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NBC is an American English-language commercial terrestrial radio and television network that is a flagship property of NBCUniversal, a subsidiary of Comcast. The network is headquartered at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York City, with additional major offices near Los Angeles (at 10 Universal City Plaza), Chicago (at the NBC Tower), and Philadelphia (at the Comcast Technology Center). The network is one of the Big Three television networks.
NBC is sometimes referred to as the “Peacock Network”, in reference to its stylized peacock logo, introduced in 1956 to promote the company’s innovations in early color broadcasting. It became the network’s official emblem in 1979. It was founded in 1926 by the Radio Corporation of America (RCA), NBC is the oldest major broadcast network in the United States. At that time the parent company of RCA was General Electric (GE). In 1932, GE was forced to sell RCA and NBC as a result of antitrust charges.
In 1986, control of NBC passed back to General Electric (GE) through its $6.4 billion purchase of RCA. GE immediately began to liquidate RCA’s various divisions but retained NBC. After the acquisition by GE, Bob Wright became chief executive officer of NBC; he would remain in that position until his retirement in 2007 when he was succeeded by Jeff Zucker.
In 2003, French media company Vivendi merged its entertainment assets with GE, forming NBC Universal. Comcast purchased a controlling interest in the company in 2011, and acquired General Electric’s remaining stake in 2013. Following the Comcast merger, Zucker left NBCUniversal and was replaced as CEO by Comcast executive Steve Burke.
NBC has thirteen owned-and-operated stations and nearly 200 affiliates throughout the United States and its territories, some of which are also available in Canada and/or Mexico via pay-television providers or in border areas over-the-air; NBC also maintains brand licensing agreements for international channels in South Korea and Germany.
NBC Chicago is an NBC owned-and-operated television station licensed to Chicago, Illinois, United States. The station is owned by the NBC Owned Television Stations subsidiary of NBCUniversal, as part of a duopoly with Telemundo owned-and-operated station WSNS-TV (channel 44); NBCUniversal, a Comcast subsidiary, owns both networks, along with regional sports network NBC Sports Chicago. WMAQ-TV and WSNS-TV share studios at the NBC Tower on North Columbus Drive in the city’s Streeterville neighborhood and transmitter facilities atop the Willis Tower on South Wacker Drive in the Chicago Loop.
NBC 12 is an NBC-affiliated television station licensed to Richmond, Virginia, United States. The station is owned by Gray Television, as part of a duopoly with Ashland-licensed CW affiliate WUPV (channel 65). The two stations share studios on Midlothian Turnpike (US 60) in Richmond, where WWBT’s transmitter is also located.
WWBT is one of only a few stations in the country to have been affiliated with all three of the original major American television networks.
NBC Detroit is an NBC-affiliated television station licensed to Detroit, Michigan, United States. The station serves as the flagship broadcast property of the Graham Media Group subsidiary of Graham Holdings Company. WDIV-TV maintains studio facilities which also house the headquarters of Graham Media Group on West Lafayette Boulevard in Detroit.
It is the only major television station in the market with offices and studios within the Detroit city limits, while the market’s other television stations are based in Southfield (WDIV’s transmitter is, however, located on Greenfield Road in Southfield).
On cable, the station is available in standard definition on channel 14 on Comcast Xfinity’s Detroit city system (Mount Clemens-licensed independent station WADL (channel 38) is carried on cable channel 4; this is an artifact of the analog age where Detroit’s cable providers were unable to carry WDIV on cable channel 4 due to co-channel interference), channel 9 on Xfinity’s South Oakland County system, channel 4 in other suburbs and outlying areas and on AT&T U-verse, and channel 5 on Cogeco’s Windsor system, and in high definition on Xfinity channel 232, Cogeco channel 714, and U-verse channel 1004.
NBC Denver is an NBC-affiliated television station licensed to Denver, Colorado, United States. The station is owned by Tegna Inc., as part of a duopoly with MyNetworkTV affiliate KTVD (channel 20, which rebroadcasts KUSA’s signal on UHF channel 19.5 using virtual channel 9.4).
The two stations share studios on East Speer Boulevard in Denver’s Speer neighborhood (southeast of the studios of ABC affiliate KMGH-TV (channel 7) and the studios shared by Fox affiliate KDVR (channel 31) and CW affiliate KWGN-TV (channel 2)); KUSA’s transmitter is located atop Lookout Mountain, near Golden. In addition to its main studios, the station also operates a secondary studio and news bureau on Riverside Avenue in Fort Collins.
On cable, KUSA is available on Comcast Xfinity in standard definition on channel 9, and in high definition on digital channel 653. It is also carried on CenturyLink Prism channels 9 and 1009. The station is also carried by Carnival Cruise Lines through the in-room entertainment system available on ships touring the Caribbean and South Pacific.
NBC Bay Area
NBC Bay Area is an NBC owned-and-operated television station licensed to San Jose, California, United States and serving the San Francisco Bay Area. The station is owned by the NBC Owned Television Stations subsidiary of NBCUniversal (itself a subsidiary of Comcast), as part of a duopoly with Telemundo owned-and-operated station KSTS (channel 48), also licensed to San Jose; it is also sister to regional sports networks NBC Sports Bay Area and NBC Sports California. KNTV and KSTS share studios on North 1st Street in San Jose; KNTV’s transmitter is located on San Bruno Mountain. KNTV is available on Comcast Xfinity cable systems in the Bay Area on channel 3 (703 in HD).
NBC Bay Area is an NBC-affiliated television station licensed to Houston, Texas, United States. The station is owned by the Graham Media Group subsidiary of the Graham Holdings Company. KPRC’s studios are located on Southwest Freeway (I-69) in the Southwest Management District (formerly Greater Sharpstown), and its transmitter is located near Missouri City, in unincorporated northeastern Fort Bend County. It is the largest NBC affiliate (not owned by the network) station by market size.
Prior to the digital transition, KPRC was the only Houston station on the VHF dial whose cable channel position did not match its over-the-air analog channel, due to interference from the low-band VHF terrestrial signal; it was placed on Comcast Xfinity channel 12, instead. Other cable systems on the outer edges of the Houston media market carry KPRC on cable channel 2. It is also available on cable in Lufkin–Nacogdoches and Bryan–College Station.
NBC 7 SANDIEGO
NBC 7 SANDIEGO is a NBC owned-and-operated television station licensed to San Diego, California, United States. Owned by the NBC Owned Television Stations subsidiary of NBCUniversal (itself a subsidiary of Comcast), it is sister to Poway-licensed Telemundo owned-and-operated station KUAN-LD (channel 48). The two stations share studios on Granite Ridge Drive in the Serra Mesa section of San Diego and transmitter facilities southeast of Spring Valley.
KNSD’s on-air branding, NBC 7 San Diego, is derived from its cable channel position in the market on Spectrum, Cox Communications and AT&T U-verse. The station is also available on channel 39 on satellite providers DirecTV and Dish Network.
NBC Black list
NBC black list is a wanted fugitive mysteriously surrenders himself to the FBI and offers to help them in capturing deadly criminals. His sole condition is that he will work only with the new recruit, Elizabeth Keen.
NBC 4 Los Angeles
NBC Los Angeles is an NBC owned-and-operated television station licensed to Los Angeles, California, United States, serving as the network’s West Coast flagship outlet. The station is owned by the NBC Owned Television Stations subsidiary of NBCUniversal (itself a subsidiary of Comcast), as part of a duopoly with Corona-licensed Telemundo West Coast flagship KVEA (channel 52). The two stations share studios on Lankershim Boulevard in Universal City; KNBC’s transmitter is located on Mount Wilson.
In the few areas of the western United States where an NBC station is not receivable over-the-air, KNBC is available on satellite television through DirecTV.