NBC

National Broadcasting Company
NBC logo (2013).svg
TypeTerrestrial television network
(1939–present)
Radio network
(1926–1993, 2012–2014, 2016–present)
CountryUnited States
AffiliatesLists:
By state
By market
Headquarters30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York City
Programming
Language(s)English
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
(720p, or 1080p via ATSC 3.0 in some markets)
Ownership
OwnerComcast
ParentNBC Entertainment
(NBCUniversal Television and Streaming)
History
FoundedJune 19, 1926; 95 years ago (1926-06-19)
LaunchedRadio: November 15, 1926; 95 years ago (1926-11-15)
Television: April 30, 1939; 82 years ago (1939-04-30)
FounderDavid Sarnoff
ReplacedNBC Radio Network
Links
Websitenbc.com
Availability

The National Broadcasting Company[a] (NBC) is an American English-language commercial broadcast television and radio network owned by Comcast. The network is headquartered at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York City, with additional major offices near Los Angeles (at 10 Universal City Plaza), and Chicago (at the NBC Tower). NBC is one of the Big Three television networks, and is sometimes referred to as the "Peacock Network", in reference to its stylized peacock logo, introduced in 1956 to promote the company's innovations in early color broadcasting;[1] it became a part of the network's official emblem in 1979 before being modified to its current form in 1986.

Founded in 1926 by the Radio Corporation of America (RCA), then owned by General Electric (GE), NBC is the oldest major broadcast network in the United States. In 1932, GE was forced to sell RCA and NBC as a result of antitrust charges. In 1986, control of NBC passed back to GE through its $6.4 billion purchase of RCA. GE immediately began to liquidate RCA's various divisions, but retained NBC. After the acquisition by GE, Bob Wright became chief executive officer of NBC, and would remain in that position until his retirement in 2007, when he was succeeded by Jeff Zucker.

In 2003, French media company Vivendi merged its entertainment assets with GE, forming NBC Universal. Comcast purchased a controlling interest in the company in 2011, and acquired General Electric's remaining stake in 2013.[2] Following the Comcast merger, Zucker left NBCUniversal and was replaced as CEO by Comcast executive Steve Burke.

NBC has thirteen owned-and-operated stations and nearly 200 affiliates throughout the United States and its territories, some of which are also available in Canada and/or Mexico via pay-television providers or in border areas over the air; NBC also maintains brand licensing agreements for international channels in South Korea and Germany.[3]
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  1. ^ "Slanguage Dictionary: P". Variety. February 20, 2013. Retrieved June 2, 2021.
  2. ^ Lieberman, David (March 19, 2013). "Comcast Completes Acquisition Of GE's 49% Stake In NBCUniversal". Deadline Hollywood.
  3. ^ "Company Overview". NBC Universal. Archived from the original on July 6, 2008. Retrieved March 25, 2008.

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