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ABC Family is a cable television network currently owned by Disney/ABC. The network was founded by Pat Robertson as CBN Cable and then the name was changed to CBN Family Channel and when the network was spun off from the Christian Broadcasting Network to a new company called International Family Entertainment (Run by Robertson's son) the name was changed simply to The Family Channel. It was sold to Fox Broadcasting Company in 1997, and it changed its name to Fox Family. The network was sold again in the early 2000s to current owners ABC. The sale to ABC included the Fox Kids Network (A joint venture of Fox and Haim Saban) which provided the new ABC Family with hours of children's programming.

The channel has made several TV movies and plays many reruns, often of programming that was first run on ABC. The American version of Whose Line Is It Anyway? is frequently aired. As part of the agreement when Robertson's group sold the channel to Fox, The 700 Club airs twice every weekday, first in the late morning with a repeat broadcast at night. The channel also airs reruns of 7th Heaven and the sitcom Full House. In 2004, the channel began airing reruns of Boy Meets World, Smallville, and Gilmore Girls (2 of the 3 currently airing on The WB).

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