As a result, the agency did not allow Du Mont to buy additional VHF stations – a problem that would later play a large role in the failure of Du Mont, whose programming was splintered among other Los Angeles stations – including KTSL, KHJ-TV (channel 9, now KCAL-TV), KTTV (channel 11) and KCOP-TV (channel 13) – until the network's demise in 1956.
Paramount even launched a short-lived programming service, the Paramount Television Network, in 1948, with KTLA and WBKB-TV (now WBBM-TV) in Chicago serving as its flagship stations.
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Estimates of television sets in Los Angeles County at the time ranged from 350 to 600, since experimental station W6XAO (later KTSL and now KCBS-TV) was already in operation.
Bob Hope served as the emcee for KTLA's inaugural broadcast, titled as The Western Premiere of Commercial Television, which was broadcast live that evening from a garage on the Paramount Studios lot and featured appearances from many Hollywood luminaries.
The service never gelled into a true television network, but during KTLA's early years, the station produced over a dozen series that were syndicated in much of the U.
S., including Armchair Detective, and Time for Beany.