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In the broadcasting industry (especially in North America), a network affiliate (or affiliated station) is a local broadcaster which carries some or all of the program line-up of a television or radio network, but is owned by a company other than the owner of the network. This distinguishes such a station from an owned-and-operated station (O&O), which is owned by its parent network.

Notwithstanding this distinction, it is common in informal speech (even for networks or O&Os themselves) to refer to any station, O&O or otherwise, that carries a particular network's programming as an affiliate, or to refer to the status of carrying such programming in a given market as "affiliation".

In the United States, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulations limit the number of network-owned stations as a percentage of total market size. As such, networks tend to have O&Os only in the largest media markets (e.g. New York City and Los Angeles), and rely on affiliates to carry their programming in other markets. However, even the largest markets may have network affiliates in lieu of O&Os. For instance, Tribune Broadcasting's WPIX serves as the New York City affiliate for the CW Television Network, which does not have an O&O in that market. On the other hand, several other TV stations in the same market — WABC (ABC), WCBS (CBS), WNBC (NBC), WNJU (Telemundo), WNYW (Fox), WWOR-TV (MyNetworkTV), WPXN (ION), WXTV (Univision) and WFUT (TeleFutura) — are O&Os.

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  • DPG Investments, LLC and Affiliates Structure $70 Million Multifamily Portfolio Transaction in Texas
    DPG Investments, LLC and affiliates are proud to announce the successful structuring of $70 million in general partner, limited partner, senior debt, and mezzanine capital for a joint venture between Wilkinson Corporation and Capstone Communities Management, LLC for their acquisition of 1,568 apartment units in several multifamily properties located throughout the Read more on this news related to 'Affiliates'
  • Petitions filed to force Truland Group affiliates into bankruptcy
    A group of pension and trust funds for local electrical workers has filed petitions to force companies affiliated with Truland Group into bankruptcy amid reports that the Reston-based electrical contr... Read more on this news related to 'Affiliates'
  • Prudential MAC Real Estate Joins Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Real Estate Brokerage Network
    Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, the real estate brokerage network operated by HSF Affiliates LLC, today announced that Prudential MAC Real Estate has joined the network and is now Read more on this news related to 'Affiliates'

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