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14 Facts About the American Broadcasting Company

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The American Broadcasting Company is an American commercial broadcast television network that is owned by the Disney–ABC Television Group, a subsidiary of the Disney Media Networks division of The Walt Disney Company.

A television network is a telecommunications network for distribution of television program content, whereby a central operation provides programming to many television stations or pay television providers.

The Walt Disney Company, commonly known as Disney, is an American diversified multinational mass media and entertainment conglomerate headquartered at the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, California.

Television or TV is a telecommunication medium used for transmitting moving images in monochrome, or in color, and in two or three dimensions and sound.

History of ABC (American Broadcasting Company) Logos 1946-2014 (Update) by Davidholanda1

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The network is headquartered on Columbus Avenue and West 66th Street in Manhattan, New York City.

Manhattan is the most densely populated borough of New York City, its economic and administrative center, and the city's historical birthplace.

The City of New York, often called New York City, New York, or simply The City, is the most populous city in the United States.

ABC (American Broadcasting Company) 1946 - 2008 by identchannel

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There are additional major offices and production facilities elsewhere in New York City, as well as in Los Angeles and Burbank, California.

Los Angeles, officially the City of Los Angeles and often known by its initials L.A., is the second-most populous city in the United States, the most populous city in California and the county seat of Los Angeles County.

Burbank is a city in Los Angeles County in Southern California, United States, 12 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles.

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Since 2007, when ABC Radio was sold to Citadel Broadcasting, ABC has reduced its broadcasting operations almost exclusively to television.

Citadel Broadcasting Corporation was a Las Vegas, Nevada-based broadcast holding company.

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The fifth-oldest major broadcasting network in the world and the youngest of the Big Three television networks, ABC is often nicknamed as "The Alphabet Network", as its initialism also represents the first three letters of the English alphabet, in order.

The modern English alphabet is a Latin alphabet consisting of 26 letters – exactly the same letters that are found in the ISO basic Latin alphabet:

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ABC originally launched on October 12, 1943, as a radio network, separated from and serving as the successor to the NBC Blue Network, which had been purchased by Edward J. Noble.

There are two types of radio networks currently in use around the world: the one-to-many broadcast network commonly used for public information and mass media entertainment; and the two-way radio type used more commonly for public safety and public services such as police, fire, taxicabs, and delivery services.

The Blue Network, and its immediate predecessor, the NBC Blue Network, were the on-air names of the now defunct American radio production and distribution service, which ran from 1927 to 1945.

The National Broadcasting Company is an American commercial broadcast television network that is the flagship property of NBCUniversal, a subsidiary of Comcast.

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It extended its operations to television in 1948, following in the footsteps of established broadcast networks CBS and NBC.

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In the mid-1950s, ABC merged with United Paramount Theatres, a chain of movie theaters that formerly operated as a subsidiary of Paramount Pictures.

Paramount Pictures Corporation is an American film studio, television production company and motion picture distributor, consistently ranked as one of the "Big Six" film studios of Hollywood.

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Leonard Goldenson, who had been the head of UPT, made the new television network profitable by helping develop and greenlight many successful series.

Leonard H. Goldenson was President of the U.S. television and radio broadcaster ABC.

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In the 1980s, after purchasing an 80% interest in cable sports channel ESPN, the network's corporate parent, American Broadcasting Companies, Inc., merged with Capital Cities Communications, owner of several print publications, and television and radio stations.

ESPN is a U.S.-based global cable and satellite television channel owned by ESPN Inc., a joint venture between The Walt Disney Company and the Hearst Corporation.

Capital Cities Communications was an American media company best known for its surprise purchase of the much larger American Broadcasting Company in 1985.

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In 1996, most of Capital Cities/ABC's assets were purchased by The Walt Disney Company.

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The television network has eight owned-and-operated and over 232 affiliated television stations throughout the United States and its territories.

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Most Canadians have access to at least one U.S.-based ABC affiliate, either over-the-air or through a cable, satellite or IPTV provider, although most ABC programs are subject to simultaneous substitution regulations imposed by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission that allow pay television providers to replace an American station's signal with the feed of a Canadian broadcaster to protect domestic programming rights and advertising revenue.

Simultaneous substitution is a practice mandated by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission requiring cable television, direct broadcast satellite, IPTV and MMDS television distribution companies in Canada to distribute the signal of a local or regional over-the-air station in place of the signal of a foreign or non-local television station, when the two stations are broadcasting identical programming simultaneously.

Internet Protocol television is the delivery of television content using signals based on the logical Internet protocol, rather than through traditional terrestrial, satellite signal, and cable television formats.

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission is a public organisation in Canada with mandate as a regulatory agency for broadcasting and telecommunications.

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ABC News provides news and features content for select radio stations owned by Citadel Broadcasting, which purchased the ABC Radio properties in 2007.

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