Bellingham is a medium-sized city located in northwestern Washington State. North of Seattle by 90 miles, Bellingham sits south of the Canadian border by 21 miles. The 2013 census states the city has a population of 80, 631. Bellingham has three locally own TV stations. Local residents are also able to pickup TV station broadcasts based in the Seattle area as well as Canada.
KVOS is the oldest TV station in the Bellingham area. Founded in 1952, its coverage ranges from British Columbia in the north to Seattle in the south. KVOS is owned by OTA Broadcasting, and is an affiliate of Me-TV. Me-TV specializes in retro-programming featuring shows from the 1950s, ‘60s,’ 70s and ‘80s. Some of the programs include such classics as “Perry Mason,” “I Love Lucy,” M.A.S.H,” “Bonanza” and “The Mary Tyler Moore Show.” KVOS selects programs from Me-TV’s programming schedule and fills in with its own local programming and classic movies.
KBCB is an independent TV station based in Bellingham. It is affiliated with ShopNBC. Its local programming features Monday morning shows that highlights events and businesses in downtown Bellingham’s Depot Market Square. The Fox Network attempted to purchase KBCB for $10 million in 2014. They were interested in the station as a home market for the Seattle Seahawks. Fox’s application to purchase KBCB was dismissed by the Federal Communications Commission.
TV Channel 10 BYV represents Bellingham's local public access channel. As a community-based station, it provides a forum for city council meetings and other municipal topics affecting the city of Bellingham and the surrounding regions. Channel 10 reaches more than 20,000 homes in the Bellingham area. The city uses the channel as one of its primary methods to communicate with local residents.
Several additional TV stations are available to Bellingham residents broadcasting from the Seattle, Tacoma or Canadian regions. KOMO Channel 4 is the local ABC affiliate owned by Fisher Communications based in the Seattle and Tacoma area. KIRO TV 7 is the CBS affiliate, and KING TV 5 is the NBC affiliate. KIRO is owned by Cox Enterprises and the Belo Corporation owns KING TV. The local Public Broadcasting Service affiliate is KCTS 9 based in Seattle. KSTW 11 is the CW Television Network affiliate based in Seattle. CBUT Channel 2 is a Canadian TV station featuring programs produced by the Canadian Broadcasting Company.
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