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WBBJ-TV, virtual channel 7 (UHF digital channel 43), is a dual ABC/CBS-affiliated television station licensed to Jackson, Tennessee, United States. The station is owned by Bahakel Communications. WBBJ's studios are located on Muse Street in Jackson, and its transmitter is located on Potts Chapel Road in unincorporated eastern Madison County.

History[]

The station signed on March 6, 1955 as WDXI-TV, Jackson's first television station. It operated an analog signal on VHF channel 7, and was a CBS affiliate owned by Aaron Robinson along with WDXI radio (1310 AM). Cy Bahakel bought the station in 1966 and changed the call letters to the current WBBJ-TV in 1967 (as Robinson's estate held on to WDXI radio). Since then, WBBJ has had the longest ownership tenure of any station in Tennessee, surpassing stations in much larger markets in the state.

Soon after Bahakel took over, in January 1967, the station dropped CBS in favor of ABC (which WDXI-TV had carried as a secondary affiliation for some time beforehand); since then (and until the launch of WBBJ's CBS-affiliated subchannel), Jackson has received CBS programming from WREC-TV/WREG-TV in Memphis. Like many of the stations that operated in analog on channel 7, the station has used various versions of the circle 7 logo over the years; since 2003, WBBJ has used the original, ABC-trademarked version. Jackson can also see ABC programming over-the-air in some areas through WATN-TV in Memphis but that outlet is not carried on local cable providers.

WBBJ-TV shut down its analog signal, over VHF channel 7, on June 12, 2009, as part of the federally mandated transition from analog broadcasts to digital broadcasts. On January 1, 2012, WBBJ-DT3 became the area's CBS affiliate bringing the network back to the market (and back to WBBJ, which carried the network until 1967). Outside of CBS programming, WBBJ-DT3 also carries programming from MeTV, syndicated programming, and WBBJ newscasts (either simulcast with the main channel or shown exclusively on the subchannel). Prior to this launch, WBBJ-DT3 served as a 24-hour live feed of a NOAA National Weather Service Doppler weather radar with audio from NOAA Weather Radio. As of September 2018, WBBJ-DT3 has been airing in 720p high definition (upgraded from its original 16:9 widescreen standard definition picture format), downconverted from the native resolution of 1080i for the CBS network, while continuing to air programming from the MeTV service during select hours (on weekday afternoons and during overnight hours on weekends) on the same subchannel. A direct-to-cable full 1080i high definition feed of WBBJ-DT3 is available on select cable providers.


TV stations in Tennessee
WKRN, Nashville

WATN, Memphis
WTVC, Chattanooga
WJHL-DT2, Johnson City/Kingsport/Bristol
WATE, Knoxville
WBBJ, Jackson

TV stations in Tennessee
WTVF, Nashville

WREG, Memphis
WDEF, Chattanooga
WJHL, Johnson City/Kingsport/Bristol
WVLT, Knoxville
WBBJ-DT3, Jackson

TV stations in serving central West Tennessee, including Jackson, Lexington and Martin
WBBJ 7 (ABC)
WLJT 11 (PBS)
WJKT 16 (Fox)
W18BL-D 18 (Ind.)
WHJK-LD 20 (Escape)
WYJJ-LD 27 (COURT TV/MNTV)
WNBJ-LD 39 (NBC)
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