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Boston, Massachusetts
United States
BrandingWCVB Channel 5 (general)
WCVB NewsCenter 5 (newscasts)
SloganBoston’s News Leader
ChannelsDigital: 20 (UHF)
(to move to 33 (UHF))
Virtual: 5 (PSIP)
  • 5.1: 1080i 16:9 WCVB-DT
  • 5.2: 480i 16:9 MeTV
  • 5.1: ABC
  • 5.2: MeTV
OwnerHearst Television
(Hearst Stations Inc.)
First air dateMarch 19, 1972 (46 years ago) (1972-03-19)
Call letters’ meaningChannel V
(five in Roman Numerals, former analog and current PSIP channel)
in Boston
Sister station(s)WMUR-TV
Former channel number(s)
  • Analog:
  • 5 (VHF, 1972–2009)
Transmitter power625 kW
Height390 m (1,280 ft)
Facility ID65684
Transmitter coordinates42°18′37″N 71°14′14″W / 42.31028°N 71.23722°W / 42.31028; -71.23722Coordinates: 42°18′37″N 71°14′14″W / 42.31028°N 71.23722°W / 42.31028; -71.23722
Licensing authorityFCC
Public license information:Profile


Detailed Antenna Reception Information For Boston ABC Channel 5 WCVB


Virtual Channel5
RF Channel20
Effective Radiated Power (ERP)625 kW
Height Above Average Terrain (HAAT)390m
Radiation Center-above Mean Sea Level (RCAMSL)433m
Network AffiliationABC
Contact Street 15 TV Place
Contact CityNeedham
Contact StateMA
Contact Zip02494
Contact Phone781-449-0400
Additional DataFCC Station Information

WCVB 5 is a TV station in Boston, MA. It’s a local news and entertainment station that broadcasts a varied selection of general entertainment, sports, lifestyle shows, and local news. In addition to being known as WCVB 5 Boston ABC, it’s also called simply by its FCC call sign WCVB. You can watch the station online via the WCVB 5 live stream and its collection of videos, updated regularly.

Name: WCVB 5 Boston ABC
Call Sign: WCVB
Location: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Genre: Local News, Entertainment
Website: WCVB 5 Homepage

If you’re interested in a different station or stream, use the search box at the top of the page.

WCVB 5 is owned by Hearst Television. It is an affiliate of the network ABC network. As an affiliate, Boston ABC tends to focus its original news coverage on local issues during the traditional morning, mid-day, evening and late-night news slots. To fill in the rest of its broadcasting schedule, the station airs national programs provided by ABC.

See WCVB’s FCC Profile

WCVB 5 has a public information file maintained by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC). To go directly to WCVB’s FCC file, click the FCC link above.

The FCC’s station profile will contain important information about Boston ABC that falls within the public domain. For example, it may disclose such details as political advertisement time the station has sold (or given away), ownership particulars, or pending applications for programming changes.

Contact the Station

If you’re a public relations rep, you may want to mail some promotional materials to the station or get in touch with a specific member of its team. If you’re a curious viewer, you might be interested in arranging a tour of the station’s facilities. In either case, in addition to the contact info above, here are some more ways to get in touch—
By mail: 5 Tv Pl Needham, MA 02494-2302. Phone: 781-449-0400. Fax: 781-433-4510. Email: [email protected]