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Du Mont was shut down in 1956, and for the next 30 years WRC-TV was Washington's only network owned-and-operated station.

That distinction ended when WTTG was sold to the News Corporation and became a charter station for the Fox network in 1986; it has since been accompanied by WDCA (channel 20) as UPN was owned by the station's owner Viacom until 2001 when Viacom traded the station to Fox (it is currently affiliated with the My Network TV programming service).

It has retained its "-TV" suffix to this day, more than two decades after the radio stations were sold off.

Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former VHF analog channel 4.

The station participated in the "Analog Nightlight" program, with its analog signal carrying information on the digital transition until analog signal broadcasts were permanently discontinued on June 26, 2009.

In the May 2010 sweeps, it placed first at a.m., a.m., p.m. newscast every Friday, which remains in use by the station today.

Michael Randall commissioned the news theme for WRC-TV entitled "News Center Theme", which was used by the station until 1986; also, Charlie Rose was hired by WRC-TV after his short stint at KXAS-TV in Dallas and hosted the Charlie Rose Show from its premiere in 1980 until he left the station in 1984 for CBS News.

The series he created, Sam and Friends, was the first series to feature the Muppets, and launched the Jim Henson Company.