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New Orleans, Louisiana
Branding WGNO, ABC26
Analog channel 26 (UHF)
Digital channel 15 (UHF)
Affiliations ABC
Owner Tribune Broadcasting
Founded 1967
Call letters meaning We've Got New Orleans
Former affiliations Independent (1967-1995)
The WB (1995-1996)
Website www.abc26.com

WGNO, "WGNO, ABC26" is the ABC affiliate for the greater New Orleans, Louisiana area. It broadcast on analog channel 26, and is owned by Tribune Broadcasting. The station offers ABC programming along with syndicated programming and local news.


The station signed on in 1967 as WWOM-TV (The Wonderful World Of Movies). It programmed as a general entertainment station, with an emphasis on old movies and cartoons. It was owned by David Wagenvoord until its sale to Communications Corp. of the South in 1971.

The station was sold to Seymor Smith and family in 1976, and changed its call letters to WGNO. It continued to program a general entertainment format with cartoons, vintage sitcoms, older movies, and religious shows. The station was purchased by Glendive Media in 1978.

Tribune Broadcasting bought the station in 1983. The station continued to grow, and as other competitors signed on, WGNO remained the leading independent station in the market. It turned down the Fox affiliation in 1986 (which then went to WNOL). It finally ceased to be an independent station in January 1995 when it affiliated with the new WB Network (which Tribune owns an interest in).

After WVUE channel 8 dropped the ABC affiliation to become a Fox station, WGNO became the market's new ABC affiliate on January 1, 1996. The station launched newscasts in the evening and at 10pm. The WB affiliation, along with the cartoons and some of the syndicated programming, moved to WNOL channel 38.

WNOL later came under management by Tribune, and WGNO officially became sister station to WNOL after Tribune purchased the latter in 2000, creating a "duopoly" operation in the market.

As Hurricane Katrina approached in August 2005, WGNO's operations were moved to fellow ABC affiliate WBRZ in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Currently, the station's news operations are running out of trailers in downtown New Orleans. Administrative offices are being run out of Covington, LA.

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Broadcast television in the New Orleans market

WWL 4 (CBS) - WDSU 6 (NBC) - WVUE 8 (Fox) - WYES 12 (PBS) - WHNO 20 (LeSea) - WGNO 26 (ABC) - WLAE 32 (PBS) - WNOL 38 (WB) - WPXL 49 (i) - WUPL 54 (UPN)

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