CBS Television Stations
Paramount Stations Group
|Founded||May 24, 2000|
|Headquarters||New York City, United States|
|Revenue||$1.6 billion (2014)|
|Parent||CBS Entertainment Group|
CBS Television Stations is a division of the CBS Entertainment Group unit of ViacomCBS that owns and operates a group of American television stations. As of January 2020[update], ViacomCBS owns 29 stations, broken down as follows: fifteen are the core stations of the CBS Television Network; eight are aligned with The CW Television Network, which is co-owned by CBS with WarnerMedia; one Start TV affiliate and five independent stations, two of which carry the MyNetworkTV programming service in primetime.
The group was founded on May 24, 2000, after the merger of Viacom and CBS Corporation, as the Viacom Television Stations Group; it was a merger of the Paramount Stations Group with CBS's owned-and-operated stations division. It was rebranded to its current name on January 3, 2006, after Viacom split itself into two publicly traded companies. Both the second incarnations of CBS Corporation and Viacom, which remained controlled by National Amusements, merged for the second time, forming ViacomCBS, on December 4, 2019.
In 2009 and 2010, three managers at its New York City station, WCBS-TV, were named CBS Television Stations executives while continuing to manage at the station. Station manager Peter Dunn was named CBS Television Stations President in November 2009. Station creative services director Bruce Erik Brauer was named in June 2010 senior vice president of creative services for the group. WCBS news director David Friend became the group's senior vice president of news in August 2010.
On October 21, 2014, CBS and Weigel Broadcasting announced the launch of a new digital subchannel service called Decades, scheduled to launch on all CBS owned and operated stations in May 2015. The channel is co-owned by CBS and Weigel, with Weigel being responsible for distribution to stations outside CBS Television Stations. It airs programs from the extensive library of CBS Television Distribution, including archival footage from CBS News. On July 18, 2018, CBS and Weigel announced that another new subchannel service, Start TV, would launch on September 4; the new service replaced Decades on the CBS-owned stations. An additional CBS-owned subchannel service, Dabl, launched on September 9, 2019; this service, although carried on the CBS Television Stations, is run by CBS Television Distribution.
The station group made a couple of content agreements in 2014 and 2015. The stations agreed in December 2014 for its content to be shown on Curb's Taxi TV. In November 2015, the station group agreed to allow Health Media Network to air local news reports on its network in doctor’s waiting rooms.
On August 1, 2018, CBS Television Stations and CBS Interactive announced plans to launch CBSN Local, a group of streaming news channels modeled on the national CBSN service. The first of these services, CBSN New York, launched on December 13, 2018, with the remaining services launching during 2019 and 2020.
Currently many of CBSTS' stations, especially CBS outlets, use a common look in branding. Most of the group's CBS stations brand themselves under the "CBS [Channel number]" format (e.g. WCBS-TV, CBSTS' flagship station on channel 2, brands itself as "CBS 2"). This is the same practice as many other O&O groups across the U.S. Only five CBS-owned stations do not use such a branding convention.
Stations are arranged in alphabetical order by state and city of license.
- (**) - indicates a station that was built and signed-on by CBS.
- (++) - indicates a station that was owned by Westinghouse Broadcasting prior to its acquisition of CBS in 1995.
- (§§) - indicates a station that was affected by a 1995 ownership swap between CBS/Westinghouse and NBC.
- (¤¤) - indicates a station that was owned by Gaylord Broadcasting prior to its sale to CBS in 1999.
- (##) - indicates a station that was owned by the original Viacom prior to its acquisition of CBS in 2000.
|City of license / Market||Station||Channel
|Los Angeles||KCBS-TV||2 (31)||1951||CBS|
|Sacramento - Stockton - Modesto||KOVR||13 (25)||2005||CBS|
|KMAX-TV ##||31 (21)||2000||The CW|
|San Francisco - Oakland - San Jose||KPIX-TV ++||5 (29)||1995||CBS|
|KBCW||44 (45)||2002||The CW|
|Denver||KCNC-TV||4 (35)||1995 §§||CBS|
|Miami - Fort Lauderdale||WFOR-TV||4 (22)||1989||CBS|
|WBFS-TV ##||33 (32)||2000||MyNetworkTV|
|St. Petersburg - Tampa||WTOG ##||44 (44)||2000||The CW|
|Atlanta||WUPA ##||69 (43)||2000||The CW|
Digital Class A LPTV
|47 (36)||2000||Start TV|
|Baltimore||WJZ-TV ++||13 (13)||1995||CBS|
|Boston||WBZ-TV ++||4 (30)||1995||CBS|
|WSBK-TV ##||38 (39)||2000||MyNetworkTV|
|WKBD-TV ##||50 (14)||2000||The CW|
|Minneapolis - St. Paul||WCCO-TV||4 (32)||1992||CBS|
(satellite of WCCO-TV)
|New York City||WCBS-TV **||2 (33)||1941||CBS|
|Philadelphia||KYW-TV ++||3 (26)||1995||CBS|
|WPSG ##||57 (32)||2000||The CW|
|Pittsburgh||KDKA-TV ++||2 (25)||1995||CBS|
|WPCW ##||19 (11)||2000||The CW|
|Fort Worth - Dallas||KTVT ¤¤||11 (19)||1999||CBS|
|KTXA ##||21 (29)||2000||Independent|
|Tacoma - Seattle||KSTW ##||11 (11)||2000||The CW|
- Note: This list also contains stations that were owned and operated by CBS prior to the founding of CBS Television Stations in 2000.
|City of license / Market||Station||Channel
|Years owned||Current ownership status|
|Los Angeles||KTTV 1||11 (11)||1949–1951||Fox owned-and-operated (O&O)|
|Hartford - New Haven||WGTH-TV/WHCT-TV||18 (46)||1955–1958||Univision affiliate, WUVN, owned by Entravision Communications|
|Washington, DC||WTOP-TV 2||9 (9)||1950–1954||CBS affiliate, WUSA, owned by Tegna Inc.|
|WDCA ##||20 (35)||2000–2001||MyNetworkTV owned-and-operated (O&O)|
|West Palm Beach||WTVX 3||34 (34)||2001–2008||The CW affiliate owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group|
|WTCN-CA||34.3||2005–2008||MyNetworkTV affiliate owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group|
Still broadcasts in analog on channel 50.
|WWHB-CA||34.2||2005–2008||Azteca America affiliate owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group|
Still broadcasts in analog on channel 48.
|Indianapolis||WNDY-TV ##||23 (32)||2000–2005||MyNetworkTV affiliate owned by Circle City Broadcasting|
|Slidell - New Orleans||WUPL ##||54 (24)||2000–2007||MyNetworkTV affiliate owned by Tegna Inc.|
(satellite of WCCO-TV)
|7 (7)||1992–2017||defunct, went dark in 2017|
|St. Louis||KMOX-TV||4 (24)||1958–1986||CBS affiliate, KMOV, owned by Meredith Corporation|
|Chillicothe - Columbus, OH||WWHO||53 (46)||2000–2005||The CW affiliate owned by Manhan Media|
(operated via SSA by Sinclair Broadcast Group)
|Oklahoma City||KAUT-TV ##||43 (40)||2000–2005||Independent station/secondary Antenna TV affiliate owned by Nexstar Media Group|
|Philadelphia||WCAU-TV||10 (34)||1958–1995 §§||NBC owned-and-operated (O&O)|
|Providence, RI - New Bedford, MA||WPRI-TV||12 (13)||1995–1996||CBS affiliate owned by Nexstar Media Group|
|WLWC 3||28 (22)||2001–2008||Ion Life owned-and-operated (O&O), owned by Ion Media|
|Austin, TX||KEYE-TV||42 (43)||2000–2008||CBS affiliate owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group|
|Houston||KTXH||20 (19)||2000–2001||MyNetworkTV owned-and-operated (O&O)|
|Salt Lake City||KUTV||2 (34)||1995–2008 §§||CBS affiliate owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group|
|KUSG||12 (9)||1999–2008||MyNetworkTV affiliate, KMYU, owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group|
|Portsmouth - Norfolk - Newport News||WGNT ##||27 (50)||2000–2010||The CW affiliate owned by the E. W. Scripps Company|
|Green Bay, WI||WFRV-TV||5 (39)||1992–2007||CBS affiliate owned by Nexstar Media Group|
|Escanaba - Marquette, MI||WJMN-TV
(satellite of WFRV-TV)
|3 (48)||1992–2007||CBS affiliate owned by Nexstar Media Group|
|Milwaukee||WXIX-TV||18 (18)||1955–1959||The CW affiliate, WVTV, owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group|
- 1 Co-owned with the Los Angeles Times in a joint venture (49% owned by CBS, 51% owned by the Times).
- 2 Co-owned with the Washington Post in a joint venture (45% owned by CBS, 55% owned by the Post).
- 3 Operated by the original Viacom through its Paramount Stations Group via local marketing agreement (LMA) from 1997 until Viacom/CBS acquired the station outright in 2001.
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