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American Broadcasting Company
American Broadcasting Company
Current Name American Broadcasting Company
Role Broadcasting Network
Predecessor(s) NBC Blue Network
Founded May 15, 1943
Key Figure(s) Edward John Noble (Founder)
Ben Sherwood (Co-Chairman, Disney Media Networks; President, Disney–ABC Television Group)
Channing Dungey (President, ABC Entertainment Group)
James Goldston (President, ABC News Group)
Parent Company The Walt Disney Company

American Broadcasting Company, or ABC for short, is a commercial broadcasting network owned by The Walt Disney Company. It previously aired Spider-Man, Fantastic Four, and Spider-Woman during their initial runs.


The company started out as NBC Blue Network before merging with several others to form ABC, founded by Edward John Noble. It initially focused on radio before moving into television in 1948. It was one of the "Big Three" stations along with NBC and CBS. In the 1950s, ABC began partnering with Disney to air their programming. It transitioned to color in the 1960s. On February 9th, 1996, Disney officially purchased ABC and it's partner ESPN.

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