This Week (ABC TV series)

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This Week
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Created by Roone Arledge
Presented by George Stephanopoulos (2002–2010, 2012–present)
Narrated by Charles Gibson
Theme music composer DreamArtists Studios
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Production
Location(s) ABC News Washington Bureau, Washington, D.C.
Running time 60 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel ABC
Picture format 480i (4:3 SDTV) (1981-2008)
720p (16:9 HDTV) (2008-present)
Original run November 15, 1981  – present
External links
Website

This Week is the Sunday morning political affairs program airing on the ABC television network.[1] The program is currently hosted by George Stephanopoulos, who also serves as ABC News Chief Anchor and co-anchor of the network's morning news program Good Morning America.[2][3] Former Good Morning America and World News Tonight anchor Charles Gibson performs the voice-over heard during the opening titles of This Week.[4] The program is initially aired at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time (following weekend morning newscasts on most ABC stations in large and mid-sized markets), although many stations air the program at a later slot, especially those in other time zones.

Hosts[edit]

In 1960, ABC launched its first Sunday talk show Issues and Answers. One of its early hosts was Howard K. Smith, who also had his own prime-time public affairs program Howard K. Smith: News and Comment air on the network during the 1962-1963 season. Among the program's later hosts was Bob Clark.

On November 15, 1981, David Brinkley came to the network from NBC News and took over the show, which was relaunched as This Week. During Brinkley's run, three major sponsors were part of the show: General Electric, Archer Daniels Midland and Merrill Lynch. The names of the regular hosts have been included in the billing for the program, such as This Week with David Brinkley. After Brinkley retired on November 10, 1996, Sam Donaldson and Cokie Roberts served as co-hosts of the program. George Stephanopoulos became the host on September 15, 2002; he ended his tenure on January 10, 2010, shortly after being named the co-host of Good Morning America. ABC News Senior White House Correspondent Jake Tapper served as the interim anchor from March to July 2010.[5]

Christiane Amanpour, a world affairs correspondent at CNN, began as anchor on August 1, 2010. During her first two months as host, the ratings for This Week reached their lowest point since 2003. In December 2011, it was announced that Amanpour would step down as anchor of This Week, while returning to CNN in turn.[6] On January 5, 2012, ABC announced that George Stephanopoulos would return as the host of This Week.[7]

The following is a list of hosts.

David Brinkley 1981–1996
Sam Donaldson & Cokie Roberts
(co-moderators)
1996–2002
George Stephanopoulos 2002–2010
2012-present
Jake Tapper 2010
Christiane Amanpour 2010-2011

Key features[edit]

One of the key features of This Week is the roundtable, which includes pundits such as George Will and ABC News correspondents such as Sam Donaldson and Cokie Roberts, and other guests discussing the major issues of the week. Will, a regular panelist since the program's launch with David Brinkley, sometimes contributes short reports to the broadcast.

Other key features include the Sunday Funnies, excerpts of jokes from late-night television programs of the previous week; and In Memoriam, a selection of prominent deaths from politics, business, and culture, and a listing of all reported military deaths from that week.

On April 20, 2008, This Week began broadcasting from the Newseum in Washington D.C. in a studio that overlooks the U.S. Capitol. In addition, the program began broadcasting in high definition for the first time in the program's history, and also became the first Sunday morning talk show to broadcast in HD.[8] Since this transition, the broadcast no longer includes the segments "Voices" or "Images"; however, it still shows "In Memoriam" and the "Sunday Funnies". ABC and This Week moved out of the Newseum in 2013 due to infrequent use of the studio and other facilities. They were replaced by Al Jazeera America.

In February 2009, the ratings gap between Meet the Press and its competitors – This Week and CBS' Face the Nation – began closing. Meet the Press posted its lowest ratings since NBC News correspondent David Gregory became moderator in early February of that year, with the February 1 telecast averaging just 3.9 million viewers. Face the Nation averaged 3.33 million total viewers, while This Week came in just behind with 3.32 million total viewers. This Week beat Meet the Press on January 11, when George Stephanopoulos interviewed President-Elect Barack Obama.[9]

In 2010, Jake Tapper arranged with Bill Adair to get PolitiFact.com to fact check This Week.[10]

Regular panelists[edit]

The Roundtable typically includes three or four panelists along with the moderator. Recurring panelists have included George Will, Cokie Roberts, Sam Donaldson, Fareed Zakaria, Martha Raddatz, Peggy Noonan, Torie Clarke, Donna Brazile, Ann Coulter, Paul Krugman, Jay Carney, Claire Shipman, E.J. Dionne, Jr., Robert Reich, David Corn, Katrina vanden Heuvel, Mark Halperin, Joe Klein, Van Jones, David Brooks, Matthew Dowd, Mary Matalin and Ed Gillespie.

International broadcasts[edit]

ABC News programming, including This Week, is shown weekly on the 24-hour news network Orbit News in Europe and the Middle East. It also airs in Australia on Sky News Australia, in Japan on NHK, and in New Zealand on TVNZ 7.

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