The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) is an American broadcast television network that originated in 1927 as the NBC Blue radio network, and five years after its 1942 divorce from NBC and purchase by Edward J. Noble (adopting its current name the following year), expanded into television in April 1948. Throughout its history, the network has many owned-and-operated and affiliated stations.
This article is a table listing of former ABC stations, arranged alphabetically by state, and based on the station's city of license as well as its Designated Market Area; it is also accompanied by footnotes regarding the present network affiliation of the former ABC-affiliated station (if the station remains operational) and the current ABC affiliates in each of the listed markets, as well as any other notes including the reasons behind each station's disaffiliation from the network. There are links to and articles on each of the stations, describing their histories, local programming and technical information, such as broadcast frequencies.
The station's advertised channel number follows the call letters. In most cases, this is their virtual channel (PSIP) number, which may match the channel allocation that the station originally broadcast on during its prior affiliation with the network.
Former affiliate stationsEdit
Stations are listed in alphabetical order by city of license.
|City of license/Market||Station/Channel||Years of affiliation||Current affiliation||Current ABC affiliate||Notes|
|Austin-Albert Lea-Rochester, Minnesota-Mason City, Iowa||KMMT/KAUS-TV/KAAL-TV/KAAL 6||1953-2006 (secondary until 1954)||CBS (O&O)||KIMT 3||Swapped affiliations with CBS affiliate KIMT in 2006 as a result of CBS's affiliation deal with Hubbard Broadcasting.|
|Philadelphia, Pennsylvania|| WFIL-TV/WPVI-TV 6|
(O&O from 1986-2001)
|1948-2001||Fox (O&O)||WTXF-TV 29||Swapped affiliations with Fox O&O WTXF-TV in December 2001 as a result of Fox Television Stations' purchase of WPVI (Fox ran channel 6 as an ABC affiliate until December in order to honor its existing contract with WPVI).|
|Portland, Oregon||KATU 2||1964-2001||NBC (O&O)||KGW 8 (previously with ABC from 1956-1959)||Swapped affiliations with NBC affiliate KGW in 2001, as a result of NBC's affiliation agreement with Fisher Communications.|
|Seattle-Tacoma, Washington||KOMO-TV 4||1959-2001||NBC (O&O) (previously with NBC from 1953-1959)||KIRO-TV 7||Affiliated with NBC in a three-way swap triggered by a series of events; KOMO joined NBC through the network's affiliation agreement with Fisher Communications, and KIRO joined ABC through Cox's affiliation agreement with the network, while CBS rejoined its original affiliate KING-TV (channel 5).|
|St. Paul-Minneapolis, Minnesota||KSTP-TV 5||1979-2007||CBS (O&O)||WCCO-TV 4 (O&O)||Swapped affiliations with CBS O&O WCCO-TV as a result of CBS's affiliation deal with Hubbard Broadcasting. The switch also triggered a network swap where CBS sold WCCO to ABC (making it an ABC O&O).|