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ABC launches on October 12, 1943 as a radio network after Edward J. Noble of LifeSavers purchased the Blue Network from NBC for $8M. NBC was forced to sell following the Federal Communications Commission's decree that RCA divest itself of one of its two radio networks.
ABC extends its operations to television, following in the footsteps of established broadcast networks CBS and NBC.
United Paramount Theatres purchased ABC in exchange for $25 million in shares.
ABC launches a campaign ushering in the "New ABC", with productions from several studios, including MGM, Warner Bros. and 20th Century Fox.
ABC agrees to finance Walt Disney's Disneyland in exchange for the right to broadcast a new Sunday night program called Disneyland
DuMont Television Network goes bankrupt and ABC finds itself as the third US TV network, dubbed the "little third network"
Walt Disney Productions, having improved its financial situation, purchases ABC's shares in the Disneyland theme park for $7.5M.
The corporate entity, American Broadcasting-Paramount Theatres, is renamed as the American Broadcasting Companies.
On December 7, 1965, Goldenson announces a merger with International Telephone & Telegraph and the two companies agree to the deal on April 27, 1966.
The ITT merger is called off after the US DOJ expresses concern over the journalistic integrity of ABC and how it can be influenced by the overseas ownership of ITT.
ABC debuts Monday Night Football
ABC's executives approves the 80% acquisition of ESPN from Getty Oil, while selling the remaining 20% to Nabisco.
On March 16, 1985, ABC's executive committee accepts Capital Cities merger offer, with Capital Cities purchasing ABC and its related properties for $3.5B.
On July 31, 1995, The Walt Disney Company announces an agreement to merge with Capital Cities/ABC for $19B.
ABC's average viewership declines, landing the network in fourth place, behind NBC, CBS and Fox.
The Walt Disney Company announces an agreement with Citadel Broadcasting to merge the ABC Radio Network with Citadel.
ABC currently has 8 owned-and-operated and over 232 affiliated television stations throughout the United States and its territories.