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The ABC Television Network (ABC being short for American Broadcasting Companies) in the United States is a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company. "The ABC Television Network includes ABC Entertainment, ABC Daytime, ABC News, ABC Sports, ABC Kids and the Disney-owned production company Touchstone Television. ABC Owned Television Stations operates 10 stations in top markets across the country," the company states on its website. "Disney Media Networks comprise a vast array of broadcast, cable, radio, publishing and Internet businesses." ABC was created in 1943 from the former NBC Blue network and first broadcast on television in 1948. [1]

The Walt Disney Company bought ABC in 1996. "The network produces many of its own shows through Touchstone Television and Buena Vista Television. The network reported sales of $11.8 billion in 2004, and is a major part of the Walt Disney media empire," Media Owners reports. [2]

In 2007, ABC sold ABC Radio Networks to Citadel Broadcasting. [1]

Spinning September 11

The Firedoglake weblog has featured an article by Sheldon Rampton describing the ABC television network's plan to broadcast The Path to 9/11, a right-wing "docudrama" that placed a lion’s share of the blame for the 9/11 terrorist attacks on alleged failures of the Clinton administration. Under fire, ABC erased the show’s official blog after it attracted multiple comments from the public criticizing the film's inaccuracies. However, a Google cache of the blog still exists. has saved a copy of some of the content that the Google cache missed.

Using A Video News Release

ABC News network was documented airing a video news release by the Center for Media and Democracy, in its November 2006 report "Still Not the News: Stations Overwhelmingly Fail to Disclose VNRs. [3]

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  1. ABC Radio Network, Hoovers, accessed October 2007.

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