ABC News is the news division of Walt Disney Television serving American Broadcasting Company (ABC) broadcast network. Its flagship program is the daily evening newscast ABC World News Tonight with David Muir; other programs include morning news-talk show Good Morning America, Nightline, Primetime, and 20/20, and Sunday morning political affairs program This Week with George Stephanopoulos.
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ABC began in 1943 as the radio network NBC Blue Network spun off from NBC, as ordered by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in 1942. The reason for the order was to expand competition in radio broadcasting in the United States, specifically news and political broadcasting, and so broaden the projected points of view. The radio market was dominated by a few companies such as NBC and CBS. NBC conducted the split voluntarily[further explanation needed] in the event that its appeal to the ruling was denied.
Television broadcasting was suspended during World War II. Regular television news broadcasts on ABC began soon after the network signed on its initial owned-and-operated television station (WJZ-TV, now WABC-TV) and production center in New York City in August 1948. Broadcasts continued as the TV network expanded nationwide. Until the early 1970s, ABC News programs and ABC in general consistently ranked third in viewership behind CBS and NBC news programs. ABC's TV network had fewer affiliate stations and a weaker prime-time programming slate to be able to support the network's news operations compared to the two larger networks, each of which had established their radio news operations during the 1930s.
News President Roone ArledgeEdit
The network's prime-time entertainment programs were achieving stronger ratings and drawing in higher advertising revenue and profits to the ABC corporation overall. In 1977, President of ABC Sports, Roone Arledge, was appointed president of ABC News. ABC invested the resources to make it a major source of news content. Arledge, known for experimenting with the broadcast "model", created many of ABC News' most popular and enduring programs, including 20/20, World News Tonight, This Week, Nightline and Primetime Live.
ABC News' longtime slogan, "More Americans get their news from ABC News than from any other source" (introduced in the late 1980s), was a claim referring to the number of people who watch, listen to and read ABC News content on television, radio and (eventually) the Internet, and not necessarily to the telecasts alone.
In June 1998, ABC News (which owned an 80% stake in the service), Nine Network and ITN sold their respective interests in Worldwide Television News to the Associated Press. Additionally, ABC News signed a multi-year content deal with AP for its affiliate video service Associated Press Television News (APTV) while providing material from ABC's news video service ABC News One to APTV.
On August 7, 2014, ABC announced that it would relaunch its radio network division, ABC Radio, on January 1, 2015. The change occurred following the announcement that Cumulus would replace its ABC News radio service with Westwood One News (via CNN). On September 20, 2019, ABC Radio was renamed as ABC Audio as the network has evolved to offer a podcast portfolio and other forms of on-demand and linear content.
In April 2018, it was announced that FiveThirtyEight would be transferred to ABC News from ESPN, Inc., majority owned by The Walt Disney Company. On September 10, 2018, ABC News launched a second attempt to extend its Good Morning America brand into the afternoon with Strahan, Sara and Keke. ABC News Live steaming channel was launched on Roku in May 2019. With the reorganization creating the Walt Disney Direct-to-Consumer and International segment in March 2018, ABC News Digital and Live Streaming (websites, ABC News Live and FiveThirtyEight) was transferred to the new segment.
Current ABC News programsEdit
- 20/20 (June 6, 1978 – present)
- ABC World News Tonight (July 10, 1978 – present)
- America This Morning (July 5, 1982 – present)
- GMA3: Strahan, Sara & Keke (September 10, 2018 – present) (on hiatus due to COVID-19 outbreak)
- Good Morning America (November 3, 1975 – present)
- Good Morning America Weekend (January 3, 1993 – present)
- Nightline (March 24, 1980 – present)
- This Week (November 15, 1981 – present)
- What Would You Do? (formerly Primetime: What Would You Do?) (February 26, 2008 – present)
- World News Now (January 6, 1992 – present)
- GMA3: What You Need to Know (temporary replacement for GMA3: Strahan, Sara & Keke due to COVID-19 outbreak) (March 18, 2020 – present)
Former ABC News programsEdit
- ABC News Weekend Report (1970s—September 1991)
- AM America (January 6 – October 31, 1975)
- Business World (1987-1990)
- Good Afternoon America (July 9 – September 7, 2012)
- World News This Morning (1982-2006)
- 20/20 Downtown (October 1999 – 2001)
- Day One (March 7, 1993 – 1995)
- Our World (September 25, 1986 – May 28, 1987)
- Primetime (August 3, 1989 – May 18, 2012)
- Primetime Thursday (2000–2002)
- Turning Point (March 9, 1994 – June 17, 1999)
- College News Conference (1952 – November 1960)
- Issues and Answers (November 1960 – November 1981)
- The Debrief (2018–2019)
- The Briefing Room (2018–2019)
- 10% Happier (video broadcast of 10% Happier podcast) (2015–2017)
- Real Biz with Rebecca Jarvis (2014–2017)
ABC News RadioEdit
ABC News Radio is the radio service of ABC Audio, a division of the ABC News. Formerly known as ABC Radio News, ABC News Radio feeds through Skyview Networks with newscasts on the hour to its affiliates. ABC News Radio is the largest commercial radio news organization in the US.
ABCNews.com launched on May 15, 1997 by ABC News Internet Ventures, a joint venture between Starwave and ABC formed in April 1997. Starwave had owned and operated ESPNet SportsZone (later known as ESPN.com) since 1995, which licensed the ESPN brand and video clips from ABC's corporate sister ESPN Inc. Disney wanted more control of their Internet properties, which meant ABCNews.com was operated as a joint venture with ABC News having editorial control. Disney had also bought a minority stake in Starwave before the launch of ABCNews.com and would later buy the company outright.
The website initially had a dedicated staff of about 30. In addition to articles, it featured short video clips and audio from the start, delivered using RealAudio and RealVideo technology. Some content was also available via America Online. In 2011, ABC News and Yahoo News announced a strategic partnership to share ABC's online reporting on Yahoo's website; the deal expanded in 2015 to include the Disney/ABC Television Group.
In 2018, ABC News, and Good Morning America specifically, ended the hosting partnership with Yahoo, instead opting to continue separate web presences. 
ABC News LiveEdit
ABC News Live is a 24/7 streaming video news channel for breaking news, live events, newscasts and longer-form reports and documentaries operated by ABC News since 2018, available through Roku, Hulu, Sling TV, Xumo and the news division's other streaming platforms. The service is under the direction of Colby Smith, senior vice president and general manager of ABC News Digital and Live Streaming and Justin Dial as senior executive producer of ABC News Live.
With news channels getting high ratings from the 2016 election and ABC News having exited its joint venture news channel, ABC began looking at launching a new 24-hour digital news channel. ABC News Live launched exclusive on Roku in March 2018 then added to Facebook Watch and ABC apps and websites. Also on October 26, 2018, the channel was added to Hulu With Live TV followed by Hulu streaming on March 20, 2020.
On January 23, 2020, ABC News announced an expansion of staffing for the streaming channel and changes in programming to add newscasts and long form reports and documentaries being roll out over a month's time. Justin Dial, formerly of Vice News Tonight, was hired as senior executive producer of ABC News Live. Tom Llamas would anchor breaking news coverage at the time of the Iowa caucuses, while Linsey Davis would anchor two weekday one-hour evening newscasts. ABC News planned as of March 2020 that ABC News Live would air 18 hours of programming daily.
This unit is producing:
- ABC News Live Prime, two weekday one-hour evening newscasts (February 2020-)
- GMA3: What You Need to Know, a weekday hour-long program that provides coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic; it premiered in March 2020 on ABC's daytime lineup as a temporary replacement for its daytime talk show Strahan, Sara and Keke. The program is anchored by Amy Robach, joined by ABC News chief medical correspondent Jennifer Ashton.
- “Around the Table an irregular (September 10, 2019 -?) Presidential candidate interview program in which Democratic candidates are interviewed by three voters and moderated by anchors and correspondents around a table. Episodes would be used as a part of that night's Nightline. In the first episode, Byron Pitts moderates Beto O’Rourke with the second episode being Linsey Davis moderating Senator Cory Booker.
- Guardians of the Amazon (February 2020) Nightline team produced documentary regarding rain forest destruction
Satellite News ChannelEdit
Satellite News Channel was a joint venture between ABC News and Group W that started on June 21, 1982, as a satellite-delivered cable television network. SNC used footage from ABC News and seven Washington, D.C.-based crews, in addition to stories from other overseas networks to provide a rotating newscast every 20 minutes. However, this channel had difficulty getting clearance from cable systems, so ABC News and Group W decided to sell it to its competitor, CNN (a subsidiary of Time Warner's Turner Broadcasting System). CNN ceased Satellite News Channel's operations on October 27, 1983. SNC was either replaced by CNN or CNN2 on most cable systems. Group W eventually shut down seven years later, in 1999. Following Satellite News Channel's discontinuation, ABC News did not return to the 24-hour cable news world until 22 years later, in 2004, when they launched ABC News Now, whose launch indicated that Satellite News Channel was ABC News' first attempt in the 24-hour cable news world.
ABC News NowEdit
ABC News Now was a 24-hour cable news network that was launched on July 26, 2004 as a digital subchannel by ABC News, being the company's second attempt in the 24-hour cable news world after Satellite News Channel. It was offered via digital television, broadband and streaming video at ABCNews.com and on mobile phones. It delivered breaking news, headline news each half hour, and wide range of entertainment and lifestyle programming. The channel was available in the United States and Europe. Its Talk Back feature allowed viewers to voice their own input through the submission of videos and personal thoughts on controversial issues and current topics. It was shut down as a digital subchannel when after its experimental phase had ended with the President inauguration in 2005. ABC News Now was replaced on cable providers with Fusion on October 28, 2013.
Fusion is a digital cable and satellite network that is owned & operated by Fusion Media Group, LLC, which was a joint venture between ABC News and Univision Communications. ABC and Univision formally announced its launch on May 2, 2012. Launched on October 28, 2013, Fusion features a mix of traditional news and investigative programs along with satirical content aimed at English-speaking Hispanic and Latino American adults between the ages of 18 and 34. Fusion was ABC News' third attempt in the 24-hour cable news world after Satellite News Channel in 1982 and ABC News Now (which it replaced) in 2004. In December 2015, it was reported that Disney was in talks to sell its stake in Fusion to Univision. The split was complete on April 21, 2016.
Correspondents and reportersEdit
- Dan Abrams – chief legal analyst (2011–present)
- Dr. Jennifer Ashton – chief health and medical editor; chief medical correspondent (2012–present)
- Jim Avila – senior national correspondent (2000–present)
- Adrienne Bankert – correspondent
- Gio Benitez – transportation correspondent; anchor, Nightline on Fusion (2013–present)
- Deirdre Bolton - business correspondent
- Abbie Boudreau – Good Morning America and Nightline correspondent (2010–present)
- Howard Bragman – contributor (2010–present)
- Kimberly Brooks - correspondent
- Mary Bruce - senior congressional correspondent
- Will Carr - correspondent
- Juju Chang – co-anchor, Nightline (1996–present)
- Chris Christie – contributor (2018–present)
- Chris Connelly – contributor, Good Morning America and 20/20 (2001–present)
- Linsey Davis - anchor, ABC News Live Prime; correspondent (2007–present)
- John Donvan – Washington correspondent (1982-1985; 1988–present)
- Matthew Dowd – chief political analyst; special correspondent (2007–present)
- Devin Dwyer - senior Washington reporter (2007–present)
- Paula Faris – senior national correspondent (2012–present)
- Marci Gonzalez – correspondent (2013–present)
- Matt Gutman – chief national correspondent (2008–present)
- Sara Haines – co-host, GMA3: Strahan, Sara & Keke; correspondent (2013–present)
- Dan Harris – co-anchor, Good Morning America Weekend; correspondent; host, 10% Happier (2000–present)
- Lama Hasan – London correspondent (2003–present)
- T. J. Holmes – correspondent (2014–present)
- Sunny Hostin – senior legal correspondent; co-host, The View (2016–present)
- Rebecca Jarvis – chief business, technology and economics correspondent (2013–present)
- Whit Johnson – co-anchor, Good Morning America Weekend; correspondent
- Jonathan Karl – chief White House correspondent; chief Washington correspondent (2003–present)
- Aaron Katersky – correspondent
- David Kerley – senior transportation correspondent (2004–present)
- Zachary Kiesch – correspondent
- Tom Llamas – weekend anchor, ABC World News Tonight; breaking news and live events anchor, ABC News Live; chief national affairs correspondent (2014–present)
- James Longman – foreign correspondent (2017–present)
- Diane Macedo – anchor, ABC News Live Update; correspondent (2016–present)
- Rob Marciano – weather anchor, Good Morning America Weekend Edition; senior meteorologist (2014–present)
- Meghan McCain - co-host ABC's The View; correspondent (2017–present)
- Marcus Moore (journalist) – correspondent
- Terry Moran – senior national correspondent (1997–present)
- Kenneth Moton – co-anchor, World News Now and America This Morning; correspondent
- David Muir – anchor and managing editor, ABC World News Tonight; co-anchor, 20/20 (2003–present)
- Jason Nathanson - entertainment correspondent, ABC News Radio (2011–present)
- Janai Norman - co-anchor, World News Now and America This Morning; correspondent
- Steve Osunsami – Atlanta-based correspondent (1997–present)
- Keke Palmer – co-host, GMA3: Strahan, Sara & Keke
- Tara Palmeri – White House correspondent
- Ian Pannell – senior foreign correspondent
- Eva Pilgrim – co-anchor, Good Morning America Weekend; correspondent
- Byron Pitts – co-anchor, Nightline; chief national correspondent (2013–present)
- John Quiñones – anchor, What Would You Do? (1982–present)
- Martha Raddatz – co-anchor, This Week; chief global affairs correspondent (1999–present)
- Will Reeve - correspondent (2018–present)
- Erielle Reshef – correspondent
- Amy Robach – co-anchor, 20/20; reporter, Good Morning America (2012–present)
- Deborah Roberts – correspondent, 20/20 (1995–present)
- Robin Roberts – co-anchor, Good Morning America; host, Everybody's Got Something (2002–present)
- Clayton Sandell – Denver correspondent
- Diane Sawyer – anchor (1989–present)
- Jay Schadler – correspondent (1982–present)
- Nate Silver – special correspondent; founder and editor in chief of FiveThirtyEight
- Lara Spencer – co-anchor, Good Morning America (1999-2004; 2011–present)
- George Stephanopoulos – chief anchor; co-anchor, Good Morning America; anchor, This Week (1999–present)
- Alex Stone – Los Angeles correspondent, ABC News Radio (2004–present)
- Michael Strahan – co-anchor, Good Morning America; co-host, GMA3: Strahan, Sara & Keke (2014–present)
- Pierre Thomas – chief justice correspondent
- Cecilia Vega – senior Washington correspondent (2011–present)
- Kayna Whitworth – Los Angeles-based correspondent (2015–present)
- Bob Woodruff – military correspondent
- Becky Worley – consumer correspondent; technology contributor (2005–present)
- David Wright – correspondent
- Ginger Zee – weather anchor, Good Morning America; chief meteorologist (2011–present)
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- Sharyn Alfonsi (2008–2012; now at CBS News)
- Christiane Amanpour (2010–2012; now at CNN)
- Jack Anderson (1975–1984)†
- Roone Arledge (1977–1998)†
- Ashleigh Banfield (1991–1993; now at HLN)
- Rona Barrett (1975–1980; now running the Rona Barrett Foundation)
- Martin Bashir (2005–2010; later at MSNBC; now at BBC News)
- Willow Bay (1994–1998; later at CNN, MSNBC & NBC News; now dean at USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism in Los Angeles)
- Steve Bell (1967–1986)†
- Jules Bergman (1953–1987)†
- John Berman (now at CNN)
- Dr. Richard E. Besser (2009–2017)
- Bill Beutel (1962–1975)†
- Charles Bierbauer
- Erma Bombeck (1975–1986)†
- Donna Brazile
- David Brinkley (1981–1996)†
- David Brooks
- Aaron Brown (1992–2001; later at CNN)
- Hal Bruno (1978–1999)†
- Chris Bury (1982–2007)
- Andrea Canning (2004–2012; now at NBC News, correspondent for Dateline)
- Marysol Castro (2004–2010; later at CBS News; then at ESPN; now PA announcer for New York Mets baseball at Citi Field)
- David Chalian (now at CNN)
- Sam Champion (2006–2013; later at The Weather Channel)
- Rebecca Chase†
- Sylvia Chase†
- Leo Cherne†
- Julia Child†
- Liz Cho (now at WABC-TV in New York City)
- Spencer Christian (1986–1998; now at KGO-TV in San Francisco)
- Connie Chung (1998–2001; later at CNN; later at MSNBC)
- Ron Claiborne (1986–2018)
- Bob Clark†
- John Coleman†
- Ron Cochran†
- Pat Collins (later at WWOR-TV; now retired)
- Ann Compton (retired)
- Bertha Coombs
- Anderson Cooper (now at CNN)
- Nancy Cordes
- Dan Cordtz (1974–1989)†
- Katie Couric (2011–2014; now at Yahoo! News)
- Catherine Crier
- Mort Crim (late 1960s–early 1970s) later at WDIV-TV in Detroit; retired from journalism
- Chris Cuomo (early 2000s–2009) now at CNN
- Don Dahler (1999–2001) later at WCBS-TV in New York City; now at CBS News
- John Daly (1953–1960)†
- Morton Dean (1988–2002) retired
- Arnold Diaz (1995–2003) later at WCBS-TV in New York City; later at WNYW in New York City, now at WPIX in New York City
- Greg Dobbs
- Sam Donaldson (1967–2013) now retired
- Bill Downs (1963–1978)†
- Hugh Downs (1978–1999)†
- Nancy Dussault
- Jed Duvall (retired from journalism)
- Stephanie Edwards
- Linda Ellerbee
- Josh Elliott (later at CBSN)
- Gillian Findlay
- Lisa Fletcher (now at WJLA-TV in Washington, D.C.)
- Jami Floyd (1998–2005) correspondent, co-anchor, Law and Justice Correspondent, Chief Consumer Correspondent
- Jack Ford (1999–2002; now at CBS News as chief legal analyst)
- Marshall Frady†
- Pauline Frederick†
- Ray Gandolf†
- Charles Gibson (1975–2009; now retired from journalism)
- Kendis Gibson (now at NBC News and MSNBC)
- Richard Gizbert (now at Al Jazeera English)
- Don Goddard†
- Bianna Golodryga — later at Yahoo! News; now jointly on CBS News and CNN
- Jeff Greenfield
- Bill Greenwood†
- Roger Grimsby†
- David Hartman
- Brandi Hitt (now at KABC-TV in Los Angeles)
- John Hockenberry (now host of the public-radio newscast The Takeaway)
- Lisa Howard†
- Quincy Howe†
- Brit Hume (now at Fox News)
- Bob Jamieson
- Linzie Janis – correspondent (2013–2018)
- Tom Jarriel (retired)
- Peter Jennings (1964–2005)†
- Dr. Timothy Johnson
- Herb Kaplow†
- Neal Karlinsky (now at Amazon)
- Dana King (retired)
- Christianne Klein
- Dan Kloeffler
- Jeffrey Kofman
- Ted Koppel (1966–2005) now at CBS News Sunday Morning
- Robert Krulwich (now at NPR, also co-host of Radiolab)
- Bill Lawrence†
- Elisabeth Leamy (now contributor for The Dr. Oz Show)
- Joan Lunden
- Lauren Lyster
- Catherine Mackin†
- John MacVane†
- Sheila MacVicar
- Miguel Marquez
- Michel Martin (now at NPR, weekend host of All Things Considered)
- Rachel Martin (now at NPR, co-host of Morning Edition)
- Cynthia McFadden (now at NBC News)
- Lisa McRee (now at KTTV in Los Angeles)
- John McWethy†
- Jeanne Meserve
- Antonio Mora
- Edward P. Morgan†
- Ben Mulroney
- Vinita Nair
- Heather Nauert (now Spokesperson for the United States Department of State)
- Amna Nawaz (now with PBS NewsHour)
- Rob Nelson (now at WABC-TV in New York City)
- Kevin Newman (now at CTV News)
- Reena Ninan (now at CBS News)
- Bill O'Reilly
- Ryan Owens
- Jesse Palmer (now with DailyMailTV)
- Perri Peltz
- Tony Perkins (now at WTTG in Washington, D.C.)
- Indra Petersons (last at NBC News)
- Stone Phillips
- Steven Portnoy
- Vic Ratner
- Harry Reasoner†
- Frank Reynolds†
- Bill Ritter (now at WABC-TV in New York City)
- Geraldo Rivera (now at Fox News)
- Tanya Rivero (now at CBSN)
- Cokie Roberts†
- Max Robinson (1978–1983; later at WMAQ-TV in Chicago)†
- Judd Rose†
- Brian Ross
- Louis Rukeyser†
- Pierre Salinger†
- Marlene Sanders†
- Forrest Sawyer
- John Scali†
- Dick Schaap†
- Mara Schiavocampo
- Nick Schifrin
- David Schoumacher
- John Schriffen
- Mike Schneider (now at NJTV)
- Jim Sciutto (now at CNN)
- Lara Setrakian
- Bill Shadel†
- Bernard Shaw
- Lynn Sherr
- Claire Shipman
- Lewis Shollenberger†
- Joel Siegel†
- Carole Simpson
- Howard K. Smith†
- Rachel Smith
- Kate Snow (now at NBC News)
- Dr. Nancy Snyderman
- Hari Sreenivasan
- Betsy Stark
- Alison Stewart
- Bill Stewart†
- John Stossel (now at Fox Business and Fox News)
- Kathleen Sullivan
- Stephanie Sy
- John Cameron Swayze†
- Jake Tapper (now at CNN)
- Richard Threlkeld†
- Jeffrey Toobin (now at CNN)
- Garrick Utley†
- Sander Vanocur†
- Elizabeth Vargas (1996–2018)
- Chris Wallace (now at Fox News and host of Fox News Sunday)
- Clarissa Ward (now at CNN)
- Barbara Walters (retired from journalism, remains with ABC News as a contributor)
- Bill Weir (now at CNN)
- John Yang (now correspondent; PBS NewsHour)
- Jessica Yellin
- Bob Young†
- Paula Zahn (now at Investigation Discovery)
- Jeff Zeleny (now at CNN)
- Dave Zinczenko (now nutrition and wellness editor at NBC's TODAY)
In Australia, Sky News Australia airs daily broadcasts of World News Tonight (at 10:30 a.m.) and Nightline (at 1:30 a.m.) as well as weekly airings of 20/20 (on Wednesdays at 1:30 p.m., with an extended version at 2:00 p.m. on Sundays) and occasionally Primetime (at 1:30 p.m. on Thursdays, with extended edition at 2:00 p.m. on Saturdays). Coincidentally, that country's public broadcaster, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, operates its own unrelated news division that is also named ABC News. The U.S. ABC News maintains a content sharing agreement with the Nine Network, which also broadcasts GMA domestically in the early morning before its own breakfast program.
In New Zealand, ABC World News was broadcast daily at 5:10 p.m. and again at 11:35 p.m. As with the BBC in the U.K., TVNZ 7 (owned by Television New Zealand) aired the program commercial-free, until the channel ceased operations on June 30, 2012.
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