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WBTS-LD, virtual channel 8 (UHF digital channel 46), is an NBC owned-and-operated low-powered television station licensed to Boston, Massachusetts
Massachusetts
in the United States. The station is owned by the NBC Owned Television Stations (NBC-OTVS) subsidiary of the NBCUniversal division of Comcast, and operates as part of a de facto duopoly with Merrimack, New Hampshire-licensed Telemundo
Telemundo
owned-and-operated station WNEU
WNEU
(channel 60). The two stations share studio facilities with sister regional cable news channel New England Cable News
New England Cable News
(NECN) on Wells Avenue in Newton, and its transmitter is located in Needham. The station was founded in 1995 as W32AY by the Spanish-language television network Telemundo. Later, as WTMU-LP, it carried that network as a translator of WNEU, whose signal did not reach the entire city of Boston. On January 7, 2016, NBC-OTVS President Valari Staab confirmed that NBC had declined to renew its affiliation with Boston-based WHDH, and that it planned to launch an owned-and-operated outlet to be known as NBC Boston
Boston
on January 1, 2017. At the time, NBC
NBC
did not announce which stations would be used to carry the new service over-the-air, and WHDH's owner Sunbeam Television
Sunbeam Television
sued NBCUniversal
NBCUniversal
under the presumption that it planned to only use WNEU, contending that doing so would have considerably reduced the ability of viewers to receive the network over the air in Boston, thus bolstering the cable services provided by NBC's parent company Comcast
Comcast
in the city. On August 31, 2016, NBCUniversal
NBCUniversal
filed to acquire the low-power station from its owner ZGS Communications. The following month, ZGS filed a request to the FCC to upgrade the station to a digital signal. NBC
NBC
later announced that the station, renamed WBTS-LD, would serve as the main station of the NBC
NBC
Boston
Boston
service as part of a simulcast with WNEU-DT2 (virtual 60.2). NBC
NBC
also leased a subchannel of WMFP
WMFP
(virtual channel 60.5) in Lawrence, Massachusetts
Massachusetts
to provide an alternate full-power signal for viewers in the Boston
Boston
area. In 2018 it started an additional transmission service in the Boston
Boston
area through a channel-sharing agreement with WGBX-TV, under the license of WYCN-CD. WBTS-LD
WBTS-LD
is carried on channel 10 by most local cable television providers.[1][2]

Contents

1 History

1.1 Early years 1.2 Sale and switch to NBC

1.2.1 Launch

1.3 Later developments

2 Digital television

2.1 Digital channels

3 Repeaters 4 Cable and satellite distribution 5 News operation

5.1 Notable current on-air staff

6 Canadian and out-of-market coverage 7 See also 8 References 9 External links

History[edit] Early years[edit] The station first signed on the air in April 1995 as W32AY, operating on UHF channel 32[3] from the Prudential Tower
Prudential Tower
in Boston
Boston
as a Telemundo
Telemundo
owned-and-operated station.[4] In September 2000, the station began to simulcast its programming on WWDP
WWDP
(channel 46), giving it a chance to better compete with Univision
Univision
affiliate WUNI (channel 27), the established Spanish-language station in the area.[5][6] Telemundo
Telemundo
sold W32AY to ZGS Communications in 2001.[7] In February 2002, W32AY changed its call letters to WTMU-LP, and on July 1, WWDP
WWDP
discontinued its relay of the station's programming.[5][6] In December 2002, NBC
NBC
(which had acquired Telemundo
Telemundo
in 2001) purchased WPXB (channel 60, now WNEU);[8] WNEU
WNEU
began to carry Telemundo programming as a satellite of WTMU in April 2003.[9] WTMU went off-the-air in 2004, as the channel 32 allocation had been assigned to WBPX for its digital signal,[10] and the station's attempt to move to channel 67 was hindered by interference from WBPX's analog signal on channel 68.[11] WTMU resumed broadcasting operations in December 2006; it reduced its effective radiated power and relocated its transmitter to a tower in Medford to alleviate the interference.[11] Although low-power stations were exempt from the 2009 analog shutdown that full-service stations were subject to, WTMU initiated plans for a digital signal on October 27, 2006 by applying for a construction permit for a digital companion channel on VHF channel 3.[12] On August 28, 2008, WTMU changed its plans and applied to flash-cut to channel 42, which was to have become available after WHDH-TV moved its digital signal to VHF channel 7;[13] the original application was dismissed by the Federal Communications Commission
Federal Communications Commission
(FCC) on March 27, 2009,[14] but a new application was filed on May 21.[15] A move was necessary, as the spectrum that channel 67 is located within had been auctioned off and was being removed from the television bandplan as a result of the transition.[15] Before WTMU's application could be approved, WHDH requested to return its digital signal to channel 42, leading WTMU to withdraw its application for the channel on August 24 and filing instead to move to channel 46;[16] the FCC dismissed the channel 42 application on August 26, 2009,[17] at the same time also canceling the construction permit for the previously-proposed digital companion channel.[12] In the meantime, WTMU was unable to get a digital signal on the air before being forced to terminate the analog signal on April 9, 2010, resulting in the station suspending operations.[18] To avoid losing its license due to not broadcasting for a year, WTMU resumed broadcasting on April 4, 2011, using its existing analog facilities but operating on channel 46 under special temporary authority.[19][20] It again suspended operations on April 9, but returned to the air on March 14, 2012.[21] Sale and switch to NBC[edit] In August 2015, Broadcasting & Cable reported that NBCUniversal was considering the possibility of purchasing former NBC
NBC
affiliate WHDH (channel 7), whose affiliation was set to expire at the end of 2016.[22] In October 2015, The Boston
Boston
Globe reported that NBC
NBC
had considered moving the affiliation to its cable channel New England Cable News (NECN) rather than to an over-the-air channel, although the company declined to comment.[23] On December 15, 2015, New England
New England
One reported, citing internal sources, that NBCUniversal
NBCUniversal
had declined to renew its affiliation with WHDH, and was in the process of preparing WTMU-LP's parent station, WNEU, to become an NBC
NBC
O&O by hiring staff for an English-language news operation, including former WHDH meteorologist Pete Bouchard.[24][25] The Boston
Boston
Herald reported two days later that the station would prospectively be branded as "NBC Boston", and that WNEU's existing Telemundo
Telemundo
programming could be moved to a different subchannel. Following the reports, Paul Magnes, WHDH's vice president and general manager, told the Herald that the station still expected its NBC
NBC
affiliation to be renewed, while NBCUniversal again declined to comment.[24] Sunbeam argued that WNEU's signal served 4 million fewer viewers than WHDH because it is located in Merrimack, New Hampshire, which is northwest of Boston, rather than in Boston
Boston
proper. WNEU's signal only has overlap with the northwest portion of WHDH's signal.[26][27] Sunbeam's owner, Ed Ansin, told the Globe that "No network has elected to give up such a strong station and go to a startup station," after having disclosed that he had rejected a $200 million offer to sell WHDH to NBC
NBC
in September 2015, leading the network to threaten to shift its programming to WNEU; however, he still predicted that NBC would remain on channel 7.[28] On January 7, 2016, Valari Staab, president of NBC
NBC
Owned Television Stations, confirmed that NBC
NBC
had declined to renew its affiliation with WHDH beyond the end of 2016, and would launch NBC
NBC
Boston
Boston
on January 1, 2017; Staab explained that with NBC's recent investments into the studio facilities of NECN and WNEU, "we have built a very strong news organization in the Boston
Boston
market—both from a personnel and facilities perspective—which puts us in a great position to launch an NBC-owned station locally." The station is led by NECN and Telemundo
Telemundo
Boston's general manager Mike St. Peter. Staab did not outright confirm whether WNEU
WNEU
would carry NBC
NBC
programming, but iterated that the network would remain available over-the-air following the transition, and that NBCUniversal
NBCUniversal
was "committed to expanding our over-the-air coverage of the market and are currently looking at a variety of options to accomplish that".[29][30][31] On March 10, 2016, Sunbeam Television
Sunbeam Television
sued Comcast
Comcast
in the District Court for the District of Massachusetts, arguing that moving NBC
NBC
to WNEU
WNEU
would violate antitrust law by strengthening its near-monopoly position in the market, and FCC conditions on Comcast's acquisition of NBC, as the company had agreed not to reduce over-the-air coverage of NBC, nor use its cable holdings to influence affiliation negotiations.[27][32][33] On May 16, 2016, the lawsuit was thrown out, with the judge arguing that the possible loss of OTA coverage was "not a concern that WHDH has standing to redress", and that "absent any actionable harm attributable to Comcast, it is simply an indurate consequence of doing business in an competitive and unsentimental marketplace."[34] On May 18, 2016, the Boston
Boston
Herald reported that NBCUniversal
NBCUniversal
was considering acquiring Ion Television station
Television station
WBPX-TV (channel 68). The Ion Media Networks-owned station covers a similar coverage area to WHDH, lessening the impact of a potential switch.[35] On June 13, 2016, the Herald also suggested that NBC
NBC
could purchase or trade for Fox station WFXT
WFXT
(channel 25) to use as its O&O instead (which would cause WHDH to theoretically switch from NBC
NBC
to Fox, the same affiliation as its Miami sister station), believing that Cox Media Group (which had received the station in a trade with Fox Television Stations for its San Francisco station KTVU) would be interested in divesting the station due to declines it has faced since the sale. WFXT's general manager, WHDH's general manager, and NBC
NBC
denied that any of these ideas were being considered.[36] On August 31, 2016, ZGS Communications agreed to sell WTMU-LP to NBCUniversal's Station Venture Operations subsidiary for $100,000. Concurrently, ZGS entered into a local programming and marketing agreement with another NBCUniversal
NBCUniversal
subsidiary, WBTS Television, LLC, to operate WTMU-LP.[37] The sale was approved by the FCC on October 28[38] and completed on November 4.[39] On September 14, 2016, ZGS filed for a license to cover WTMU's digital construction permit: that is, to upgrade the station to a digital signal;[40] the license was granted on September 21, 2016.[41] On September 19, 2016 (four days after the sale of WTMU was filed with the FCC), NBCUniversal
NBCUniversal
announced that it was in the process of acquiring a Boston
Boston
station to supplement WNEU's coverage, which it said would "factor into our plan" to create the NBC
NBC
owned-and-operated station that would replace WHDH;[42][43] the company did not confirm that the station was WTMU.[43] The station's call letters were changed to WBTS-LD
WBTS-LD
on October 6, 2016;[44] on October 25, the station received FCC approval to switch its PSIP virtual channel number from 46 to channel 8, allowing it over-the-air parity within Boston
Boston
proper with other low-numbered stations.[45] Launch[edit]

The "Countdown NBC
NBC
Boston" Logo used between November 10, 2016 and December 31, 2016

On November 1, 2016, NBCUniversal
NBCUniversal
officially announced that it would broadcast its new NBC
NBC
Boston
Boston
service across WBTS-LD
WBTS-LD
and WNEU-DT2, and unveiled details surrounding the station's launch programming and news department. Mike St. Peter pointed out that although the two stations combined would not have the same over-the-air coverage as WHDH, 97% of viewers in the Boston
Boston
market were pay television subscribers, and NBC would "continue to look for how we can improve over-the-air service".[46][47][1] On November 10, 2016, WBTS-LD
WBTS-LD
and WNEU-DT2 began to carry a transitional programming service branded as Countdown NBC
NBC
Boston. The service was designed to promote the switch and assist viewers in locating NBC
NBC
Boston's over-the-air channels; it featured NBC
NBC
Boston's future syndicated programming, programs from Cozi TV, and newscasts simulcast from NECN. The NBC
NBC
Boston
Boston
website and social media outlets were also launched at this time.[47] On December 12, 2016, NBC announced that it would lease a digital subchannel on WMFP
WMFP
in Lawrence to further expand WBTS-LD's coverage in Greater Boston.[48][49] The WMFP
WMFP
subchannel uses virtual channel 60.5.[2]

Logo used as NBC
NBC
Boston

The change in affiliation officially took effect at 3:00 a.m. ET on January 1, 2017. WBTS is the third station in Boston
Boston
to carry NBC after WBZ-TV
WBZ-TV
(channel 4) and WHDH. As a final pre-launch promotion for the switch, WBTS broadcast coverage of Boston's First Night
First Night
New Year's Eve festivities hosted by the station's lead news anchors Phil Lipof and Shannon Mulaire, which was also simulcast across NECN, WNEU, and CSN New England. Meanwhile, WHDH carried its final night of NBC primetime programming on December 31, 2016, including the network's national New Year's coverage.[2][46][1][50] Later developments[edit] During 2017, the station referred to itself in most promotions as "NBC Boston
Boston
Channel 10", citing its cable channel number in the market rather than its virtual channel 8 for WBTS-LD
WBTS-LD
or virtual channel 60 for the repeaters WNEU
WNEU
or WMFP. On December 31, 2017, in concert with its First Night
First Night
coverage, WBTS-LD
WBTS-LD
introduced a new logo and brand designation as NBC
NBC
10 Boston,[51] although the nearby Providence, Rhode Island, NBC
NBC
affiliate WJAR, which has broadcast as channel 10 since 1953, also uses the brand designation " NBC
NBC
10". Master control facilities for WBTS are co-located with Telemundo station KDEN-TV, in Centennial, Colorado. On October 18, 2017, NBC
NBC
agreed to purchase WYCN-CD,[52] a New Hampshire station that had sold its frequency rights as part of the Federal Communications Commission's spectrum auction.[53] This purchase gave NBC
NBC
a channel-sharing agreement with public broadcaster WGBH Educational Foundation
WGBH Educational Foundation
to transmit NBC's programming in the Boston
Boston
market through the facilities of WGBX-TV.[54] Digital television[edit] Digital channels[edit] The station's digital channel is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP
PSIP
short name Programming[55][56]

8.1 1080i 16:9 WBTS-LD Main WBTS-LD
WBTS-LD
programming / NBC

8.2 Tele Simulcast of WNEU

8.3 480i Cozi Cozi TV

8.4 TeleXo Simulcast of WNEU-DT3

Repeaters[edit] While WBTS-LD
WBTS-LD
is technically considered the main station and official NBC
NBC
affiliate for the Boston–Manchester market, the signal of the low-powered WBTS-LD
WBTS-LD
is simulcast on the digital subchannels of two other NBC-owned stations within the market to ensure reception across eastern Massachusetts, southern and central New Hampshire
New Hampshire
and some adjacent areas.[50][49]

Station City of license Channels TV / (RF) Subchannel Video Aspect First air date ERP HAAT Transmitter Coordinates Facility ID Public license information

WNEU
WNEU
1 Merrimack, New Hampshire 60 (PSIP) 34 (UHF) 60.2 NBC 60.4 Cozi TV 1080i
1080i
(DT2) 480i
480i
(DT4) 16:9 August 14, 1987; 30 years ago (1987-08-14) 80 kW 293 m 42°59′2.4″N 71°35′18.6″W / 42.984000°N 71.588500°W / 42.984000; -71.588500 (WNEU) 51864 Profile CDBS

WYCN-CD2 Nashua, New Hampshire 15 (PSIP)4 36 (UHF) 15.1 NBC 15.2 Cozi TV 1080i
1080i
(DT1) 480i
480i
(DT2) 16:9 1988; 30 years ago (1988) 500 kW 391 m 42°18′37″N 71°14′14″W / 42.31028°N 71.23722°W / 42.31028; -71.23722 (WYCN-CD) 9766 Profile CDBS

1 WNEU
WNEU
is considered by the Federal Communications Commission
Federal Communications Commission
as the parent license of WBTS-LD.[57] 2 WYCN-CD
WYCN-CD
is for all intents and purposes a full-power station transmitting through a channel sharing agreement from the WGBX-TV transmitter in Needham, Massachusetts.

Cable and satellite distribution[edit] On cable and satellite, WBTS-LD
WBTS-LD
is primarily carried on channel 10.[1][2] News operation[edit] WBTS-LD
WBTS-LD
presently[when?] broadcasts 44 hours of locally produced newscasts each week (with 7 hours, 5 minutes on weekdays, 3½ hours on Saturdays and 5 hours, 5 minutes on Sundays); in addition, the station produces the half-hour lifestyle program The Hub Today, which airs weekday afternoons, and the weekly half-hour public affairs program This is New England, which airs Sunday mornings.[1][46] It also utilizes a news helicopter (SkyRanger), a storm-chaser satellite truck (Weather Warrior), mobile weather radar vehicles (StormRanger), a consumer affairs unit ( NBC
NBC
10 Boston
Boston
Responds) and an investigative reporting unit (The Investigators).[1] Notable current on-air staff[edit]

JC Monahan, anchor Phil Lipof, anchor Pete Bouchard, meteorologist

Canadian and out-of-market coverage[edit] WBTS is one of several Boston
Boston
television stations uplinked to provide U.S. network programming to television providers in Canada, particularly in Atlantic Canada.[58] On November 11, 2016, Canadian telecommunications company Bell Canada, which distributes Boston's broadcast network affiliates on its satellite, IPTV, and cable TV services in much of eastern Canada and via satellite uplink to other providers, filed a request with the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to add WBTS's main feed to the CRTC's list of foreign television channels authorized for distribution in Canada, which was additionally supported by Rogers Cable
Rogers Cable
for their systems in Atlantic Canada.[59] The request was approved by the CRTC on December 20, 2016; television providers who carried WHDH, including Bell, Eastlink, and Rogers among others, replaced the station with WBTS.[58] See also[edit]

Channel 8 virtual TV stations in the United States Channel 46 digital TV stations in the United States Channel 46 low-power TV stations in the United States WBMA-LD, which uses a similar setup in the Birmingham market to provide a full-market ABC affiliate to viewers

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External links[edit]

Official website Query the FCC's TV station database for WBTS-LD BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on WBTS-LD FAQ on NBC
NBC
Boston, Government of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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Television in Greater Boston

Reception may vary by location and some stations may only be viewable with cable television Network O&Os are in bold

English stations

WBZ-TV
WBZ-TV
(4.1 CBS, 4.2 Decades) WCVB-TV
WCVB-TV
(5.1 ABC, 5.2 MeTV) WHDT-LD (6.1 DW) WHDH (7.1 Ind., 7.2 This TV) WBTS-LD
WBTS-LD
(8.1 NBC, 8.3 Cozi TV) WFXT
WFXT
(25.1 Fox, 25.2 Escape, 25.3 Laff) WSBK-TV
WSBK-TV
(38.1 MNTV, 38.2 H&I) WWDP
WWDP
(46.1/46.2 EVINE Live) WYDN (48.1 Daystar) WLVI
WLVI
(56.1 CW, 56.2 Buzzr) WMFP
WMFP
(62.1 SBN, 62.3 Charge!, 62.4 Comet) WUNI
WUNI
(66.2 Bounce TV, 66.3 GetTV, 66.4 Grit) WBPX-TV/WDPX-TV (68.1/58.1 Ion, 68.2/58.2 Qubo, 68.3/58.3 Ion Life, 68.4/58.4 Ion Shop, 68.5/58.5 QVC, 68.6/58.6 HSN)

Public television

WGBH-TV
WGBH-TV
(2.1 PBS, 2.2 World) WGBX-TV
WGBX-TV
(44.1 PBS, 44.3 Create, 44.4 Kids)

Spanish stations

WBTS-LD
WBTS-LD
(8.2 TMD (via WNEU), 8.4 TXO (via WNEU)) WFXZ-CD
WFXZ-CD
(24.1/24.2 Azteca, 24.3/24.4 Infomercials) WUTF-TV (27.1 UniMás, 27.2 LATV) WCEA-LD
WCEA-LD
(58.1 Ind) WUNI
WUNI
(66.1 UNI)

New Hampshire

WMUR-TV
WMUR-TV
(9.1 ABC, 9.2 MeTV) WENH-TV/WEKW-TV (11.1/52.1/11.2/52.2 PBS/NHPTV (x.1 Prime, x.2 Explore), 11.3/52.3 World, 11.4/52.4 Create, 11.5/52.5 PBS
PBS
Kids) WYCN-CD
WYCN-CD
(15.1 NBC
NBC
(from WBTS-LD), 15.2 Cozi TV
Cozi TV
(from WBTS-LD) (transmits via WGBX-TV)) WPXG-TV (21.1 Ion, 21.2 Qubo, 21.3 Ion Life, 21.4 Ion Shop, 21.5 QVC, 21.6 HSN) WLEK-LD (22.1 DrTV, Concord) WWJE-DT
WWJE-DT
(50.1 Justice) WNEU
WNEU
(60.1 TMD, 60.2 NBC
NBC
(from WBTS-LD), 60.3 TXO, 60.4 Cozi TV
Cozi TV
(from WBTS-LD))

Local cable channels

NECN NESN CatholicTV Charter TV3 BNNTV MCCTV NBC
NBC
Sports Boston NewTV RCNTV' WCCA-TV
WCCA-TV
(Worcester)

Adjacent locals

WNNE
WNNE
(31.1 NBC; Hartford, Vermont) WSBE-TV
WSBE-TV
(36.1 PBS, 36.2 Learn; Providence) WVTA (41.1/ PBS/VPBS, 41.2 PBS
PBS
Plus, 41.3 Create, 41.4 PBS
PBS
Kids; Windsor, Vermont)

Defunct

CN8 WHDH-TV 5 (ABC/CBS; unrelated to today's WHDH Ch. 7) WNAC-TV
WNAC-TV
7 (CBS/ABC; unrelated to today's WHDH or Providence's WNAC-TV) WJZB-TV 14 (Ind) WNHT 21 (Ind/CBS) WXPO-TV 50 (Ind) WTAO-TV 56 (ABC/DuMont) WXHR-TV 56 (experimental)

Adjacent areas Portland, Maine Hartford/New Haven

Massachusetts
Massachusetts
television Albany Boston Providence Springfield

Vermont
Vermont
Broadcast television Albany/Schenectady Boston, MA Burlington/Plattsburgh

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Broadcast television in Rhode Island
Rhode Island
and Bristol County, Massachusetts including Providence and New Bedford

Reception may vary by location and some stations may only be viewable with cable television

Local telecast stations

WLNE-TV
WLNE-TV
(6.1 ABC, 6.2 Grit, 6.3 Escape) WJAR
WJAR
(10.1 NBC, 10.2 MeTV, 10.3 Comet, 10.4 TBD) WPRI-TV
WPRI-TV
(12.1 CBS, 12.2 MyNetworkTV, 12.3 Bounce TV, 12.4 GetTV) WLWC
WLWC
(28.1 Ion Life) WSBE-TV
WSBE-TV
(36.1 PBS, 36.2 Learn) WRIW-CD (50.1 TMD) WNAC-TV
WNAC-TV
(64.1 Fox, 64.2 CW, 64.3 Laff) WPXQ-TV (69.1 Ion, 69.2 Qubo, 69.3 Ion Shop, 69.5 QVC, 69.6 HSN)

Greater Boston
Boston
stations available in region

WGBH-TV
WGBH-TV
(2.1 PBS, 2.2 World) WBZ-TV
WBZ-TV
(4.1 CBS, 4.2 Decades) WCVB-TV
WCVB-TV
(5.1 ABC, 5.2 MeTV) WHDH-TV (7.1 Ind., 7.2 This TV) WBTS-LD
WBTS-LD
(8.1 NBC, 8.2 TMD, 8.3 Cozi TV, 8.4 TXO) WFXT
WFXT
(25.1 Fox, 25.2 Escape, 25.3 Laff) WUNI
WUNI
(27.1 UNI) WSBK-TV
WSBK-TV
(38.1 MNTV) WGBX-TV
WGBX-TV
(44.1 PBS, 44.3 Create, 44.4 Kids) WWDP
WWDP
(46.1 EVINE Live) WLVI
WLVI
(56.1 CW, 56.2 Buzzr) WBPX-TV (68.1 Ion, 68.2 Qubo, 68.3 Ion Life)

Connecticut
Connecticut
stations available in region

WHPX-TV (26.1 Ion, 26.2 Qubo, 26.3 Ion Life) WEDN (53.1 PBS/CPTV, 53.3 CPTV Spirit)

Cable channels

NBC
NBC
Sports Boston NECN NESN OSN

Defunct channels

WNET/16 (ABC/DuMont) News Channel 5 Eyewitness News Pinpoint Weather Station Cox Sports

Massachusetts
Massachusetts
television Albany Boston Providence Springfield

Major telecast station area: New York City, Hartford/New Haven and Boston

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NBC
NBC
Network Affiliates in New England

Massachusetts

WBTS 8 & WYCN 15 (Boston/Nashua, NH) WWLP
WWLP
22 (Springfield)

Maine

WLBZ
WLBZ
2 (Bangor) WCSH
WCSH
6 (Portland)

New Hampshire

WCSH
WCSH
6 (Portland; serving Coos and Carroll Counties) WNNE
WNNE
31 (Hartford, VT; serving Grafton and Sullivan Counties) WBTS 8 (Boston; serving the rest of the state)

Vermont

WPTZ
WPTZ
5 (Plattsburgh; serving Burlington and most of Vermont) WNNE
WNNE
31 (Hartford; serving the Upper Connecticut
Connecticut
Valley counties) WNYT 13 (Albany; serving Bennington County) WBTS 8 (Boston; serving Windham County and Windsor County)

Rhode Island

WJAR
WJAR
10 (Providence)

Connecticut

WVIT
WVIT
30 (Hartford/New Haven)

See also ABC CBS CW Fox Ion MyNetworkTV NBC PBS Other stations in New England

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Owned TV Stations

KNBC KNSD KNTV KXAS-TV WBTS-LD
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& WYCN-CD WCAU WMAQ-TV WNBC WRC-TV WTVJ WVIT
WVIT
Other properties: Cozi TV

K15CU-D

LXTV New England
New England
Cable News

Telemundo Station Group

KBLR KDEN-TV KEJT-LP KHRR KNSD-DT20 KNSO[nu 9] KSTS KTAZ KTDO KTLM KTMD KVDA KVEA KXTX-TV WKAQ-TV WNEU WNJU WRDM-CD/WDMR-LP[nu 10] WRIW-CD WRMD-CD WSCV WSNS-TV WTMO-CD WWSI WWDT-CD WZTD-LD WZDC-CD[nu 10] Other properties: TeleXitos

Independent station

WZGS-CD

Other assets:

EMKA, Ltd. International Media Distribution PictureBox Films

Former/Defunct properties and predecessors:

Castle Films Chapman Entertainment Chiller CIC Video Cloo Comcast
Comcast
Network Esquire Network FilmDistrict G4 Good Machine Gramercy Pictures Harvey Films/Harvey Comics ITC Entertainment Interscope Communications Kitty Films Miss Universe[nu 11] Multimedia Entertainment MCA Inc. NBC
NBC
Weather Plus October Films Pacific Data Images PolyGram Filmed Entertainment Propaganda Films Seagram
Seagram
Company Ltd. Shift Seeso Total Television United Productions of America Universal HD ZGS Communications

^ Co-owned with The Amblin Group, Participant Media, Reliance Entertainment, Entertainment One
Entertainment One
and Alibaba Pictures. ^ Co-owned with China Media Capital, Shanghai Media Group
Shanghai Media Group
and Shanghai Alliance Investment. ^ Co-owned with Hearst Communications
Hearst Communications
and Verizon Communications. ^ 50%, with Viacom's Paramount Pictures. ^ Co-owned with 21st Century Fox, The Walt Disney Company
The Walt Disney Company
and Time Warner. ^ Co-owned with The Blackstone Group
The Blackstone Group
and Bain Capital. ^ Co-owned with Media Globe Networks and European public broadcasters. ^ Co-owned with Mediaset. ^ The station is owned by NBCUniversal, but is controlled by Serestar Communications. ^ a b Operated by NBCUniversal
NBCUniversal
under a local marketing agreement. ^ Co-owned with The Trump Organization
The Trump Organization
before September 2015 sale to WME/IMG.

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Owned-and-operated stations of the major television networks of the United States

Disney–ABC

ABC/Live Well (8):

KABC KFSN KGO KTRK WABC WLS WPVI WTVD

CBS
CBS
Corp.

CBS/Decades (14):

KCBS KCNC KDKA KOVR KPIX KTVT KYW WBBM WBZ WCBS WCCO WFOR WJZ WWJ

The CW
The CW
(w/WB) (8):

KBCW KMAX KSTW WKBD WPCW WPSG WTOG WUPA

21st Century Fox

Fox (17):

KDFW KMSP KRIV KSAZ KTBC KTTV KTVU WAGA WFLD WJBK WJZY WNYW WOFL/WOGX WTTG WTVT WTXF

MyNet (10):

KCOP KDFI KTXH KUTP WDCA WFTC WMYT WPWR3 WRBW WWOR

NBCU

NBC/Cozi (11):

KNBC KNSD KNTV KXAS WBTS & WYCN WCAU WMAQ WNBC WRC WTVJ WVIT

Telemundo/ TeleXitos
TeleXitos
(25):

KBLR KDEN KEJT-LP KHRR KNSO2 KSTS KTAZ KTDO KTLM KTMD KUAN-LD KVDA KVEA KXTX WKAQ WNEU WNJU WRDM-CD
WRDM-CD
& WDMR-CD4 WRMD-CD WRIW-CD WSCV WSNS WTMO-CD WWDT-CD WWSI WZTD-LD WZDC-CD4

Univision Comm.

Univision
Univision
(22):

KABE-CD KAKW KCEC1 KDTV KFTV KLUZ1 KMEX KTVW KUTH KUVE KUVN KUVS KWEX KXLN WFDC1 WGBO WLII/WSUR WLTV WQHS WUNI1 WUVC WUVG WUVP WVEA1 WVEN1 WXTV

UniMás
UniMás
(22):

KBTF KFPH KFSF KTFF KFTH KTFK KTFO KFTR KFTU KNIC KSTR WAMI WFPA-CD WFTY WFUT WTNC WXFT

Univision
Univision
owns the licenses to these stations but the stations themselves are operated by Entravision Communications
Entravision Communications
under LMA. NBC
NBC
Universal owns the license but the station is operated by Serestar Communications. Secondary affiliation; The CW
The CW
is the station's primary affiliation. ZGS Communications owns the license but the station is operated by NB

.