Field Communications

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Field Communications was a division of Field Enterprises, which owned the Chicago Sun-Times and the Chicago Daily News. The company owned independent television stations in the United States, with WFLD-TV in Chicago as its largest-market station.


The broadcasting arm of Field Enterprises began in January 1966 with the initial sign-on of WFLD. In 1972, Field sold a majority ownership (about 77.5 percent) of WFLD to Kaiser Broadcasting, owners of KBSC-TV in Corona, CA (serving Los Angeles), WKBG-TV in Cambridge, MA (serving Boston, and in tandem with the Boston Globe), WKBS-TV in Burlington, N.J. (serving Philadelphia), WKBF-TV in Cleveland, WKBD-TV in Detroit, and KBHK-TV in San Francisco. Field retained the remainder of WFLD's shares (about 22.5 percent), and in return, received a minority stake in Kaiser Broadcasting (also about 22.5 percent).

In 1975 Kaiser shut down WKBF, returning its license to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and merging most of its programming with WUAB, of which Kaiser purchased a minority ownership from United Artists Broadcasting.

In 1977, Kaiser sold its majority stake of their stations, sans KBSC (which was sold to Oak TV), to Field. This gave Field one-hundred percent ownership of WFLD again. Field did not acquire Kaiser's share of WUAB, which United Artists sold to Gaylord Broadcasting that same year. The new owners also updated the look of all of the former Kaiser stations.

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