National Broadcasting Company (NBC) is an American
television network headquartered in the GE Building
in New York City's Rockefeller Center. It is sometimes
referred to as the Peacock Network due to its
stylized peacock logo.
Formed in 1926 by the Radio Corporation of America
(RCA), NBC was the first major broadcast network
in the United States. In 1986, control of NBC
passed to General Electric (GE), with GE's $6.4
billion purchase of RCA. After the acquisition,
the chief executive of NBC was Bob Wright, until
he retired, giving his job to Jeff Zucker. The
network is currently part of the media company
NBC Universal, a unit of General Electric (80%)
and Vivendi (20%).
NBC is available in an estimated 112 million households,
or 98.6% of the country.
NBC has 10 owned-and-operated stations and nearly
200 affiliates in the United States and its territories.
presently operates on an 87-hour regular network
programming schedule. It provides 22 hours of
prime time programming to affiliated stations:
8-11pm(ET/PT)/7:00-10:00 pm(CT,MT,AT)/6-9 pm (HT)
Monday through Saturday and 7-11 pm on Sundays.
Programming is also provided 7-11 am weekdays
in the form of Today, which also has a two-hour
Saturday and one-hour Sunday edition; the one-hour
weekday drama Days of our Lives; nightly editions
of NBC Nightly News; the Sunday political talk
show Meet the Press; weekday early-morning news
program Early Today; late night talk shows The
Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with Jimmy
Fallon and Last Call with Carson Daly; sketch
comedy show Saturday Night Live; Late-late-night
poker series Poker After Dark; weeknight rebroadcasts
of The Tonight Show under the banner NBC All Night;
and a three-hour Saturday morning animation block
under the name qubo. In addition, sports programming
is also provided weekend afternoons any time from
12-6 pm. ET, or tape-delayed PT.