The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) is an American television network that is home to many of today’s most popular television shows like “Desperate Housewives”, “LOST”, “Dancing With the Stars”, “Grey’s Anatomy”, and “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition”.

ABC owns 10 local broadcast channels across the United States, and is one of the US’ four major broadcast companies.

Purchased by The Walt Disney Company in 1996, The American Broadcasting Company, Inc. became incorporated under the name ABC Inc. ABC is then broken up into several key divisions:

As a member of The Walt Disney Company family, ABC is a “sibling” to a variety of entertainment outlets like the Disney Channel, ESPN, Lifetime, Touchstone Pictures, and many other Disney holdings.

For those of you who need the “cliff notes” version of ABC, here is a slide show with 10 quick facts:

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