ABC Affiliates on Ku-Band (1998)

JosephHolloway1998

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As shown in that link, ABC had Full time Ku-Band Transponder Services on Telstar 4, transponder 9, Telstar 4, transponder 12 and GSTAR-4, transponder 11. Those feeds on Telstar 4 Ku and GSTAR4 were mostly for Satellite Newsgathering feeds. Their primary satellites on Ku-band were SBS-6, Telstar 4, Telstar 5 and GSTAR-4.
 

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Speaking of all that, WJXX had a newsmagazine program called "ABC 25 Tonight" leading to the launch of a full-fledged news department in December 1997, that program was also being simulcast on WBSG Brunswick, GA as a semi-satellite of WJXX (which had it's own-standalone 11PM newscast prior to WJXX's news launch) whose WB affiliation moved over to WJWB-TV (formerly WJKS-TV which discontinued its ABC affiliation in February 1997).
 

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The Ku side of Spacenet 3R also carried newsfeeds from Florida (including WJXX Jacksonville/WBSG Brunswick (owned by Allbritton Communications at the time), WCJB Ocala/Gainesville, WPLG Miami, WPBF West Palm Beach, WFTV Orlando, WEAR Mobile-Pensacola (owned by Sinclair), WTXL Tallahassee, WMBB Panama City, WZVN Naples, WFTS Tampa Bay, WWSB Sarasota, Central Florida News 13 (Cable), Bay News 9 (Cable) etc....) in addition to the NyNet/Sunnysat, Oregon Ed-Net and NY State Lotto feeds.
 

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As for the earlier conversation Sinclair I believe used T5 Ku (same sat as the CBS Newspath and FOX SNG feeds, several ITC sports backhauls were on there as welll) for their newsfeeds (WSYX Columbus, WEAR Mobile-Pensacola, WCHS Charleston, WV, KDNL St. Louis, WLOS Ashville/Greenville/Spartanburg, WXLV Greensboro-High Point, WGGB Springfield, MA (acquired from Guy Gannett) etc....)
 

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Like most other networks, ABC requires all of their affiliates to have local newscasts. But there were several of them that didn't have any news outlets such as WBND-LD South Bend/UPN secondary and WGTU Traverse City/Cadillac (whose news operation was scaled back 13 years ago after failing to make headway against WPBN 7&4 and WWTV 9&10).
 

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And for figuring out which full-time Ku transponders they had (Telstar 4, transponder 9 & 12 and GSTAR4, transponder 11 mainly for satellite newsgathering feeds). I'd like to know which transponder ABC used for the ENG and newscast feeds.
 

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