What Is ABC?

What Is ABC?

ABC is short for the American Broadcasting Company, one of the United States' traditional "Big Three" broadcast networks. ABC first broadcast October 12, 1943 as a radio network and expanded its operations to include television in 1948.

ABC began as the NBC Blue Network, a subsidiary of the National Broadcasting Company (NBC), but it eventually spun off to form its own company. ABC is the fifth-oldest broadcasting network in the world, though it is younger than competitors NBC and the Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS). ABC owns a number of cable channels, including sports giant ESPN, and is in turn owned by Walt Disney Incorporated.