WTVO is a full service television station in Rockford, Illinois, broadcasting on local digital UHF channel 16 and on virtual channel 17. Founded in 1953 as Rockford's first TV station, it is owned by Mission Broadcasting. WTVO is affiliated with ABC (American Broadcasting Company), airing ABC's primetime shows in the evening. In the morning, the station airs ABC's morning news and information program, with spots for local news and weather; in the afternoon, it airs ABC's soap operas; in the early evening, it shows ABC's national news broadcast and WTVO Channel 17 News. After primetime, it airs its own local newscasts, followed by ABC's late-night programming. WTVO also airs local sports broadcasts.