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WBNS-TV

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WBNS-TV, channel 10, is a CBS-affiliated television station licensed to Columbus, Ohio, United States It serves as the flagship television station of the Dispatch Broadcast Group and is co-owned with WBNS radio 1460 AM and 971 FM WBNS-TV's studios and transmitting facilities are co-located west of Downtown Columbus, near the confluence of the Olentangy and Scioto rivers

The Dispatch Broadcast Group's operations also include WTHR, the NBC affiliate in Indianapolis, Indiana

Contents

  • 1 History
  • 2 Digital television
    • 21 Digital channels
    • 22 Analog-to-digital conversion
  • 3 Retransmission disputes
  • 4 News operation
  • 5 Notable alumni
  • 6 References
  • 7 External links

Historyedit

Former WBNS-TV broadcast tower left, next to the candelabra tower from which WBNS-TV and WBNS-FM now broadcast WCMH-TV as well as the majority of Columbus FM radio stations also broadcast from the candelabra tower

WBNS-TV began operations on October 5, 19492 WBNS radio had been a CBS Radio Network affiliate for almost 20 years, so channel 10 immediately joined the CBS television network It is currently the ninth longest-tenured CBS affiliate Channel 10 has used the on-air branding of 10TV since 1977 It is also one of only a few stations in the country to have had the same owner, call letters and primary network affiliation throughout its history, as well as the only major station in the city still owned by Ohio interests

The WBNS stations maintained common ownership with The Columbus Dispatch, the city's lone remaining daily newspaper and the "N" in the station's call letters, until 2015 under a exemption of the Federal Communications Commission FCC's cross-ownership rules The FCC has largely prohibited common ownership of co-located print and broadcast media since the middle-1970s The Wolfe family, who purchased the Dispatch in 1905, sold the newspaper and related assets to New Media Investment Group in June 2015

WBNS-TV was known for its locally produced shows Flippo the Clown, Luci's Toyshop, Franz the Toymaker, and programs hosted by popular Columbus Zoo and Aquarium personality Jack Hanna Hanna's Ark The station also featured "Fritz the Nite Owl," who hosted midnight movies during the 1970s, and the Sunday state government talk show called Capital Square in the 1990s Throughout much of the 1990s and early years of the millennium, WBNS-TV was home to the 10TV Kids News Network KNN; a local show, "produced by kids, for kids" The half-hour show aired Saturday mornings Several KNN kids have gone on to pursue careers in television news or public relations in central Ohio

In 1995, WBNS-TV replaced Cleveland's WJW-TV as the default affiliate in the Mansfield area part of the Cleveland–Akron DMA after WJW became a Fox broadcast outlet The new Cleveland CBS affiliate, WOIO, unlike WBNS-TV, did not reach Mansfield with a Grade B signal WBNS also replaced Toledo CBS affiliate WTOL on cable television in the Lima DMA

The first live high-definition broadcast on the station's digital signal took place in September 1998 in which the broadcast was a football game between Ohio State and West Virginia, making the station a pioneer in American digital television The station claims this to have been the first locally produced HD broadcast in the US; however, as several other stations throughout the country also lay claim to this distinction, the veracity cannot be verified It is widely considered the first ever live sports game in HD in the US produced using a production truck and transmission vehicle from NHK, Japan's national public broadcasting organization3

The station has strong ties to the athletic department of Ohio State University For many years, it has produced the coaches shows for both the football and men's basketball teams, along with other shows about Ohio State athletics Additionally, its radio sister has been the flagship station of Ohio State football and basketball for decades Prior to the launch of the Big Ten Network in September 2007, the station aired Ohio State games offered by ESPN Plus in both sports, including prime-time pre-emptions of CBS network programming for games Because of the Big Ten Network's exclusive contracts to cover live Ohio State sports, WBNS now only carries selected CBS Big Ten basketball broadcasts on weekends and latter portions of the conference tourney, although the programming outside of live sports remains produced by WBNS-TV

Working with sister company Radio Sound Network, WBNS-TV, WBNS AM, and ONN, produced and distributed on a Streaming media platform the Ohio State spring football game in 2001 It was one of the first live sporting events in the US to be streamed The game was delivered on RealVideo, a compressed video format, on the RealPlayer media player platform on the station's website It also was distributed to Windows Mobile mobile devices using the Windows Media Player format, including Compaq's IPAQ personal digital assistant which required an ExpressCard to connect to the Internet

WBNS-TV has been the market's home of the syndicated runs of Wheel of Fortune since 1983 and Jeopardy! since 1984, one of the few stations to carry the entire run of both series

Digital televisionedit

Digital channelsedit

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel PSIP Short Name Video Aspect Programming4
101 WBNS TV 1080i 16:9 Main WBNS-TV programming / CBS
102 WBNSTV2 480i 4:3 Heroes & Icons
103 WBNSTV3 16:9 Decades

WBNS-TV broadcasts in Dolby 51 and uses its SAP channel for varying purposes, including simulcasts of its radio sister and simulcasts of NOAA weather radio, along with Descriptive Video Service and Spanish language NFL coverage from CBS

On June 12, 2009, WBNS-TV launched Doppler 10 Now, a weather subchannel, carried on channel 102, based on the Local AccuWeather platform5 On May 28, 2013, WBNS-TV announced that the 102 subchannel would begin carrying Antenna TV6 WBNS' promotions for the network, tagged as "Ridiculously Retro", showcase clips from Flippo the Clown and Lucy's Toyshop, hinting that old, local favorites could return to the airwaves

Analog-to-digital conversionedit

WBNS-TV shut down its analog signal, over VHF channel 10, on June 12, 2009, as part of the federally mandated transition from analog to digital television78 The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 21,9 using PSIP to display WBNS-TV's virtual channel as 10 on digital television receivers

Retransmission disputesedit

As of September 15, 2012, the high-definition feed for WBNS-TV was dropped from Dish Network due to a contractual dispute between the two sides

On September 6, 2017, WBNS and Indianapolis sister station WTHR, in both SD and HD formats, were pulled from their respective local AT&T U-verse and DirecTV channel lineups in a dispute over retransmission licensing fees10

News operationedit

WBNS-TV Eyewitness News open, 2004

WBNS-TV was the first television station in the Columbus market to debut a news helicopter, "10TV SkyCam" now "Chopper 10" in 1979, satellite news truck "10TV Skybeam" in 1986 and launch the Ohio News Network in 1997, which shared studio and office space with WBNS until ONN ended on August 31, 2012

Appropriately for a station with roots in a newspaper, WBNS-TV has been a consistent ratings leader in programming and news for most of the time since records have been kept In fact, for many years a popular saying in Columbus was "4 and 6 don't equal 10", referring to WBNS-TV and its rivals, WLWC/WCMH-TV Channel 4 and WTVN-TV/WSYX Channel 6 In 1983, the station, under the leadership of general manager Gene D'Angelo, news director Larry Maisel, and marketing director David Sams, took out a full page back cover ad in Weekly Variety touting its dominance as having the #1 local evening newscast in the nation 53 share at 6 pm, top 50 markets

The first major challenge to Channel 10's dominance occurred in 1985, two years after WCMH began featuring the popular anchor team and then-married couple of Doug Adair and Mona Scott From then until the mid-2000s, WBNS-TV and WCMH alternated holding the dominant ratings position for their 11 pm newscasts and were virtually tied for ratings leads However, since 2002, WBNS-TV has returned to a dominant position due to stronger CBS programming and CBS' reacquisition of Sunday-afternoon NFL telecasts WBNS-TV usually rotates games among the two teams with the largest followings in the Columbus market—the Cincinnati Bengals and Cleveland Browns both of whom are part of the CBS package for the American Football Conference When possible, WBNS also airs games of the Pittsburgh Steelers, a division rival of the Bengals and Browns whose fan base extends into portions of the WBNS viewing area

During Super Bowl XLI, channel 10 debuted a large marketing campaign to promote the launch of 10TV News in high definition The song "Carousels Dreaming of Tomorrow" by Columbus rock band Alamoth Lane was used throughout the course of the campaign Some of the band members were shot playing on the roof of WBNS with the Columbus skyline behind them The song was also used to promote sister station WTHR's 50th anniversary in 2007

The station began making preparations for the transition to HD in late March 2007, and debuted its 5:00 pm newscast in high definition on April 2, becoming the first television station in Central Ohio to produce newscasts in HD The station's newscasts are now known as 10TV News; 10TV News HD was used from 2007 to 2012, after being known as 10TV Eyewitness News for many years

On November 7, 2008, WBNS-TV's morning-noon anchor Heather Pick died of breast cancer Pick learned in 2004 that the disease she overcame in 1999 had returned In her last public appearance, Heather hosted the "Spirit Celebration with Heather Pick", raising almost $500,000 for the Columbus Cancer Clinic11

On January 3, 2011, WBNS expanded its weekday morning newscast to 2½ hours, starting at 4:25 am Weekend anchors Jeff Hogan and Angela An replaced Chuck Strickler and Anietra Hamper as anchors, and weeknight 5:30 pm anchor Tracy Townsend replaced Hamper and Strickler as noon anchors12

On May 11, 2011, WBNS-TV gained high-profile advertising when WBNS logos and a news ticker replaced those belonging to WCMH-TV on the Casto Building at the corner of High and Broad streets in downtown Columbus Beginning in 2008, the building was leased by rival station WCMH-TV to house its NBC 4 on the Square newscast When WCMH discontinued the newscast, WBNS assumed the lease but decided not to utilize the street-level studio space13

On October 1, 2012, WBNS-TV launched a redesigned set14

On September 17, 2013, Maria Tiberi, the 21-year-old daughter of WBNS-TV sports director Dom Tiberi, was killed in a car accident along Interstate 270 in Hilliard Although authorities stated that Maria was distracted at the time of the accident, they did not claim that the distraction was a cell phone In honor of Maria, WBNS has launched a campaign known as "Maria's Message", an awareness program which aims to prevent such accidents from occurring15 On April 8, 2014, the 130th Ohio General Assembly signed into law Senate Bill 294, which officially designated September as "Safe Driving Awareness Month" in honor of Maria16

Notable alumniedit

Comedian Jonathan Winters, then known as Johnny Winters, promoting Gambrinus Beer in the early 1950s for August Wagner Breweries, Inc on WBNS-TV in Columbus, Ohio
  • Sharyl Attkisson - Former CBS reporter
  • Andrea Cambern - anchor 1991-2012; retired and living in California with her husband
  • Keith Cate - weekend anchor 1988–1993; now evening co-anchor at WFLA-TV in Tampa
  • Carol Costello - 6 and 11 pm anchor 1990–1992; now at CNN
  • Jay Crawford - sports anchor 1993–1998; now at ESPN
  • Faith Daniels - daytime anchor 1982-1983; later with CBS News and NBC's Today Show
  • Mike Gleason - sports announcer 1987-1998 Currently Fox Sports 1 announcer, previously at ESPN
  • Jack Hanna - program host Hanna's Ark and Front Page Saturday Night
  • Phil Keating - reporter 1993; now at Fox News Channel17
  • Dave Malkoff - overnight update anchor/associate producer now at NBCUniversal's The Weather Channel
  • Ron Olsen - Reporter Went on to KABC and KTLA in Los Angeles, Peabody recipient for Rodney King beating story
  • Frederick "Fritz the Nite Owl" Peerenboom - program host
  • Heather Pick - weekday morning and noon anchor 2002–2008; died on November 7, 2008 due to breast cancer
  • Gary Radnich - sports director/anchor 1982–85; now with KRON-TV in San Francisco
  • David Sams - producer, executive producer created the first tabloid TV magazine program in the nation, Front Page, while at WBNS-TV, and director of marketing
  • Rod Serling - writer, producer and creator of The Twilight Zone deceased
  • Dana Tyler - evening anchor 1981–1990; currently 6 pm co-anchor/reporter at WCBS-TV in New York City
  • Jonathan Winters - performer and comedian deceased

Referencesedit

  1. ^ "FCC grants three commercial video" Broadcasting - Telecasting, March 22, 1948, pg 93
  2. ^ "WBNS-TV opens; Tele-Center dedicated" Broadcasting - Telecasting, October 24, 1949, pg 48
  3. ^ NHK: Profile
  4. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for WBNS
  5. ^ Glen Dickson 19 June 2009 "WBNS Launches AccuWeather Channel" Broadcasting & Cable broadcastingcablecom Retrieved 2012-05-01 
  6. ^ ‘Antenna TV’ To Launch On WBNS-10TV's 102 Channel In June, WBNS-TV, 28 May 2013 Retrieved 2013-06-04
  7. ^ "WBNS-10TV Delays DTV Transition To June 12" WBNS 6 February 2009 Retrieved 2012-05-01 
  8. ^ List of Digital Full-Power Stations
  9. ^ "DTV Transition Status Report" FCC 16 April 2009 Retrieved 2012-05-01 
  10. ^ http://wwwdispatchcom/news/20170908/wbns-tv-still-missing-from-directv-atampt-as-contract-flap-continues
  11. ^ "WBNS-10TV Remembers Heather Pick" WBNS-TV 7 November 2008 Retrieved 2012-05-01 
  12. ^ "WBNS Expands Early Morning News" TVnewscheckcom 15 December 2010 Retrieved 2012-05-01 
  13. ^ "10TV Debuts Signs At Broad And High" WBNS 11 May 2011 Retrieved 2012-05-01 
  14. ^ http://www10tvcom/content/slideshows/2012/10/slideshow-wbns-10tv-set-debuthtml
  15. ^ http://dispatchclientmediaservercom/splashpage/20140206_marias_message/
  16. ^ http://archiveslegislaturestateohus/BillText130/130_SB_294_EN_Npdf
  17. ^ "Phil Keating Bio" Fox News Retrieved 9 March 2013 

External linksedit

  • Official website
  • WBNS-TV Station History
  • Query the FCC's TV station database for WBNS-TV
  • BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on WBNS-TV

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