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KBCH
KBCH logo

Location

San Francisco, CA
Alameda-East Bay bureau:
Oakland, CA
South Bay bureaus:
Pacifca, CA
San Bruno, CA

Branding

ABN Bay Area Ultra HD
Eyewitness News 5 Ultra HD

Slogan

Your Information Leader

Channel(s)

5.1 (UHF)

Subchannel(s)

ABN - 5.1
ABN Kids - 5.2
ABN Women - 5.3
ABN Maxx - 5.4
Mundovision - 5.5
ABN Sports Bay Area - 5.6
UBC - 5.7
G-ABN - 5.8
Big Sky Network - 5.9
ABN Ultra HD Cinemas - 5.10

Affilliation

American Broadcast Network

First air date

May 13, 1972

Former call letters

none

Fomer affilliation

none

Former Affiliation

KBCH is the ABN Network affiliate that serves the San Francisco, CA area. It broadcasts on channel 5 and can be viewed in the Oakland, San Bruno and Pacifica communities. Oakland serves as the Alameda-East Bay news bureau while Pacifica and San Bruno serve as the South Bay bureau.

"Golden Blackout" incident

On June 19, 2016, a hacker proclaimed as a Golden State Warriors fan hacked into the main signal of channel 5 and blacked out the nine subchannels while also DDoSing KBCH's IP addresses causing a mass wipeout of all systems. The blackout occurred at the end of the second quarter of the seventh game between GS and Cleveland the moment the hacker had seen Cleveland ahead of GS. It is believed the hacker also transmitted a virus similar to the infamous "Stuxnet" worm causing several systems to shutdown prematurely. It had also wiped out the transmitters' direct satellite feed to the game while creating a domino effect on 5.2 through 5.10. The hack caused eleven hours of lost airtime, and millions of dollars in damages to the station. Worse yet, KBCH's Emergency Alert System relays were also taken offline as well as the NOAA Weather Radio transmitter connected inside KBCH's weather office which added another three hours of lost air time and more resources to reactivate the EAS relays and NOAA Weather Radio transmitters. This is referred to as the "Golden Blackout". All this over some distraught "Fan" of the Warriors upset over the team losing to Cleveland despite a 73-9 record in the regular season.

(Now that's just low. Stupid. Cowardly.)

The hacker in question is also wanted in Oreconsin, Sovereignty of Dahrconia as well as Doronland, Albertina, Holman Union for similar cyber crimes like this one. He has been highlighted on "Oreconsin's Most Wanted" and "Holman Union's Most Wanted".


Television stations in San Francisco, and the Bay Area
KNFGK 1 (WBTV)

KRDN 2 (RDN)
KSOS 3 (KTV)
KRON 4 (DBC)
KBCH 5 (ABN)
KSFW 6 (YesNet)
KCBX-TV 7 (QTV)
KSFD 8 (IND)
KSFD-DT2 8.2 (UDC)
KSFN 9 (ABC)
KXBY 10 (Acme)
KWIB 11 (WIN)
KYLD 12 (CW)
KOBA 13 (RKO)
KBAY 14 (Fox)
KTHX-TV 15 (UNI)
KNLSF 17 (New Line)
KUBA 16 (UBN)
KZXT 18 (CBS)
KSFL 19 (UPN)
KBWB 20 (WB)
KPSF-DT 21 (PBC)
KTTV 23 (KTTV)
KSJT 25 (NBC)
KGGB 30 (MundoDBC)
KSSA 44 (TEL)
KJSF 48 (JFN)
KFPN 50 (TFC)
WHYP-TV 67 (Hyper)

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