Fox 5 Plus Washington, DC

WDCA District of Columbia

WDCA branded as Fox 5 Plus is a My NetworkTV O&O station based in Washington, DC. Owned by Fox Corporation through its subsidiary Fox Television Stations, the channel makes sister with WTTG operating on Channel 5. The two siblings share space for their offices and transmitter facilities on Wisconsin Avenue in the Friendship Heights in the northwest quadrant of the American Capitol. Audiences using cable subscription can have the Fox 5 on Ch 20.

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Sub-Channels: 20.1 MyNetworkTV

20.2 Movies!

20.3 Heroes & Icons

Sisters: WTTG



Early History as a Non-Affiliated Service

WDCA on April 20, 1966 went on air as Washington’s 3rd independent channel under the original ownership of Capitol Broadcasting Corporation. Its future sister WTTG affiliated with DuMont after its establishment was 20 year older than Ch 20. Channel 20 was the second African-American service after WOOK. Capitol Broadcasting was led by Milton Grant, a veteran broadcaster in the city who also served as the founding GM of the station. Grant three years later released Ch 20 to Superior Tube Company.

WDCA was then purchased by Taft Broadcasting, a Cincinnati-based company in 1979 as the earlier planned-sale to Tribune Company couldn’t materialize. Dick Dyszel was the household name in the market and the host of kids show Captain 20; he also served as the main announcer for the channel. At that time, WDCA also broadcasted Petey Greene’s Washington, an Emmy Award winning program. It started earning profits under Taft as the company uplifted its programming which also contributed to the improved ratings. Channel 20 became the official home for the Washington Capitals in 1976. The splitting coverage was offered by the Home Team Sports in 1984 – the forerunner of NBC Sports Washington. The routine continued until WBDC took over in 1995. It also served as the flagship station for Washington Wizards and Baltimore Orioles.

At that it became a regional superstation with availability on almost all cable systems in Virginia, Maryland, Harrisburg and Charlotte and North Carolina. TVX Broadcast Group in Feb 1987 acquired WDCA and other Fox-linked stations of Taft Broadcasting. Under the new ownership WDCA was rebranded as DC20. TVX plagued by the debt in 1989 released a minority share to Paramount Pictures who in 1991 acquired the remainder to become sole owner of the assets. The newly acquired stations were put under the umbrella of Paramount Stations Group. The channel was once again renamed as Paramount 20. Viacom acquired the Paramount Stations Group as it acquired the whole of Paramount.

As a UPN Affiliate

Following the formation of UPN on Jan 16, 1995, the channel became a part of the upstart network in Washington market. It was swapped with Fox Television stations for San Francisco-based KBHK-TV in summer 2001.

MyNetwork TV Station Affiliation

Following the closure of UPN in Jan 2006, WDCA after the launch of MyNetworkTV in Feb 2006, the channel got linked with its parent owned network by May 2006 and was rebranded as My 20. By Aug 31, 2006, the station dropped all of UPN’s content. As of April 17, 2017, WDCA is rebranded as Fox 5 Plus.


The Big Bang Theory, Divorce Court, The Dr. Oz Show, Family Feud and The Simpsons are some of the notable syndicated programs provided by WDCA. You can watch Fox 5 Plus online with latest local newscasts, weather and sports updates, traffic reports, contests and more. Follow the WDCA on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Instagram. Here is the website of Fox 5 Plus: