WNBC is the call sign for the flagship station of the NBC television network, broadcasting from New York City on digital channel 28, displayed as virtual 4. Its sister station is Telemundo owned-and-operated station WNJU/channel 47 (Linden, N.J. city of license).
WNBC first began in 1941 on channel 1 as call letters WNBT owned by RCA. In 1946, the channel number had changed to 4. In 1954, the station changed its call letters to WRCA-TV, then to the current WNBC in 1960. WNBC is also available on DirecTV channel 384 for viewers who cannot receive their nearest NBC station.
Over its history, channel 4 has enjoyed success with its news department, in terms of ratings and critical acclaim. From the late 1960s through the 1980s, WNBC was involved in a fierce three-way battle with WCBS-TV and WABC-TV for the top spot in the New York television ratings. This continued during a lean period for NBC as a whole. WNBC's hallmark over the years has been strong coverage of breaking stories and a straight news product that feaures entertainment elements as well as information. Prime examples of this are Live at Five and Today in New York, which provide a mix of news, features and interviews.
WNBC has sold its spectrum to the FCC in the spectrum incentive auction and will shut down its digital 28 signal in the near future. They will go into a channel sharing agreement with WNJU/channel 47 (digital 36), broadcasting on a subchannel of that station while retaining 4 as their virtual channel.
|4.1||28.1||WNBC-DT||Main WNBC (NBC)|
Current NBC Prime-Time Schedule
|Monday||Extra||Access Hollywood||The Voice||Taken||4 NY News @ 11|
|Tuesday||Extra||Access Hollywood||The Voice||Great News||Great News||Chicago Fire||4 NY News @ 11|
|Wednesday||Extra||Access Hollywood||Blindspot||Law and Order: Special Victims Unit||Chicago PD||4 NY News @ 11|
|Thursday||Extra||Access Hollywood||Superstore||Powerless||Chicago Med||The Blacklist||4 NY News @ 11|
|Friday||Extra||Access Hollywood||First Dates||Dateline NBC||4 NY News @ 11|
|Saturday||Access Hollywood||LX.TV: 1st Look NY||Encore programming||SNL Vintage||4 NY News Weekend|
|Sunday||Little Big Shots||Little Big Shots||Chicago Justice||Shades of Blue||4 NY News Weekend|