It's All in the Family for NBC, ABC, CBS

They can all be traced back to the company with the chimes

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    It all comes back to NBC.

    In case you were wondering why the newscasts on the Big Three networks kind-of look the same, it became clear today.

    NBC, ABC, CBS are all related.

    It started with NBC, which began as a radio network in 1926, formed by General Electric Co., Westinghouse Electric Co. and Radio Corporation of America after buying broadcast assets from AT&T.

    RCA became sole owner in 1932, until GE bought it back in 1986.

    Meanwhile, back in the day, NBC ran two radio networks -- until the government stepped in and told them to shuck one in 1943. The spinoff became ABC.

    Decades later, in 1995, Westinghouse bought CBS and is now known as CBS Corp., after shedding energy and other businesses under the Westinghouse brand.

    Any questions? Tune in tonight. Preferrably to NBC, the network that started it all.