call_letters = WBGH-CA
station_slogan =
station_branding = NBC 5 (cable slot)
analog = 20 (UHF)
digital = 4 (VHF, WIVT-DT 34.2)
affiliations = NBC
owner = Newport Television
licensee = Newport Television License, LLC
founded = September 10, 1995
location = Binghamton, New York
callsign_meaning = BinGHamton
former_callsigns = W08DL (1995-1997)
WBGH-LP (1997-2001)
former_channel_numbers = 8 (1995-1998)
sister_stations = WIVT
former_affiliations =
effective_radiated_power = 161 watts
HAAT = 594 m
facility_id = 15569
coordinates = coord|42|3|39|N|75|56|36|W|type:landmark_scale:2000
homepage =

WBGH-CA, channel 20, is the low-powered NBC-affiliated television station for Binghamton, New York. Its transmitter is located near Summit Hill. Owned by Newport Television, the station is sister to ABC affiliate WIVT. The two stations share studios on Ingraham Hill Road near Summit Hill. WBGH can be seen on Time Warner cable channel 5 which is reflected in its on-air branding, "NBC 5". Syndicated programing on the station includes: "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?", "Scrubs", "Extra", and "Judge David Young".


WBGH-CA began broadcasting on September 10, 1995. Its signal was located on VHF channel 8 and had the callsign W08DL. The station's sign-on occurred after the market's long time NBC affiliate WICZ became a Fox affiliate. That switch happened as a result of "The Big Switch of 1994-1997". W08DL was initially a partial semi-satellite of Elmira's NBC affiliate WETM-TV which was owned by Smith Broadcasting. In 1997, W08DL changed its callsign to WBGH-LP. Eventually, the station largely separated from the WETM partial simulcast with the exception of airing that station's newscasts.

In 1998, WBGH-LP moved to UHF channel 20 to make way for WICZ's digital signal on channel 8. In 2000, Smith Broadcasting sold WBGH-LP and WETM (along with Watertown's ABC affiliate WWTI) to the Ackerley Group of Seattle. With this sale, WBGH's last ties with WETM were severed since Ackerley already owned WIVT at the time and that station began controlling WBGH when the deal closed. Shortly after Ackerley assumed control of WBGH, it was upgraded to Class A status and changed its calls to the present-day WBGH-CA. Ackerley was bought out by Clear Channel Communications in 2002.

On April 20, 2007, Clear Channel entered into an agreement to sell its entire television stations group to Providence Equity Partners with the group deal closing on March 14, 2008. WBGH is licensed by the FCC as a low-power, Class A analog station and does not provide digital off-the-air transmissions of its own. As it operates as part of the WIVT twinstick, it is possible that that station's digital transmitter could be used to carry WBGH on an ATSC subchannel. The official plan is to broadcast WBGH-CA in high definition in the future with the FCC's digital rollout plan for low power stations. Currently, Time Warner Cable carries a high definition signal of WBGH on digital channel 700. WIVT's weeknight newscasts at 5:30 and 6 as well as the short 11 o'clock update are simulcasted on WBGH.

External links

* [http://www.newschannel34.com/ WBGH-CA "NBC 5"]
* [http://www.nbc.com NBC]

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