: The Walt Disney Company". Press Release. The Walt Disney Company. Retrieved 7 March 2013.
  6. ^ McClellan, Steve and Chris McDonnell. Cohen: One channel, one network. June 10, 1996. Broadcasting & Cable.
  7. ^ "ABC News banks on digital, despite small audiences today". USA Today. AP. September 4, 2004. Retrieved May 29, 2014.
  8. ^ ABC O&Os Launch Digital Network, Broadcasting & Cable, April 27, 2009
  9. ^ ABC Multicasts Live Well HD Channel Archived 2009-10-30 at the Wayback Machine, Mediaweek, October 25, 2009
  10. ^ Grego, Melissa (November 3, 2010). "Exclusive: Disney to Sell Two Stations". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved September 21, 2012.
  11. ^ Exclusive: New GMs For Former ABC O&Os in Flint, Toledo Broadcasting & Cable. March 31, 2011.
  12. ^ Atkinson, Claire. (October 17, 2013) Disney once again considering sale of local TV stations. NY Post. Retrieved October 18, 2013.
  13. ^ Ohnesorge, Lauren. (October 25, 2013) Disney denies it's selling broadcast business, WTVD. Triangle Business Journal. Retrieved November 30, 2015.
  14. ^ Downey, Kevin (June 9, 2014). "No Life Left In Live Well Network". TV News Check. Retrieved June 9, 2014.
  15. ^ Block, Alex (June 9, 2014). "Live Well Network's Demise Follows Advertiser Resistance, CBS Plans (Analysis)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved June 11, 2014.
  16. ^ Malone, Michael (June 9, 2014). "ABC to Discontinue Live Well Network". Broadcasting & Cable. NewBay Media, LLC. Retrieved August 1, 2014.
  17. ^ Lazare, Lewis (June 9, 2014). "ABC to shutter Live Well Network founded in Chicago". Chicago Business Journal. American City Business Journals. Retrieved December 4, 2014.
  18. ^ Littleton, Cynthia (18 January 2015). "ABC Sticks with Live Well Digital Channel, Adds Comedy Net". Variety. Retrieved 18 January 2015.
  19. ^ Lafayette, Jon (January 18, 2015). "Exclusive: Comedy Multicast Net Launching on ABC, Scripps". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved January 20, 2015.
  20. ^ Tartaglione, Nancy (September 21, 2017). "Disney Intl Names Rebecca Campbell President For Europe, Middle East & Africa". Deadline. Penske Business Media. Retrieved April 9, 2018.
  21. ^ Staff, Variety (December 7, 2017). "Wendy McMahon Named President of ABC Owned Television Stations". Variety. Retrieved April 16, 2018.
  22. ^ a b On November 4, 2010 ABC announced the sale of WJRT-TV and WTVG to previous owner SJL Broadcasting. The sale was completed April 1, 2011. ([1])

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List of ABC television affiliates (by U.S. state)

List of ABC television affiliates (table)

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KABC-TV, channel 7, is an ABC owned-and-operated television station licensed to Los Angeles, California, United States. The station is owned by the ABC Owned Television Stations subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company. KABC-TV maintains studios and offices on Circle Seven Drive in Glendale, California, and its transmitter is located on Mount Wilson.

In the few areas of the western United States, where an ABC station's over-the-air signal is not receivable, KABC-TV is available on satellite television through DirecTV.


KFSN-TV, virtual and UHF digital channel 30, is an ABC owned-and-operated television station licensed to Fresno, California, United States. The station is owned by the ABC Owned Television Stations subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company. KFSN-TV's studios are located on G Street in downtown Fresno, and its transmitter is located on Bear Mountain, near Meadow Lakes, California.


KGO-TV, virtual and VHF digital channel 7, is an ABC owned-and-operated television station licensed to San Francisco, California, United States and serving the San Francisco Bay Area. The station is owned by the ABC Owned Television Stations subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company. KGO-TV's studios are located at the ABC Broadcast Center in downtown San Francisco north of the city's Financial District, and its transmitter is based at Sutro Tower.


KTRK-TV, virtual and VHF digital channel 13, is an ABC owned-and-operated television station licensed to Houston, Texas, United States. The station is owned by the ABC Owned Television Stations subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company (through its Walt Disney Television division). KTRK's studios are located on Bissonnet Street in the Upper Kirby district, and its transmitter is located near Missouri City, in unincorporated northeastern Fort Bend County.

Laff (TV network)

Laff, legal name Laff Media, LLC, is an American digital multicast television network that is owned by Katz Broadcasting, a subsidiary of E. W. Scripps Company. The network specializes in comedy programming, featuring a mix of feature films and archived sitcoms. Laff is targeted at adults between the ages of 18 and 49 years old.Originally, Katz sold the network to affiliated TV stations via ad split but by October 2015 had moved to a carriage fees in exchange for the network get the ad inventory due to greater inventory with stations adding a third or fourth subchannel.1 Laff used direct response advertising as a meter of viewers before switching to Nielsen rating C-3 in late 2015.3

List of ABC television affiliates (by U.S. state)

The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) is an American broadcast television television network owned by the Disney Media Networks subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, which originated in 1927 as the NBC Blue radio network, and five years after its 1942 divorce from NBC and purchase by Edward J. Noble (adopting its current name the following year), expanded into television in April 1948. As of March 2015, the network currently has eight owned-and-operated stations, and current affiliation agreements with 238 other television stations.This article is a listing of current ABC affiliates in the continental United States and U.S. possessions (including subchannel affiliates, satellite stations and select low-power translators), arranged alphabetically by state, and based on the station's city of license, and followed in parentheses by the Designated Market Area if it differs from the city of license. There are links to and articles on each of the stations, describing their histories, local programming and technical information, such as broadcast frequencies.

The station's advertised channel number follows the call letters. In most cases, this is their virtual channel (PSIP) number.

Stations listed in boldface are owned and operated by ABC through its subsidiary ABC Owned Television Stations.

List of Laff affiliates

As of 1 July 2019, Laff has current or pending affiliation agreements with television stations in 166 media markets encompassing 46 states, including Washington, DC and Puerto Rico (including stations in the top 13 markets), covering 90% of the United States.Charter affiliates included all 8 ABC Owned Television Stations and 13 E. W. Scripps Company stations. The two initial deals gave Laff affiliate clearances in 35% of all U.S. markets, and 13 of the 30 largest television markets (including New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Denver, Detroit, and Houston). On March 13, 2015, Katz Broadcasting announced an affiliation deal with the Cox Media Group to carry Laff on seven of its stations (including WSB-TV in Atlanta and WFXT in Boston), expanding its initial reach to 47% of the country; the following week on March 20, as part of a multi-network affiliation agreement with Katz, the Meredith Corporation announced that it would carry the network on its stations in Portland, Oregon (KPTV) and Hartford (WFSB).

Live Well Network

Live Well Network is a home, health and lifestyle high definition digital subchannel network owned by ABC Owned Television Stations, part of Walt Disney Television, a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company. The network launched as Live Well HD Network on April 27, 2009, and is available on digital subchannels of all ABC-owned-and-operated stations.

The channel aired home, health and lifestyle programming and was similar to Ion Life, which launched in 2007, with American Public Television's Create serving as its main competitor. The network ended most national distribution on April 15, 2015, with Media General being the last to remove the network on their stations on May 29. Live Well Network continues to air in HD on the second subchannel of the seven ABC-owned television stations (WLS in Chicago airs it in standard definition). However, it will not produce any new episodes of Live Well programming.

More in Common (TV series)

More in Common is an American news program hosted by Michael Koenigs that premiered on July 21, 2018 on Facebook Watch. The show is broadcast on Saturdays at 12 PM ET.

On the Red Carpet

On The Red Carpet (OTRC) is an American syndicated show which carries celebrity news, Hollywood events and features about celebrity style produced by ABC Owned Television Stations for KABC-TV and Disney–ABC Domestic Television.

Small Town Big Deal

Small Town Big Deal is an American television news magazine that runs in first-run syndication with a focus on human interest stories in rural America. The TV program is co-hosted by Rodney K. Miller and Jann Carl. Together, they travel the United States sharing inspirational stories about communities, people, events and happenings. The show first aired on September 6, 2012 on the RFD-TV network. In 2017, the show was being viewed on over 150 local stations and 80 percent of the country each week across America, including several of the ABC Owned Television Stations, which air the program in weekend morning graveyard slots, as well as low-power and digital 24-hour networks Youtoo America (which airs the show several times a week), AMGTV, CTN Lifestyle and Heartland. Small Town Big Deal has received the Parents Television Council Seal of Approval.

The Tamron Hall Show

The Tamron Hall Show is an upcoming American talk show hosted by American news reporter Tamron Hall. Produced and distributed by Disney-ABC Domestic Television, it is scheduled to premiere on September 9, 2019 in first-run syndication on ABC Owned Television Stations.


WABC-TV, virtual and VHF digital channel 7, is the flagship television station of the American Broadcasting Company (ABC), licensed to New York, New York, United States. The station is owned by the ABC Owned Television Stations subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company. WABC-TV's studios are located on Lincoln Square on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, adjacent to ABC's corporate headquarters; its transmitter is located atop the Empire State Building.

WABC-TV is best known in broadcasting circles for its version of the Eyewitness News format and for its morning show, syndicated nationally by corporate cousin Disney–ABC Domestic Television.

In the few areas of the Eastern United States where an ABC station isn't receivable over-the-air, WABC is available on DirecTV and select cable systems.


WJRT-TV, virtual and VHF digital channel 12, is an ABC-affiliated television station licensed to Flint, Michigan, United States and serving the Flint/Tri-Cities television market. The station is owned by Gray Television. WJRT-TV's studios are located on Lapeer Road in Flint, with offices and a second newsroom for the Tri-Cities in Saginaw. The station's transmitter is located on Burt Road (near Bishop Road) in Albee Township, Michigan. On cable, WJRT-TV is carried on Comcast Xfinity channel 7 and on Charter Spectrum channel 11.


WLS-TV, virtual channel 7 (UHF digital channel 44), is an ABC owned-and-operated television station licensed to Chicago, Illinois, United States. The station is owned by the ABC Owned Television Stations subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company. WLS-TV's studios are located on North State Street near the Chicago Theatre in the Chicago Loop, and it shares transmitter facilities with Aurora-licensed UniMás owned-and-operated station WXFT-DT (channel 60) atop the Willis Tower on South Wacker Drive.


WTVD, virtual and VHF digital channel 11, is an ABC owned-and-operated television station licensed to Durham, North Carolina, United States and serving the Research Triangle region (Raleigh–Durham–Chapel Hill–Fayetteville). The station is owned by the ABC Owned Television Stations subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company. WTVD's main studios, offices, and newsroom are located on Liberty Street in downtown Durham, along with additional studios and news bureaus in both Raleigh and Fayetteville. The station's transmitter is located in Auburn. On-air branding uses ABC 11 as a station identifier, with the call letters taking a secondary role.

On cable, the station is carried on channel 9 in the Raleigh area, channel 6 in Durham and Chapel Hill, and channel 11 in most outlying areas of the market. On Charter Spectrum, WTVD is shown in high definition on digital channel 1200.

Walt Disney Television

Walt Disney Television is a subsidiary of Disney Media Networks that oversees television assets owned and operated by The Walt Disney Company. It was formerly called Disney–ABC Television Group, until Disney's acquisition of 21st Century Fox on March 20, 2019. Assets in the group include the ABC network; cable networks: Freeform, Disney Channels, FX and National Geographic channels; Disney Television Studios: ABC Studios, 20th Century Fox Television and Fox 21 Television Studios; ABC News; and ABC Owned Television Stations. The division also manages Disney's 50% equity stake in A&E Networks. Along with ESPN, Walt Disney Television are the two primary divisions of Disney Media Networks.

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