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 the network's owned-and-operated stations plus ABC National Television Sales and Localish. It's operational headquarters and head office are in Albany, New York (formerly home to predecessor Capital Cities/ABC Inc.), with it's executive offices in the Los Angeles suburb of Glendale, California.

ABC's owned-and-operated television stations are in markets as large as the San Francisco Bay Area and as small as Beaumont, Texas.

History

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Capital Cities/ABC

The newly merged company, Capital Cities/ABC Inc., was forced to sell off some stations due to FCC ownership rules. Between them, ABC and Capital Cities owned more television stations than FCC rules allowed at the time. Of the former Capital Cities television stations, the merged company opted to keep KTRK-TV in Houston, WKBW-TV in Buffalo, KTVX in Salt Lake City, WFTV in Orlando, WTEN-TV in Albany, WTVD-TV in Durham, and KFSN-TV in Fresno. FCC rules could have also forced a sale of Capital Cities' WPVI-TV in Philadelphia and WTNH-TV in New Haven as well due to a large signal overlap with WABC-TV, but the merged company successfully received two permanent waivers from the FCC - one for WPVI after citing CBS' ownership of television stations in New York City (WCBS-TV) and Philadelphia (at the time WCAU-TV) under grandfathered status and one for WTNH after citing the RKO Network's ownership of stations in New York City (WRKO-TV), Philadelphia (WRPH-TV) and New Haven (at the time WQUE-TV) under grandfathered status. The FCC rules also could have forced a sale of KBMT in Beaumont, Texas due to signal overlap with KTRK, but a waiver to keep the station was also secured after Capital Cities/ABC cited that KBMT was more close to the Lake Charles, Louisiana market than the Houston market.

Disney/ABC division

In 1998, ABC purchased WPDE-TV Florence-Myrtle Beach from Diversified Communications.

In 2004, ABC traded WICS in Springfield, Illinois to the Sinclair Broadcast Group in exchange for Tulsa's ABC affiliate KTUL and the Dayton, Ohio then-NBC affiliate WKEF. As part of the sale, WKEF swapped affiliations with then-ABC affiliate WDTN, returning ABC to WKEF as a ABC O&O.

In 2011, ABC traded WJRT-TV of Flint, Michigan and WTVG of Toledo, Ohio to Gray Television in exchange for KDNL-TV, ABC's St. Louis affiliate.

ABC Owned Television Stations launched its Localish digital media venture the week of September 20, 2018 with four shows. Localish focuses on mobile millennials with national appeal local short stories produced by the stations and released on digital and social platforms. The first series, More in Common, had already appeared via Facebook Watch. A More in Common compilation special was broadcast on all ABC station's primary channels on November 4, 2018 with WPVI-TV (Philadelphia) also on November 3 then on their LiveWell Network subchannel (.2) from November 4 through 11, 2018. On January 21, 2020, ABC Stations announced that the network will be rebranded as the Localish on February 17, 2020.

Units

  • ABC National Television Sales, Inc.
    • ABC Regional Sports & Entertainment Sales
  • Localish

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
TV (RF)
Owned since Owned by at merger Affiliation
Fresno, CA KFSN-TV 30 (30) 1986 CapCities ABC
Los Angeles KABC-TV ** 7 (7) 1949 ABC ABC
San Francisco - Oakland - San Jose KGO-TV ** 7 (12) 1949 ABC ABC
New Haven - Hartford WTNH 8 (10) 1986 CapCities ABC
Miami - Fort Lauderdale WPLG 10 (10) 1995 N/A ABC
Orlando, FL WFTV 9 (35) 1986 CapCities ABC
WRDQ 27 (27) 2001 N/A Independent
Chicago WLS-TV ** 7 (22) 1948 ABC ABC
Wichita KAKE 10 (10) 1995 N/A ABC
St. Louis KDNL-TV 30 (31) 2011 N/A ABC
Albany - Schenectady - Troy WTEN 10 (24) 1986 CapCities ABC
Buffalo WKBW-TV 7 (34)

1986

CapCities ABC
New York City WABC-TV ** 7 (7) 1948 ABC ABC
Raleigh - Durham - Fayetteville WTVD 11 (9) 1986 CapCities ABC
Dayton, OH WKEF 22 (34) 2004 N/A ABC
Tulsa KTUL 8 (10) 2004 N/A ABC
Florence - Myrtle Beach WPDE-TV 15 (27) 1998 N/A ABC
WWMB 21 (26) 2013 N/A The CW
Philadelphia WPVI-TV 6 (6) 1986 CapCities ABC
Beaumont, TX KBMT 12 (12) 1986 CapCities ABC
Houston KTRK-TV 13 (13) 1986 CapCities ABC
Salt Lake City KTVX 4 (30) 1986 CapCities ABC
KUCW 30 (35) 1994 N/A The CW
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