12 Facts About WJZ-TV


WJZ-TV is a television station in Baltimore, Maryland, United States, airing programming from the CBS network.

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In 1959, WJZ-TV collaborated with WBAL-TV and WMAR-TV to form a joint venture to build the world's first three-pronged candelabra tower.

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WJZ-TV nearly lost its ABC affiliation in 1977, when the network briefly pursued WBAL-TV just as ABC became the most-watched broadcast network in the United States for the first time.

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ABC was reluctant to include WMAR, then an NBC affiliate, in the deal; it had been a ratings -ran for over 30 years while WJZ-TV was one of the strongest ABC affiliates in the nation.

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WJZ-TV picked up the Late Show with David Letterman, which had aired on WNUV after WBAL passed on it .

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WJZ-TV has used its current stylized "13" logo, using a font face exclusive to Group W, since 1967.

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WJZ-TV is the Baltimore area affiliate of the It's Academic high school quiz competition.

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Since becoming a CBS affiliate, WJZ-TV has carried the network's lineup in pattern with virtually no preemptions except for breaking news emergencies and Orioles baseball games, as per an agreement between Group W and CBS.

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However, in the official November 2009 Nielsen ratings sweeps period, the first since the debut of The Jay Leno Show, WJZ-TV returned to a dominant position at 11 p m for the first time since the early 2000s.

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WJZ-TV was the first station in Baltimore to hire a full-time consumer reporter, as well as the first station to organize an investigative reporting team.

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WJZ-TV worked alongside Jerry Turner, one of the most popular anchormen in Baltimore television history.

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Since September 2008, The Baltimore Sun has had a news partnership with WJZ-TV; involving sharing content, story leads, and cooperating together on stories.

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