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American Broadcasting Company
Type Television network
Country United States
Availability National
Slogan The Only Place To Be, ABC
Headquarters New York City, New York
Area United States
Owner Independent (divested from NBC, 1943–1953)
United Paramount Theatres (1953–1965)
Independent (1965–1985)
Capital Cities Communications (1985–1996)
The Walt Disney Company (1996–present)
Launch date October 12, 1943 (radio)
April 19, 1948 (television)
Former names NBC Blue Network
Picture format 480i (16:9 SDTV)
720p (HDTV)
Callsigns ABC
Callsign meaning American Broadcasting Company
Official website

The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) is an United States television network. Along with CBS, NBC and FOX, it is one of the country's four major television networks. The network is owned by The Walt Disney Company.


This is a list of the programs that ABC shows.

For children, ABC has a separate programming block titled Litton's Weekend Adventure.


ABC News is ABC's news division. Its shows include Good Morning America, World News Now, 20/20, and ABC World News Tonight.

ABC World News Tonight is the nightly news and flagship program for ABC News. It airs at 6:30 PM EST. On September 1, 2014, David Muir became the anchor (the main presenter). Former anchors include Peter Jennings, Charles Gibson, and Diane Sawyer.


Before 2006, ABC Sports covered sporting events for ABC. In 1996, The Walt Disney Company bought ABC. Disney already owned ESPN at the time. From 1996 through the early 2000s, ABC Sports was run by both ABC and ESPN but used the ABC name. In 2006, the sports programming of ABC was changed to ESPN on ABC.

Canceled programs

  • Lost was announced on May 7, 2007 that 2009-2010 would be the last season. The last episode was aired on May 23, 2010.
  • All My Children was canceled on April 14, 2011 due to production costs. The last episode was aired on September 23, 2011.
  • The Taste was cancelled on May 7, 2015 after three seasons. The reason was falling ratings.

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