Sunbeam Television Corporation is a broadcasting company based in Miami, Florida, owned by Edmund N. ("Ed") Ansin. While the company only has 3 stations in it's family, these stations are usually highly rated. In Boston, WHDH is usually 2nd behind WCVB-TV, except @ 11 PM, WBZ is #1, followed by WHDH. However, WLVI is far behind WFXT on their news @ 10, lower than that of the previous owner, Tribune.
Sunbeam Television was founded in 1962, when they acquired WCKT-TV in Miami (now WSVN) from the COX & Knight publishing families, whose company, Biscayne Television Corporation, lost it's license. Sunbeam was acquired by Ansin in 1983.
WCKT-TV/WSVN was Sunbeam's lone property until 1993, when they acquired Boston TV station, WHDH-TV, from New England Television.
On September 14 2006, it was announced that Boston's CW affiliate, WLVI-TV, would be sold by the Tribune Company to Sunbeam for 113.7 million dollars. The sale was approved in late November of 2006 & Sunbeam took control of the station on December 18, 2006.
|City of license/Market||Station|| Channel|
TV / DT
|Boston, Massachusetts||WHDH-TV||7 / 42||1993||NBC|
|Cambridge / Boston, Massachusetts||WLVI-TV||56 / 41||2006||The CW|
|Miami, Florida||WSVN||7 / 8||1962||FOX|