About Hearst Television

10 Things

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Hearst is a famous name. But Hearst Television is also an established, successful brand in its own right, with nearly 100 years of broadcasting history. We bet that there’s probably a lot you don’t know about us – so here’s a few facts and figures from the archives.
  1. One of the inspirations for the sitcom “Cheers” was the WCVB produced “Park Street Under,” a sitcom set in a fictional Boston bar.

  2. Hearst Corporation holds a 20% interest in ESPN, the rest being owned by ABC, Inc., an indirect subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company. Hearst also owns portions of the cable channels A&E, Lifetime and HISTORY.

  3. KSBW call letters stand for Salad Bowl to the World. WGAL stands for wonderful gardens at Lancaster.

  4. The TV show “Romper Room” originated at WBAL-TV, a Hearst Television station.

  5. From 2006 through 2015, Hearst Television won an unprecedented 8 consecutive Walter Cronkite Awards for Excellence in Political Journalism. These and other awards make Hearst Television the most awarded television station group for political news coverage.

  6. The Hearst Television digital network of news, entertainment and information websites consistently aggregates more unique monthly visitors than such national websites as NYTimes.com, USAToday.com, WashingtonPost.com and the Web sites of ABC News, CBS News and Fox News. This places Hearst Television among the top-50 web brands as measured by Nielsen.

  7. The Hearst Television station KCRA 3 developed and produced the first magazine show in the country called “The 7:30 Show.”

  8. The Hearst Corporation, the parent company of Hearst Television, was founded by William Randolph Hearst in 1887 when he took over the San Francisco Examiner, a newspaper.

  9. Hearst Television broadcasts reach one in five US households.

  10. KCRA was also the first station to air the Olympic Zone, which is now replicated by NBC affiliates throughout the country.


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