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ABC News
ABCNewsLogo.png
Division of: American Broadcasting Company (ABC)
Key people Anne Sweeney
President & Co-Chair
Disney-ABC Television Group
Ben Sherwood,
President of ABC News
Diane Sawyer,
Lead Anchor
Founded: June 15, 1945
Headquarters: ABC News Headquarters
Upper West Side, Manhattan
New York City, New York
United States
Studios: ABC News Headquarters,
New York City
Times Square Studios,
New York City
ABC-owned stations
across the United States
Area served: Worldwide
Broadcast programs: ABC World News
Nightline
This Week
20/20
Good Morning America
World News Now
America This Morning
Parent: The Walt Disney Company
Slogan: "Everyday More Americans Choose ABC News, America's #1 News Source."
Website: ABCnews.com
Web Portal: go.com

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 World News with Diane Sawyer; 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.

History[edit]

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[edit]

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 (now ABC World News), 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 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.[1]

Association with ESPN[edit]

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[edit]

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".[2][3] The network launched on October 28, 2013.

Other services[edit]

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[edit]

Executives[edit]

  • Ben Sherwood - President, ABC News
  • Barbara Fedida - Senior Vice President, Talent and Business, ABC News
  • Steve Jones - Vice President and General Manager, ABC News Radio
  • Phyllis McGrady - Senior Vice President, Creative Development, ABC News
  • Susan Mercandetti - Vice President, Business Development & Partnerships, ABC News
  • Robert Murphy - Vice President, Administration
  • Joe Ruffolo - Senior Vice President, Digital Media, ABC News
  • Jeffrey W. Schneider - Senior Vice President, Communications, ABC News
  • Kerry Smith - Senior Vice President, Editorial Quality, ABC News

Correspondents and reporters[edit]

Former[edit]

('+' symbol indicates person deceased)

International broadcasts[edit]

Several programs from ABC News are shown daily on the 24-hour news network Orbit 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, Middle East and North Africa, however, cable operators in Europe are currently unable to carry the channels due to unsolved rights issues. It is also available online at ABC News Now.

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 can be confusing[who?] in Australia, where ABC News is 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.

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 .

Slogans[edit]

  • More Americans Get Their News from ABC News than from Any Other Source (1989–2010)
  • (More Americans choose ABC News to) See the Whole Picture. (2010–2013)
  • "Everyday More Americans Choose ABC News, America's #1 News Source." (2013-present)
  • From the global resources of ABC News, this is:
  • "From ABC News, Live in Times Square," this is:
    • Good Morning America (since 2009 on weekdays; the wording "New York" was used on the weekend editions rather than just Times Square, as the weekend broadcasts of Good Morning America are broadcast from the ABC News Headquarters; in March 2009, the program started using the current date on the weekday editions)
  • "From ABC News"
  • "From ABC News (World) Headquarters, this is:

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "ABC News, Disney Online and ESPN.com Providing Extensive Line-Up of Podcast Content via the New iTunes Podcast Directory". The Walt Disney Company. June 28, 2005. Retrieved December 20, 2009. [dead link]
  2. ^ "ABC, Univision teaming on News Network". 7 May 2012. Retrieved 12 October 21. 
  3. ^ "ABC and Univision Announce New Cable Network 'Fusion' Will Launch Later in 2013". February 11, 2013. 

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