Hearst Television

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Hearst Television, Inc.
FormerlyHearst Broadcasting (1931–1997)
Hearst-Argyle Television (1997–2009)
Type Subsidiary
Industry Broadcast Television
Television Production
PredecessorHearst Broadcasting
Argyle Television Holdings II
Founded1931;90 years ago (1931) (as Hearst Broadcasting)
Headquarters,
United States
Area served
United States (Nationwide)
Key people
Jordan Wertlieb
(President)
Products Broadcast television
RevenueIncrease2.svg US$ 785.4 million (2006)
Increase2.svg US$ 228.8 million (2006)
Increase2.svg US$ 98.7 million (2006)
Number of employees
approx. 3000 (full-time)
Parent Hearst Communications
Subsidiaries Litton Entertainment
Website hearst.com/broadcasting

Hearst Television, Inc. (formerly Hearst-Argyle Television) is a broadcasting company in the United States owned by Hearst Communications. From 1998 to mid-2009, the company traded its common stock on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "HTV."

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Hearst-Argyle was formed in 1997 with the merger of Hearst Corporation's broadcasting division and stations owned by Argyle Television Holdings II, [1] which is partially related to the company of the same name who (in 1994) sold its stations to New World Communications, stations that eventually became Fox-owned stations (Hearst itself, unusual for any American broadcast group, has never held a Fox affiliation on any of its stations). Hearst's involvement in broadcasting dates to the 1920s.

In terms of audience reach, Hearst is the third-largest group owner of ABC-affiliated stations, behind the E. W. Scripps Company and Sinclair Broadcast Group, and ahead of Tegna Inc., and the second-largest group owner of NBC affiliates, behind Tegna.

Hearst-owned ABC affiliates in National Football League markets simulcast Monday Night Football games from ESPN that involve these teams - ESPN is 20% owned by Hearst, the rest being owned by ABC's parent, The Walt Disney Company. Other Hearst-owned stations also carry ESPN-aired NFL games, even though they are affiliated with other networks (like WBAL-TV, Baltimore's NBC affiliate). Hearst also holds some joint ventures for syndicated programming with NBCUniversal Television Distribution.

On June 3, 2009, the Hearst Corporation announced that it would purchase substantially all of the stock not held by Hearst. Hearst-Argyle Television then dropped "Argyle" from its name and became a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Hearst Corporation. [2]

Digital television

In February 2009, Hearst-Argyle announced that its stations (except for KITV and its satellites in Hawaii, which had already completed their transition to digital, and WPTZ in Plattsburgh, New York and WNNE in Hartford, Vermont, which followed the other Champlain Valley in transitioning on February 17, 2009) would comply with the new DTV transition date of June 12, 2009.

Hearst-owned stations

Hearst-Argyle Television logo, 2007-2009 Hearst-Argyle Television logo.png
Hearst-Argyle Television logo, 2007-2009

Currently, Hearst owns a total of 34 overall television stations but considers two groups of four stations and an NBC station with an ABC digital subchannel joint operations, bringing its count down to 31 under that consideration: eleven NBC affiliates, fifteen ABC affiliates (one as a subchannel of an NBC affiliate, and one which acts as a two-station simulcast), two CBS affiliates, six CW affiliates (two traditional, two subchannel (which are part of a two-station simulcast), and two channel shares), two MyNetworkTV affiliates (one traditional, one subchannel), and one independent station. Most of the company's subchannel stations broadcast either Weigel Broadcasting's MeTV or NBC's Cozi TV through national affiliation deals, along with being charter carriers of Weigel's two newest concepts, Heroes & Icons and Movies!. Since December 1, 2014, Des Moines CBS affiliate KCCI has used its third subchannel as an H&I affiliate carrying MyNetworkTV programming in primetime. Hearst also owns two radio stations in Baltimore, the last remaining from the company divesting most of their radio assets after the Telecommunications Act of 1996 went into effect. As already mentioned above, none of Hearst's stations have ever held a Fox affiliation, with the exception of two WMUR translators in the northern part of New Hampshire dis-affiliating with the network upon Hearst's assumption of ownership of WMUR.

Candy Altman at the 68th Annual Peabody Awards for Hearst-Argyle Television-Commitment 2008 Candy Altman at the 68th Annual Peabody Awards for Hearst-Argyle Television-Commitment 2008.jpg
Candy Altman at the 68th Annual Peabody Awards for Hearst-Argyle Television-Commitment 2008

Some Hearst-owned stations use the "Commitment (Year)" banner for all political news coverage leading up to the local, national, and statewide elections in lieu of a localized version of their associated network's political branding. This started in 2000. Hearst also maintains a Washington, D.C. bureau to assist its stations in coverage of national politics, including on-air reporters and facilities and equipment assistance for local stations. Many Hearst stations license the "Operation High School" branding for coverage of local high school sports. In 2007, Hearst-Argyle became one of the first television broadcasting groups to post its news stories on YouTube. WCVB, KCRA, WTAE, WBAL and WMUR were the first stations in Hearst-Argyle's station group to do this.

Until 2009, three of Hearst's television stations (KCWE, WMOR-TV, and WPBF) and its two radio stations (WBAL radio and WIYY) were owned by Hearst Broadcasting, Inc., an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of the Hearst Corporation through which Hearst ultimately controlled Hearst-Argyle Television, as opposed to Hearst-Argyle itself; Hearst-Argyle still operated these stations under a management services agreement. These stations were transferred to Hearst Television shortly after its privatization. [3] [4] Hearst's television and radio cluster in Baltimore additionally serves as the flagship stations and operation bases for the Baltimore Ravens radio and television networks.

On August 20, 2014, it was announced that Hearst Television would acquire WVTM in Birmingham, Alabama and WJCL in Savannah, Georgia from Media General, which divested those stations under FCC advisement as part of its acquisition of LIN Media. [5] [6]

On January 6, 2017, Hearst acquired majority control of Charleston, South Carolina-based syndicator Litton Entertainment, which has control of four of the five E/I-compliant Saturday morning blocks on the five major broadcast networks, along with being a syndicator of traditional programming. The deal closed on February 1. [7]

In 2021, Hearst began to carry the home shopping network Shop LC on several its stations under a revenue-sharing agreement with that network's owners. In most markets, Hearst will not pursue cable or satellite carriage for Shop LC, as the network already pays providers nationwide to carry its network on several channel slots per system.

Television production

Hearst Television also produces the weekly public-affairs program Matter of Fact with Soledad O'Brien , which in fall 2018 entered its fourth season. Outside of the Hearst stations and A&E, the show is distributed in national broadcast syndication by Sony Pictures Television.

In 2019, former Today consumer affairs reporter Jeff Rossen joined Hearst as a multi-platform consumer affairs reporter, whose reports (which as of April 2020, include COVID-19 pandemic consumer issue Q&A segments) are syndicated throughout the chain, in addition to full-scale semi-annual consumer specials that are also carried by Hearst Television stations. [8]

Television stations

Stations are listed alphabetically by state and city of license.

Notes:

City of license / Market StationChannel
TV (RF)
Owned SinceNetwork Affiliation
Birmingham - Tuscaloosa - Anniston WVTM-TV µ13 (13)2014 NBC
Fort Smith - Fayetteville - Rogers, AR KHBS §§40 (21)1996 ABC
The CW (DT2)
KHOG-TV§§
(satellite of KHBS)
29 (15)
Sacramento - Stockton - Modesto KCRA-TV κ3 (35)1999NBC
KQCA κ58 (23)2000 MyNetworkTV
Salinas - Monterey - Santa Cruz, CA KSBW ≈≈8 (8)1998NBC
ABC (DT2)
Daytona Beach - Orlando - Clermont, FL WESH ¤¤2 (11)1999NBC
WKCF 18 (23)2006The CW
Lakeland - Tampa - St. Petersburg, FL WMOR-TV 32 (18)1996 Independent
Tequesta - West Palm Beach, FL WPBF 25 (16)1997ABC
Savannah, Georgia WJCL µ22 (22)2014
Des Moines, Iowa KCCI ¤¤8 (8)1999 CBS
MyNetworkTV (DT3)
Louisville WLKY ¤¤32 (14)CBS
New Orleans WDSU ¤¤6 (19)NBC
Poland Spring - Portland, ME WMTW 8 (8)2004ABC
WPXT 51 (34)2018The CW
Baltimore WBAL-TV **11 (11)1948NBC
Boston WCVB-TV 5 (33)1986ABC
Jackson, Mississippi WAPT §§16 (21)1995
Kansas City, Missouri KMBC-TV 9 (29)1982
KCWE 29 (31)2006 1The CW
Omaha, Nebraska KETV ¤¤7 (20)1999ABC
Manchester, New Hampshire WMUR-TV 9 (9)2001
Albuquerque - Santa Fe KOAT-TV ¤¤7 (7)1999
Plattsburgh, N.Y. - Burlington, VT WPTZ ≈≈5 (14)1998NBC
WNNE ≈≈231 (14)The CW
Winston-Salem - Greensboro - High Point WXII-TV ¤¤12 (16)1999NBC
WCWG 20 (16)2018 3The CW
Cincinnati WLWT §§~~5 (20)1997NBC
Oklahoma City KOCO-TV §§~~5 (7)ABC
Lancaster - Harrisburg -
York - Lebanon
WGAL ¤¤8 (8)1999NBC
Pittsburgh WTAE-TV **4 (27)1958ABC
Greenville - Spartanburg - Asheville - Anderson WYFF ¤¤4 (30)1999NBC
Milwaukee WISN-TV 12 (28)1955ABC

Other Notes:

Radio stations

AM StationFM Station
City of License/MarketStationOwned SinceCurrent Format
Baltimore WBAL 1090 AM
W268BA 101.5 FM
1935 News-Talk
WIYY 97.91960 Active rock/Alternative rock/Classic rock

Stations formerly owned by Hearst and/or Argyle II

Television stations

City of license / Market StationChannel
TV (RF)
Years ownedCurrent ownership status
Honolulu KITV §§4 (40)1995–2015 ABC affiliate owned by Allen Media Broadcasting
Hilo, Hawaii KHVO§§
(satellite of KITV)
4 (18)1995–2015ABC affiliate owned by Allen Media Broadcasting
Wailuku, Hawaii KMAU§§
(satellite of KITV)
4 (29)1995–2015ABC affiliate owned by Allen Media Broadcasting
Grand Rapids - Kalamazoo -
Battle Creek, MI
WZZM §§~~13 (13)1995–1997ABC affiliate owned by Tegna
Buffalo, New York WGRZ §§~~2 (33)1995–1997 NBC affiliate owned by Tegna
Dayton, Ohio WDTN ≈≈12 (50)1981–1998NBC affiliate owned by Nexstar Media Group
Providence, R.I.-New Bedford, MA WNAC-TV §§ ≈≈264 (12)1995–1998 Fox affiliate owned by Super Towers, Inc.
(operated under LMA by Nexstar Media Group)
Clarksburg - Weston, W.V. WBOY-TV 12 (12)2001NBC affiliate owned by Nexstar Media Group
New England Region NECN N/A1992–2009
(joint venture w/Comcast)
Cable-only regional news channel owned by NBCUniversal
First Hearst-Argyle Television logo from 1997 to 2007. Hearst-Argyle 1997 logo.jpg
First Hearst-Argyle Television logo from 1997 to 2007.

Notes:

In addition to the above, Hearst-Argyle never owned WZZM or WGRZ. Those two stations were divested by one of the company's predecessors, Argyle Television Holdings II, several months prior to the merger with Hearst Broadcasting. The "years owned" information reflects the years of ownership by Argyle Television Holdings II. And WDTN was the only formerly owned television station that was owned directly by Hearst prior to the merger.

Radio stations

(a partial listing)

AM StationFM Station
MarketStationYears OwnedCurrent Ownership
Phoenix KTAR 6201999–2001Owned by Bonneville International
KMVP 8601999–2001 KNAI , owned by Farmworker Educational Radio Network
KKLT 98.71999–2001 KMVP-FM , owned by Bonneville International
Los Angeles KEHE 7801935–1939 KABC 790, owned by Cumulus Media
San Francisco KYA 12601934–1942 KSFB , owned by Immaculate Heart Media
Louisville WLKY 9701999–2000 WGTK , owned by Salem Media Group
New York City WGBS/WINS 10101931–1946Owned by Entercom
Kernersville - Winston-Salem -
Greensboro - High Point
WXII 8301999–2000 WTRU , owned by Truth Broadcasting Corporation
Oklahoma City KOMA 14801936–1939 KOKC 1520, owned by Tyler Media Group
Pittsburgh WCAE/WRYT/WTAE 12501931–1997 WPGP , owned by Salem Media Group
WCAE-FM/WRYT-FM/WTAE-FM/WXKX/WHTX/WVTY 96.1 **1960–1997 WKST-FM , owned by iHeartMedia
San Juan, PR WAPA 6801961–1991Owned by Wifredo G. Blanco Pi
Austin KNOW 15001936–1939 KTSN 1490, owned by REO Radio Group
San Antonio KTSA 5501936–1939Owned by Alpha Media
Waco WACO 14201936–1939 KCLE 1460, owned by M&M Broadcasters
Milwaukee WISN 11301928–1997Owned by iHeartMedia
WISN-FM/WLPX/WBTT/WLTQ 97.3 **1961–1997 WRNW , owned by iHeartMedia

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