CBS (an initialism of its former name, the Columbia Broadcasting System) is an American broadcast television network that originated as a radio network in September 1927, and expanded into television in July 1941. Throughout its history, the network has had many owned-and-operated and affiliated stations.
This article is a table listing of former CBS owned-and-operated and affiliated 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 CBS-affiliated station (if the station remains operational) and the current CBS 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 CBS affiliate||Notes|
|Milwaukee, Wisconsin||WDJT-TV 58||1994-2019||Independent (previously independent from 1988-1994)|| WITI 6|
(previously with CBS from 1959-1961; from 1977-1994)
|Disafilliated from CBS and reverted to its independent status as a result of Fox affiliate WITI (which had previously been affiliated with the network for two stints) affiliating with CBS, and Fox moved to a newly signed-on station, WMFH-LP.|
|Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota|| WTCN-TV/WCCO-TV 4|
(O&O from 1992-2007)
|1949-2007||ABC (O&O)||KSTP-TV 5 (O&O)||Swapped affiliations with ABC affiliate KSTP-TV as a result of CBS's affiliation deal with Hubbard Broadcasting. CBS also sold WCCO to ABC (making it an ABC O&O).|
|Seattle-Tacoma, Washington||KIRO-TV 7||1958-1995, 1997-2001||ABC|| KING-TV 5|
(previously with CBS from 1948-1953)
|KIRO had two stints with CBS. KIRO disafilliated from CBS in March 1995 and became a charter affiliate of UPN when CBS signed an affiliation deal tied to KSTW's sister station KTVT; the two stations swapped affiliations in June 1997, at which time KSTW became a UPN O&O and KIRO regained its CBS affiliation. Disaffiliated from CBS for the second time in 2001 in a three-way affiliation swap between KIRO, NBC affiliate KING-TV, and ABC affiliate KOMO-TV, KIRO joined ABC through Cox Enterprises' affiliation agreement with the network, while KOMO-TV reunited with NBC through a group affiliation agreement between NBC and Fisher Communications, and CBS rejoined its original Seattle affiliate KING-TV (which lost the CBS affiliation in 1953).|