41 Facts About NBC


NBC has offices in Los Angeles at 10 Universal City Plaza and Chicago at the NBC Tower.

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NBC is the oldest of the traditional "Big Three" American television networks, having been formed in 1926 by the Radio Corporation of America.

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NBC 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.

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NBC has twelve owned-and-operated stations and nearly 200 affiliates throughout the United States and its territories, some of which are available in Canada and Mexico via pay-television providers or in border areas over the air.

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NBC maintains brand licensing agreements for international channels in South Korea and Germany.

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NBC is the home broadcaster of some of the longest-running television series in American history, including the news program Meet the Press; Today (debuted 1952); The Tonight Show (debuted nationally 1954); and Saturday Night Live (debuted 1975).

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NBC affiliates carrying it in syndication have the option to substitute a same-day encore of The Kelly Clarkson Show on weekdays.

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NBC has held the American broadcasting rights to the Summer Olympic Games since the 1988 games and the rights to the Winter Olympic Games since the 2002 games.

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Coverage of the Olympics on NBC has included pre-empting regularly scheduled programs during daytime, prime time, and late night.

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In July 2022, NBC announced that the Olympic Channel will be shut down on the 30th of September.

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NBC stated they will be announcing the plans for Olympic content in the fall of 2022.

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NBC eventually formed other cable news services including MSNBC, and the 2008 acquisition of The Weather Channel in conjunction with Blackstone Group and Bain Capital.

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Key anchors from NBC News are used during NBC Sports coverage of the Olympic Games.

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In 1989, NBC premiered Saved by the Bell, a live-action teen sitcom which originated on The Disney Channel the previous year as Good Morning, Miss Bliss.

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Success of Saved by the Bell led NBC to remove animated series from its Saturday morning lineup in August 1992 in favor of additional live-action series as part of a new block called TNBC, along with the debut of a Saturday edition of Today.

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In 2002, NBC entered into an agreement with Discovery Communications to carry educational children's programs from the Discovery Kids cable channel.

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In May 2006, NBC announced plans to launch a new Saturday morning children's block under the Qubo brand in September 2006.

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The block, NBC Kids, premiered on July 7, 2012, replacing the "Qubo on NBC" block.

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NBC holds the broadcast rights to several annual specials and award show telecasts, including the Golden Globe Awards and the Emmy Awards.

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Since 1953, NBC has served as the official U S broadcaster of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

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CBS carries unauthorized coverage of the Macy's parade as part of The Thanksgiving Day Parade on CBS; however, as NBC holds rights to the parade, it has exclusivity over the broadcast of Broadway and music performances appearing in the parade, and Macy's chose to reroute the parade in 2012 out of the view of CBS' cameras, although it continues to cover the parade.

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NBC began airing a same-day rebroadcast of the parade telecast in 2009.

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In 2007, NBC acquired the rights to the National Dog Show, which airs following the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade each year.

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From 2003 to 2014, NBC held rights to two of the three pageants organized by the Miss Universe Organization: the Miss Universe and Miss USA pageants.

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NBC has twelve owned-and-operated stations and current and pending affiliation agreements with 223 additional television stations encompassing 50 states, the District of Columbia, six U S possessions and two non-U.

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When WBKB-DT2 launched in Alpena, Michigan on January 24, 2022, NBC became the only major network with an in-market station in every Designated Market Area in the United States.

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NBC provides video on demand access for delayed viewing of the network's programming through various means, including via its website at NBC.

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On February 18, 2015, NBC began providing live programming streams of local NBC stations in select markets, which are only available to authenticated subscribers of participating pay television providers.

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However, some NBC stations have already begun broadcasting at 1080p via ATSC 3.

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NBC has used a number of logos throughout its history; early logos used by the television and radio networks were similar to the logo of its then-parent company, RCA.

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Logos used later in NBC's existence incorporated stylized peacock designs, including the current version that has been in use since 1986.

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In 1999, NBC Europe ceased broadcasting in most of Europe outside of Germany; the network was concurrently relaunched as a German-language technology channel aimed at a younger demographic, with the new series NBC GIGA as its flagship program.

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NBC programming is available in Mexico through free-to-air affiliates in markets located within proximity to the Mexico–United States border, whose signals are readily receivable over-the-air in border areas of northern Mexico.

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In late 2017, NBC affiliates stopped being distributed in Nicaragua and the rest of Central America.

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In 1993, NBC launched a 24-hour Spanish-language news channel serving Latin America, Canal de Noticias NBC, which based its news schedule around the "wheel" format conceived at CNN.

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Canal de Noticias NBC shut down in 1999 due to the channel's inability to generate sustainable advertising revenue.

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NBC Asia launched in 1994, distributed to India, Japan, Malaysia, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Pakistan and the Philippines.

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NBC operated NBC Super Sports, a 24-hour channel devoted to televising sporting events.

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In July 1998, NBC Asia was replaced by a regional version of the National Geographic Channel.

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In March and April 2019, the Huffington Post and Wired reported that NBC had paid a firm to improve its reputation by lobbying for changes to the Wikipedia articles on Nextdoor, NBC and several others.

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NBC's videos were distributed by Warner Home Video in 1981, and then later Trimark Home Video in 1997.

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