NBC Owned Television Stations

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NBC Owned Television Stations
Industry Broadcasting
Key people
Valari Staab, president[1]
Owner NBCUniversal Owned TV Stations[2]
(NBC Broadcasting) (Comcast)[3]
Divisions 11 TV stations
New England Cable News[2]
Cozi TV
Skycastle Entertainment
Website nbcstations.com

NBC Owned Television Stations (formerly NBC Local Media & NBC Television Stations Division (TVSD)[4]) is the division of NBCUniversal Owned TV Stations (NBCUniversal), a subsidiary of Comcast that oversees their owned-and-operated television stations, Cozi TV network, LXTV and Skycastle Entertainment, its in-house marketing and promotion company.


NBC Television Stations Division[edit]

NBC's owned and operated television stations group was formed by National Broadcasting Company (NBCUniversal's name at the time) as "NBC Television Stations Division (TVSD)".

In 1997, NBC and LIN Television Corporation formed Station Venture Holdings with Lin's KXAS and NBC's KNSD.[5]

NBC Local Media[edit]

In 2006, NBC sold four stations from its smallest markets. In November 2007, TVSD changed its name to NBC Local Media. In March 2008, Local Media decided to focus on growing websites and the top ten market stations placing WTVJ in Miami and WVIT in Hartford up for sale.[6]

LXTV was acquired in January 2008 by Local Media[7] followed in March by the purchased of Skycastle Entertainment, Local Media's former outside sales and marketing firm.[8] After NBC Weather Plus was shut down in late 2008, WNBC launched a replacement programming of local information, news and livestyle as NBC New York Nonstop in March 2009 using LXTV programs.[9] In January 2009, Local Media and Fox Television Stations set up a local news sharing service starting with their Philadelphia stations after testing since the summer of 2008. Footage will be made available to other local media.[10] On July 29, 2009, NBC Local Integrated Media replaced the standard station extension websites with city centric websites using nbccity.com web addresses.[11]

In February 2010, the NBC stations launched a new website, theFeast.com, a restaurant news, blog and aggregate critic feature.[12] Additional vertical websites were also launched including The Goods and The 20. Stations are encouraged by Local Media to develop their own specialized websites. The 20 is for the top special interest articles and the Goods is a group buying website launched in May.[13]

In late 2010 and early 2011, eight more NBC O&O stations adopted the Nonstop digital subchannel format including the three California as one network. Each stations' Nonstop subchannel has eight hours of local programming along with core programming from affiliated production company's, LXTV: Talk Stoop, First Look and Open House.[14]

NBC Owned Television Stations[edit]

In the Summer 2011, the company started to sell national advertising on behalf of affiliated cable channel, New England Cable News (NECN).[15] In June, Local Media's new president. Valari Staab. renamed the company to NBC Owned Television Stations (NBCOTS).[1]

On November 3, 2011, NBCOTS announced that its seven local Nonstop subchannels would become a single national network, Nonstop Network. The Network will also add its stations that currently do not have a Nonstop subchannel and beyond to other markets.[16] A NBC executive indicated that the independent formatted Nonstop channels were doing well but needed separate 24/7 programming. The Network will have day time retro reruns and evening livestyle shows. Local stations will be able to pre-empt the national programming. By July 2012, NBC was also considering renaming the Network to "Bob TV" or some other name.[17]

With Comcast purchasing controlling interest from GE of NBCUniversal in 2011, NBC stations were required by the Federal Communications Commission to develop partnership agreements with nonprofit news organizations.[13] TheFeast website was transferred to NBCU affiliate DailyCandy.com in November.[18] In December, four NBC stations indicated their non-profit news partners with the partnership modeled after KNSD and Voice of San Diego's preexisting one.[19]

With the success of the NECN advertising partnership in April 2012, the division and the Comcast Sports Group extended the partnership nationwide with four additional markets where there are both a Comcast SportsNet channel and a NBC-owned station (New England, Mid-Atlantic, Northwest and Philadelphia).[15] On October 24, 2012, NBCOTS announced it will relaunch the NBC Nonstop network as Cozi TV, which will feature classic TV shows, movies and original programming.[20]

In February 2013, LIN Media pulled out of its Station Venture Operations joint venture with NBCUniversal as part of a corporate reorganization, giving NBC 100% ownership of the venture's two stations, KNSD and KXAS-TV.[21]

In July 2013, NBCOTS and Telemundo's O&Os station groups were brought together under a newly formed division, NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations under NBC TV Station president Valari Staab, with NECN was transferred into NBC Stations.[2]

With four NBC stations already having 4 PM newscasts, in late May the remaining fours stations, WNBC, KNBC, WTVJ and WVIT, added 4 PM news.[22] On January 7, 2016, NBCOTS announced that it would launch an NBC O&O in Boston on January 1, 2017, replacing WHDH potentially on a WNEU channel.[23]


Stations are listed in alphabetical order by state and city of license.


City of license / Market Station Channel
Owned Since
Los Angeles KNBC ** 4 (36) 1949
San Diego KNSD 39 (40) 1996
San Jose - San Francisco - Oakland KNTV 11 (12) 2002
New Britain - Hartford - New Haven WVIT 30 (35) 1997
(previously owned from 1956–1960)
Washington, D.C. WRC-TV ** 4 (48) 1947
Miami - Fort Lauderdale WTVJ 6 (31) 1987
Chicago WMAQ-TV ** 5 (29) 1948
Boston WNEU-TV
TBD 2017
New York City WNBC ** 4 (28) 1941
Philadelphia WCAU 10 (34) 1995
Puerto Rico WKAQ-TV ** 2.3 (28) 2014
Fort Worth - Dallas KXAS-TV 5 (41) 1998
Boston NECN Cable 2009
**: indicate a station built and signed on by NBC.


City of license / Market Station Channel
Years owned Current Ownership Status
Birmingham - Tuscaloosa - Anniston WVTM-TV 13 (13) 1996–2006 NBC affiliate owned by Hearst Television
Denver KCNC-TV 4 (35) 1986–1995 CBS owned-and-operated (O&O)
Buffalo WBUF-TV 17 1955–1958 PBS member station, WNED-TV, owned by Western New York Public Broadcasting Association
Goldsboro - Raleigh - Durham WNCN 17 (17) 1996–2006 CBS affiliate owned by Media General
Philadelphia WPTZ/WRCV-TV 3 (26) 1956–1965 CBS owned-and-operated (O&O), KYW-TV
Cleveland WNBK/WKYC-TV ** 1 3 (17) 1948–1956
NBC affiliate owned by Tegna, Inc.
Columbus, Ohio WCMH-TV 4 (14) 1996–2006 NBC affiliate owned by Media General
Providence, R.I. - New Bedford, MA WJAR-TV 10 (51) 1996–2006 NBC affiliate owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group
Salt Lake City KUTV 2 (34) 1994–1995 CBS affiliate owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group


  • 1 NBC sold controlling interest (51 percent) of WKYC-TV to Multimedia, Inc. in 1991. Multimedia was purchased in whole by Gannett Company (predecessor of Tegna, Inc.) in 1995; Gannett purchased NBC's remaining shares (49 percent) in 1999.

NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations[edit]

NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations
Industry Broadcasting
Founded July 23, 2013 (2013-07-23)
Key people
Valari Staab, president
Parent NBC Broadcasting
Divisions NBC Owned Television Stations
Telemundo Station Group

NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations is a station holding division with two groups, NBC Owned Television Stations and Telemundo Station Group.


In July 2013, NBC Owned Television Stations and Telemundo's O&Os stations to form a new division, NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations under NBC TV Station president Valari Staab.[2]

Telemundo Station Group[edit]

City of license / Market Station Channel
Owned Since
Douglas, Arizona K28EY
(repeater of KHRR)
28 (N/A) N/A
Phoenix, Arizona KTAZ 39 (39) 2002
Tucson, Arizona KHRR 40 (40) 2002
Fresno, California KNSO[n1 1] 51 (11) 2003
Corona - Los Angeles KVEA ** 52 (39) 1985
Salinas - Monterey - Santa Cruz, California K15CU-D
(repeater of KNTV)
15 (N/A) N/A
San Jose - San Francisco KSTS ** 48 (49) 1984
Denver KDEN-TV 25 (29) 2006
Miami WSCV** 51 (30) 1987
Chicago WSNS-TV[n1 2] 44 (45) 1996
Boston WNEU 60 (34) 2002
Las Vegas KBLR 39 (40) 2005
Linden, New Jersey - New York City WNJU ** 47 (36) 1984
Atlantic City, New Jersey - Philadelphia WWSI 49 (62) 2013
San Juan, Puerto Rico WKAQ-TV **[n1 3] 2 (28) 1987
Dallas - Fort Worth KXTX-TV 39 (40) 2001
Houston KTMD ** 47 (48) 1997
Rio Grande City, Texas KTLM 40 (40) 2013
San Antonio KVDA ** 60 (38) 1989
Salt Lake City KEJT-LP
(repeater of KULX-CD)
50 (N/A) 1993
**: a station built and signed on by Telemundo.
  1. ^ NBCUniversal holds the license to this station, although it is operated by Serestar Communications.
  2. ^ This station was jointly owned by Ensaness Communications from 1996 to 2003.
  3. ^ Since 2014, WKAQ also carries a mainly WNBC-sourced NBC affiliate, NBC Puerto Rico, in English on their DT3 channel.

Station Venture Holdings[edit]

Station Venture Holdings
Industry Television station broadcasting
Founded 1997
Defunct February 2013
Headquarters San Diego, CA
Services TV channel broadcast
Parent NBC (79.62%)
LIN Television Corporation (20.38%)[24]
Divisions Station Venture Operations, LP

Station Venture Holdings, LLC was a venture between NBC and LIN Television Corporation[24] that included Station Venture Operations, LP that operates two NBC affiliated television stations -- KNSD and KXAS-TV.[25] These stations when in the JV were considered owned and operated stations as NBC holds a majority stake in the venture.[26]


The venture began in 1997, when LIN sold a controlling interest in KXAS to NBC, and NBC contributed KNSD to the resulting partnership. Owing to their controlling stake in the partnership, NBC took operational control of both stations[5] In February 2013, LIN Media pulled out of its Station Venture Operations joint venture with NBCUniversal as part of a corporate reorganization, giving NBC 100% ownership of KXAS and KNSD. LIN paid NBC around $100 million to allow for the transaction.[21]


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  26. ^ "NBCUniversal 2011Annual Report/ 10K" (PDF). NBCUniversal. Retrieved November 15, 2012. 

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