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NBC Owned Television Stations

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NBC Owned Television Stations
IndustryBroadcast television
Key people
Valari Staab, president[1]
OwnerNBC Broadcasting
ParentNBCUniversal Owned TV Stations[3]
Divisions11 TV stations
New England Cable News[3]
Cozi TV
Skycastle Entertainment
SubsidiariesNBC Local Media
NBC Television Stations Division

NBC Owned Television Stations (formerly NBC Local Media & NBC Television Stations Division (TVSD)[4]) is the division of NBCUniversal Owned TV Stations (NBCUniversal), a subsidiary of Comcast that oversees their owned-and-operated television stations, Cozi TV network, LXTV and Skycastle Entertainment, its in-house marketing and promotion company.


NBC Television Stations Division

NBC's owned and operated television stations group was formed by National Broadcasting Company (NBCUniversal's name at the time) as "NBC Television Stations Division (TVSD)".

In 1997, NBC and LIN Television Corporation formed Station Venture Holdings with LIN's KXAS and NBC's KNSD.[5]

NBC Local Media

In 2006, NBC sold four stations from its smallest markets. In November 2007, TVSD changed its name to NBC Local Media. In March 2008, Local Media decided to focus on growing websites and the top ten market stations placing WTVJ in Miami and WVIT in Hartford up for sale.[6]

LXTV was acquired in January 2008 by Local Media[7] followed in March by the purchased of Skycastle Entertainment, Local Media's former outside sales and marketing firm.[8] After NBC Weather Plus was shut down in late 2008, WNBC launched a replacement programming of local information, news and livestyle as NBC New York Nonstop in March 2009 using LXTV programs.[9] In January 2009, Local Media and Fox Television Stations set up a local news sharing service starting with their Philadelphia stations after testing since the summer of 2008. Footage will be made available to other local media.[10] On July 29, 2009, NBC Local Integrated Media replaced the standard station extension websites with city centric websites using web addresses.[11]

In February 2010, the NBC stations launched a new website,, a restaurant news, blog and aggregate critic feature.[12] Additional vertical websites were also launched including The Goods and The 20. Stations are encouraged by Local Media to develop their own specialized websites. The 20 is for the top special interest articles and the Goods is a group buying website launched in May.[13]

In late 2010 and early 2011, eight more NBC O&O stations adopted the Nonstop digital subchannel format including the three California as one network. Each stations' Nonstop subchannel has eight hours of local programming along with core programming from affiliated production company's, LXTV: Talk Stoop, First Look and Open House.[14]

NBC Owned Television Stations

In Summer 2011, the company started to sell national advertising on behalf of affiliated cable channel, New England Cable News (NECN).[15] In June, Local Media's new president. Valari Staab. renamed the company to NBC Owned Television Stations (NBCOTS).[1]

On November 3, 2011, NBCOTS announced that its seven local Nonstop subchannels would become a single national network, Nonstop Network. The Network will also add its stations that currently do not have a Nonstop subchannel and beyond to other markets.[16] A NBC executive indicated that the independent formatted Nonstop channels were doing well but needed separate 24/7 programming. The Network will have daytime retro reruns and evening lifestyle shows. Local stations will be able to pre-empt the national programming. By July 2012, NBC was also considering renaming the Network to "Bob TV" or some other name.[17]

With Comcast purchasing controlling interest from GE of NBCUniversal in 2011, NBC stations were required by the Federal Communications Commission to develop partnership agreements with nonprofit news organizations.[13] TheFeast website was transferred to NBCU affiliate in November.[18] In December, four NBC stations indicated their non-profit news partners with the partnership modeled after KNSD and Voice of San Diego's preexisting one.[19]

With the success of the NECN advertising partnership in April 2012, the division and the Comcast Sports Group extended the partnership nationwide with four additional markets where there are both a Comcast SportsNet channel and a NBC-owned station (New England, Mid-Atlantic, Northwest, and Philadelphia).[15] On October 24, 2012, NBCOTS announced it will relaunch the NBC Nonstop network as Cozi TV, which will feature classic TV shows, movies and, original programming.[20]

In February 2013, LIN Media pulled out of its Station Venture Operations joint venture with NBCUniversal as part of a corporate reorganization, giving NBC 100% ownership of the venture's two stations, KNSD and KXAS-TV.[21]

In July 2013, NBCOTS and Telemundo's O&Os station groups were brought together under a newly formed division, NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations under NBC TV Station president Valari Staab, with NECN was transferred into NBC Stations.[3]

With four NBC stations already having 4 PM newscasts, in late May the remaining four stations, WNBC, KNBC, WTVJ, and WVIT, added 4 PM news.[22] KNTV, however, is the only NBC O&O left that doesn't have its own 4 PM news.

On January 7, 2016, NBCOTS announced that it would launch an NBC O&O in Boston on January 1, 2017, replacing WHDH. [23] It was originally rumored that NBC would air primary on a WNEU channel, however on November 1, it was announced that NBC would use Boston-area translator WBTS-LD (acquired from WNEU's former operator ZGS Communications), with WNEU airing NBC Boston on its DT2 channel for the New Hampshire side of the DMA.[24][25][26]

NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations

NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations
IndustryBroadcast television
FoundedJuly 23, 2013 (2013-07-23)
Key people
Valari Staab, president
ParentNBC Broadcasting
DivisionsNBC Owned Television Stations
Telemundo Station Group

NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations is a station holding division with two groups, NBC Owned Television Stations and Telemundo Station Group.


In July 2013, NBC Owned Television Stations and Telemundo's O&Os stations to form a new division, NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations under NBC TV Station president Valari Staab.[3]


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



  • (**) - indicates a station built and signed on by NBC.
  • (++) - simulcast on digital subchannel of Telemundo O&O WNEU, Merrimack, New Hampshire.
  • (‡‡) - simulcasts WBTS-LD via a channel sharing agreement with PBS member station WGBX-TV Boston as a full-power simulcast; licensed to Nashua, New Hampshire.
  • (¤¤) - regional all-news cable channel; does not normally carry NBC network programming (unlike the other stations listed below).
  • (~~) - indicates a station that was owned by The Outlet Company prior to its sale to NBC in 1996.
City of license / Market Station Channel
Owned Since
Los Angeles KNBC ** 4 (36) 1949
San Diego KNSD 39 (40) 1996
San Jose - San Francisco - Oakland KNTV 11 (12) 2002
New Britain - Hartford - New Haven WVIT 30 (35) 1997
(previously owned from 1956–1960)
Washington, D.C. WRC-TV ** 4 (48) 1947
Miami - Fort Lauderdale WTVJ 6 (31) 1987
Chicago WMAQ-TV ** 5 (29) 1948
Boston WBTS-LD 8 (46) 2016 ++
WYCN-CD ‡‡ 15 (43) 2018 ++
NECN ¤¤ Cable 2009
New York City WNBC ** 4 (28) 1941
Philadelphia WCAU 10 (34) 1995
San Juan, PR WKAQ-TV 2.3 (28) 2014
Fort Worth - Dallas KXAS-TV 5 (41) 1998


City of license / Market Station Channel
Years owned Current ownership status
Birmingham, AL WVTM-TV 13 (13) 1996–2006 NBC affiliate owned by Hearst Television
Denver KCNC-TV 4 (35) 1986–1995 CBS owned-and-operated (O&O)
Buffalo, NY WBUF-TV 17 1955–1958 PBS member station, WNED-TV, owned by Western New York Public Broadcasting Association
Goldsboro - Raleigh - Durham, NC WNCN ~~ 17 (17) 1996–2006 CBS affiliate owned by Nexstar Media Group
Philadelphia WPTZ/WRCV-TV 3 (26) 1956–1965 CBS owned-and-operated (O&O), KYW-TV
Cleveland WNBK/WKYC-TV ** [n2 1] 3 (17) 1948–1956
NBC affiliate owned by Tegna, Inc.
Columbus, OH WCMH-TV ~~ 4 (14) 1996–2006 NBC affiliate owned by Nexstar Media Group
Providence, RI - New Bedford, MA WJAR-TV ~~ 10 (51) 1996–2006 NBC affiliate owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group
Salt Lake City KUTV 2 (34) 1994–1995 CBS affiliate owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group
  1. ^ NBC sold controlling interest (51 percent) of WKYC-TV to Multimedia, Inc. in 1991. Multimedia was purchased in whole by Gannett Company (predecessor of Tegna, Inc.) in 1995; Gannett purchased NBC's remaining shares (49 percent) in 1999.

Telemundo Station Group

  • (**) - Indicates a station built and signed on by Telemundo
  • (++) - Indicates a station owned by ZGS Communications before its sale to NBCUniversal's Telemundo Station Group in 2018
City of license / Market Station Channel
Owned since
Phoenix KTAZ 39 (39) 2002
Tucson, AZ KHRR 40 (40) 2002
(repeater of KHRR)
28 (N/A) N/A
Fresno, CA KNSO[n3 1] 51 (11) 2003
Corona - Los Angeles KVEA ** 52 (39) 1985
San Diego KUAN-LD 48 (40) 2017
San Jose - San Francisco KSTS ** 48 (49) 1984
(repeater of KNTV)
15 (N/A) N/A
Springfield, Massachusetts WDMR-LD 50 (51) 2018
Denver KDEN-TV 25 (29) 2006
Hartford WRDM-CD ++ 50 (19) 2018
Washington, D.C. WZDC-CD ++ 25 (25) 2018
Fort Myers WWDT-CD ++ 43 (43) 2018
Miami WSCV ** 51 (30) 1987
Orlando WTMO-CD ++ 31 (31) 2018
Tampa WRMD-CD ++ 49 (49) 2018
Chicago WSNS-TV[n3 2] 44 (45) 1996
Merrimack, NH - Boston, MA WNEU 60 (34) 2002
Las Vegas KBLR 39 (40) 2005
Linden, NJ - New York, NY WNJU ** 47 (36) 1984
Atlantic City, NJ - Philadelphia, PA WWSI 49 (62) 2013
San Juan, PR WKAQ-TV **[n3 3] 2 (28) 1987
Providence, RI WRIW-CD ++ 50 (36) 2018
Dallas - Fort Worth KXTX-TV 39 (40) 2001
Houston KTMD ** 47 (48) 1987
Las Cruces, NM - El Paso, TX KTDO ++ 48 (47) 2018
Rio Grande City, TX KTLM 40 (40) 2013
San Antonio KVDA ** 60 (38) 1989
Salt Lake City KEJT-LP
(repeater of KULX-CD)
50 (N/A) 1993
Richmond, VA WZTD-LD ++ 45 (45) 2018
Raleigh, NC WRTD-CD ++ 54 (49) 2018
  1. ^ NBCUniversal holds the license to this station, although it is operated by Serestar Communications.
  2. ^ This station was jointly owned by Ensaness Communications from 1996 to 2003.
  3. ^ Since 2014, WKAQ also carries a mainly WNBC-sourced NBC affiliate, NBC Puerto Rico, in English on their DT3 channel.

Station Venture Holdings

Station Venture Holdings, LLC.
Joint venture
IndustryBroadcast television
DefunctFebruary 2013 (2013-02)
OwnersNBC (79.62%)
LIN Television Corporation (20.38%)[27]
DivisionsStation Venture Operations, LP
WBTS-LD (post-joint venture)

Station Venture Holdings, LLC was a venture between NBC and LIN Television Corporation[27] that included Station Venture Operations, LP that operates two NBC affiliated television stations -- KNSD and KXAS-TV.[28] These stations when in the JV were considered owned and operated stations as NBC holds a majority stake in the venture.[29] WBTS-LD was added to this venture in November 2016 as the licensee for that station.


The venture began in 1997 when LIN sold a controlling interest in KXAS to NBC, and NBC contributed KNSD to the resulting partnership. Owing to their controlling stake in the partnership, NBC took operational control of both stations.[5] In February 2013, LIN pulled out of its Station Venture Operations joint venture with NBCUniversal as part of a corporate reorganization, giving NBC 100% ownership of KXAS and KNSD. LIN paid NBC around $100 million to allow for the transaction.[21] The stations remain under this name for FCC licensing purposes, along with WBTS-LD.


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