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    (Wikipedia) - ABC News This article is about the U.S. television news organization. For the Australian broadcaster, see ABC News (Australia). For the Albanian broadcaster, see ABC News (Albania). For other uses, see ABC News (disambiguation).
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    ABC News Division of: Key people Founded: Headquarters: Studios: Area served: Broadcast programs: Parent: Slogan: Website: Web Portal:
    American Broadcasting Company (ABC)
    Anne Sweeney President & Co-Chair Disney-ABC Television Group James Goldston, President of ABC News George Stephanopoulos, Chief Anchor David Muir, Anchor & Managing Editor of ABC World News Tonight
    June 15, 1945
    ABC News Headquarters Upper West Side, Manhattan New York City, New York United States
    ABC News Headquarters, New York City Times Square Studios, New York City ABC-owned stations across the United States
    Worldwide (Countries that have Apple TV have channel there. But Mobile service currently served worldwide)
    ABC World News Tonight Nightline This Week 20/20 Good Morning America World News Now America This Morning
    The Walt Disney Company
    "Everyday More Americans Choose ABC News, America''s #1 News Source."

    ABC News is the news gathering and broadcasting division of the American Broadcasting Company, a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company. Its flagship program is ABC World News Tonight; other programs include morning show Good Morning America, Nightline, newsmagazine shows Primetime and 20/20, and Sunday morning political affairs program This Week with George Stephanopoulos.



    ABC began news broadcasts early in its independent existence as a radio network after the Federal Communications Commission ordered the former NBC Blue Network to be spun off as an independent company in 1943. This was done to keep single or a few companies such as NBC and CBS from dominating radio broadcasting in the United States, and in particular, from dominating news and political broadcasting and projecting narrow points-of-view. Television broadcasting was suspended however, during World War II.

    Regular ABC television news broadcasts began soon after ABC started transmitting from its initial New York City television station (WABC-TV) and production center in late summer 1948. ABC news broadcasts have continued as the ABC television network spread across the country, a process that took many years, from that beginning in 1948 through today, but they have not always had the same level of success that they enjoy now. Throughout the 1950s, the 1960s, and the early 1970s, ABC News consistently ranked third in viewership behind CBS News and NBC News. Until the 1970s, the ABC television network had fewer affiliate stations, and also weaker prime-time programming lineups to support the network''s news departments than the two larger networks had, each of which had established their radio news operations during the 1930s.

    Under Roone Arledge

    Only after Roone Arledge, the head of ABC Sports at that time, became the president of ABC News in 1977, at a time when the network''s prime-time entertainment programs were achieving good ratings and drawing in advertising revenues and profits to the ABC corporation overall, was ABC able to invest the resources to make it a major source of news broadcasting. Arledge, known for experimenting with the broadcast "model", created many of ABC News''s most popular and enduring programs, including 20/20, ABC World News Tonight, This Week, Nightline and Primetime Live.

    ABC News gained respect in the early 1980s by covering the Iran hostage crisis and, later, for covering the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake in the San Francisco Bay Area (which occurred during the network''s sports coverage of the 1989 World Series) with live telecasts.

    ABC News'' longtime slogan, "More Americans get their news from ABC News than from any other source", was a claim that refers to the number of people who watch, listen, and read ABC News programming on television, the radio, and the Internet, and not necessarily to the telecasts alone.

    Association with ESPN

    ESPN, a sports-news organization with several cable and satellite television channels – and also majority owned by ABC parent The Walt Disney Company – provides sports bulletins and video for some of ABC News'' programs, especially the network''s overnight news programs; America This Morning features a segment of sports highlights provided by the overnight anchors of ESPN''s flagship sports news program SportsCenter.

    Partnership with Univision and launch of Fusion

    On May 2, 2012, Univision Communications and ABC News entered into a joint venture to launch a digital cable and satellite television network for English-speaking Hispanic and Latino Americans. On February 11, 2013, the companies announced the dual network will be called "Fusion". The network launched on October 28, 2013.

    Current ABC News Programs Past ABC News Programs
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    ABC News Radio, a service syndicated by Cumulus Media Networks, broadcasts hourly news updates, live feeds and specialty news, sports and entertainment programming to approximately 2,000 radio affiliates nationwide. As part of Disney''s sale of the ABC Radio division to Citadel Broadcasting in 2007, ABC News entered into an exclusive agreement with Citadel to distribute its radio news service on terrestrial stations (Citadel has since merged with Cumulus Media).

    ABC NewsOne is ABC News''s affiliate news service. It gathers and feeds regional, national and international news material to ABC affiliates around the country and foreign networks.

    A 30-second ABC News Brief is broadcast weekdays at 2:58 p.m. ET following General Hospital (though these newsbriefs are not aired on all ABC stations, those that do not carry the newsbriefs typically opt to begin local commercial breaks immediately following the network program preceding it). A news brief containing information relevant to college students is shown every hour on mtvU, and ABC News segments are packaged or customized for broadcast over Wal-Mart''s in-store television network.

    Personnel Correspondents and reportersFormer

    (''+'' symbol indicates person deceased)

    • Sharyn Alfonsi - now at CBS News
    • Jack Anderson+
    • Roone Arledge+
    • Ashleigh Banfield now at CNN
    • Rona Barrett
    • Martin Bashir
    • Willow Bay
    • Steve Bell - retired from journalism
    • Jules Bergman+
    • Bill Beutel+
    • Erma Bombeck+
    • David Brinkley+
    • Aaron Brown
    • Hal Bruno+
    • Chris Bury
    • Andrea Canning
    • Marysol Castro
    • Sam Champion - now at The Weather Channel
    • Leo Cherne+
    • Julia Child+
    • Liz Cho - now at WABC-TV in New York City
    • Spencer Christian - now at KGO-TV in San Francisco
    • Connie Chung
    • Bob Clark
    • Ron Cochran+
    • Pat Collins
    • Ann Compton
    • Anderson Cooper - now at CNN
    • Katie Couric - now at Yahoo! News
    • Chris Cuomo - now at CNN
    • Mort Crim - retired from journalism
    • Don Dahler - now at CBS News
    • John Daly+
    • Morton Dean
    • Arnold Diaz - now at WPIX in New York City
    • Sam Donaldson
    • Hugh Downs - retired from journalism
    • Nancy Dussault
    • Stephanie Edwards
    • Josh Elliott - now at NBC Sports
    • Jack Ford - now at CBS News as chief legal analyst
    • Marshall Frady+
    • Lisa Fletcher - now at Al Jazeera America
    • Bianna Golodryga - now at Yahoo! News
    • Charles Gibson - retired from journalism in 2009
    • Richard Gizbert - now at Al Jazeera English
    • Don Goddard+
    • Bill Greenwood
    • David Hartman
    • John Hockenberry
    • Lisa Howard+
    • Brit Hume - now at Fox News Channel
    • Peter Jennings+
    • Herb Kaplow+
    • Dana King
    • Christianne Klein
    • Ted Koppel - now at NBC News
    • Robert Krulwich
    • Bill Lawrence+
    • Joan Lunden
    • Michel Martin
    • Cynthia McFadden - now at NBC News
    • Lisa McRee
    • John McWethy+
    • Antonio Mora - now at Al Jazeera America
    • Edward P. Morgan+
    • Kevin Newman - now at CTV News
    • Rob Nelson - now at WABC-TV in New York City
    • Bill O''Reilly - now at Fox News Channel
    • Tony Perkins - now at WTTG in Washington, D.C.
    • Vic Ratner
    • Harry Reasoner+
    • Frank Reynolds+
    • Bill Ritter - now at WABC-TV in New York City
    • Geraldo Rivera - now at Fox News Channel
    • Max Robinson+
    • Louis Rukeyser+
    • Pierre Salinger+
    • Forrest Sawyer
    • Mike Schneider - now at NJTV
    • Bill Shadel+
    • Joel Siegel+
    • Carole Simpson
    • Howard K. Smith+
    • Kate Snow - now at NBC News
    • Dr. Nancy Snyderman - now at NBC News
    • Betsy Stark
    • John Stossel - now at Fox Business Network and Fox News Channel
    • Kathleen Sullivan
    • John Cameron Swayze+
    • Jake Tapper - now at CNN
    • Chris Wallace - now at Fox News Channel and host of Fox News Sunday
    • Barbara Walters - retired from journalism - but still contributor at ABC News
    • Bill Weir - now at CNN
    • John Yang
    • Bob Young+
    • Paula Zahn
    International broadcasts

    Several programs from ABC News are shown daily on the 24-hour news network OSN News, a network of three 24-hour satellite and cable channels offering exclusively American news programming from ABC, NBC, PBS, and MSNBC to U.S. expatriates and other viewers abroad, primarily geared towards an audience in the Arab countries. The network is available on digital satellite and cable in Europe, Northeast Asia and Middle East, however, cable operators in Europe are currently unable to carry the channels due to unsolved rights issues. It is also available online on ABC News website.

    In the United Kingdom, ABC World News airs regularly at 1:30 a.m. local time on the BBC News Channel, which itself may be simulcast on BBC One or BBC Two during the overnight period. No commercials are presented because the BBC''s services in the U.K. are financed through license fees. ABC and the BBC also share video segments and reporters as needed in producing their newscasts.

    In Australia, ABC World News is broadcast at 10:30 a.m. daily and Nightline is telecast at 1:30 a.m. daily on Sky News Australia. This is not to be confused with that nation''s own ABC News, the news division of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Also, Primetime is broadcast at 2:00 p.m. on Saturdays (extended edition) and at 1:30 p.m. on Thursdays. 20/20 is broadcast at 2:00 p.m. on Sundays (extended edition) and on Wednesdays at 1:30 p.m. ABC News maintains a content sharing agreement with the Nine Network, which also broadcasts GMA domestically in the early morning before their breakfast program.

    In New Zealand, ABC World News was broadcast daily at 5:10 p.m. and at again at 11:35 p.m. Just as with the BBC in the U.K., it was shown commercial-free on Television New Zealand''s TVNZ 7 channel, until it was shutdown on the 30th of June 2012 .

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