ABC News Live (24/7 channel)

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ABC News Live
Logo of ABC News Live.png
Programming
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
Ownership
OwnerABC News
(Walt Disney Television)
History
LaunchedJuly 26, 2004; 16 years ago (2004-07-26)
March 2018; 2 years ago (2018-03)
ReplacedABC News Now
ClosedApril 27, 2009; 11 years ago (2009-04-27)
(4 years, 275 days)
Links
Webcasthttps://abcnews.go.com/Live
Availability
Streaming media
Roku Channel
Hulu with Live TV
YouTube TV
Facebook Watch

ABC News Live is a streaming video news channel for breaking news, live events, newscasts and longer-form reports and documentaries operated by ABC News since 2018, The channel is available through Roku, Hulu, YouTube TV, 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.

History[edit]

After having attempted a 20-minute online news program three times a week hosted by Sam Donaldson in 1999, ABC News launched a forerunner of ABC News Now in March 2003. The service was fee based except for the customers of America Online, Comcast, and a few other Internet providers. Later, mobile phone users could access the programming through Sprint's MobiTV.[1] The ABC News Now service launched on July 24, 2004, with extended coverage of the Democratic National Convention and Republican National Convention. It was offered via digital television, broadband and streaming video at ABCNews.com[2] and on mobile phones. It delivered breaking news, headline news each half hour, and a wide range of entertainment and lifestyle programming.

On January 31, 2005, ABC News removed ABC News Now from owned and operated and affiliated TV stations' subchannel as the channel ended its experimental phase originally expected to end after election day but extended past inauguration. The channel would continue on the internet and wireless devices. 20/20 senior broadcast producer Mike Clemente was then hired as executive producer to head up the channel as a part of an increasing capacity being developed for the channel to returns a permanent channel in the Spring.[3] The channel was relaunched as a cable channel and broadband service in early April 2005.[4]

On November 5, 2007, Disney-ABC International Television announced plans to launch the channel in international territories, including Germany, Spain and Belgium in 2008 on IPTV service Zattoo, with more territories, including the United Kingdom, planned for the next 6 months.[5] This marked the second international channel launched under ABC branding, the first being the United Kingdom general entertainment channel ABC1 which closed on September 26, 2007.

On October 28, 2013, ABC News launched a new cable news channel, Fusion, as a joint venture with Univision[6] and contributing its ABC News Now operations. With news channels getting high ratings from the 2016 election and ABC News having exited its joint venture news channel,[7] ABC News Live launched exclusive on Roku in March 2018[8] then added to Facebook Watch and ABC apps and websites. Also on October 26, 2018, the channel was added to Hulu with Live TV[9] followed by Hulu streaming on March 20, 2020.[10] On April 21, 2020, ABC News Live launched on YouTube TV and Amazon's news app on Fire TV.[11]

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.[12] ABC News planned as of March 2020 that ABC News Live would air 18 hours of programming daily.[10]

Programming[edit]

Current Programing[edit]

As ABC News Live[edit]

  • ABC News Live Prime, two weekday one-hour evening newscasts (February 2020-)

Former Programing[edit]

As ABC News Now[edit]

  • Tech This Out! -- Technology news and a consumer guide to the latest gadgets, hosted by Daniel Sieberg.
  • Good Morning America Health -- GMA Health is a third hour of Good Morning America and also is themed toward health news and other health-related topics, airing 2pm/ET. Its predecessor was Good Morning America Now which was canceled due to lack of viewers. Its final broadcast was October 2008.
  • Inside the Newsroom -- 2x times daily, bringing you live reports from the hottest spots in the world.
  • Money Matters -- Financial and economic news and tips right after the NYSE opening bell.
  • Good Money -- Personal finance information for everyday consumers and small business owners.
  • The Daily Download -- The day's most interesting feature stories, viral videos and stories from off the beaten path.
  • Popcorn with Peter Travers -- An interview-based movie show, with today's biggest stars talking to Rolling Stone movie reviewer Peter Travers.
  • Amplified -- Indie music and interviews, brought to you by ABC News anchor Dan Harris.
  • TopLine -- Inside the political arena with Rick Klein.
  • What's the Buzz -- The latest in celebrity entertainment news.[5]
  • World Piece — featured one international news story[5]
  • World View -- Round-up of headlines from around the world.
  • Now You Know -- Living Advice and News Briefs along with Weather, Now You Know was ABC News Now's morning program.
  • Chef's Table

As ABC News Live[edit]

  • Around the Table (September 10, 2019 -?) - an irregular 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) - a documentary regarding rainforest destruction, produced by the Nightline team.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "ABC News banks on digital, despite small audiences today". USA Today. AP. September 4, 2004. Retrieved May 29, 2014.
  2. ^ "ABC News". Retrieved December 30, 2016.
  3. ^ Kerschbaumer, Ken (January 24, 2005). "ABC News Now... And Later". Broadcasting & Cable. Archived from the original on October 7, 2008. Retrieved January 15, 2020.
  4. ^ "ABC News Now: The Announcement". tV Newser. April 4, 2005. Retrieved January 15, 2020.
  5. ^ a b c Welsh, James (November 5, 2007). "ABC News Now to launch in the UK". Digital Spy. Retrieved January 16, 2013.
  6. ^ Allen, Greg (October 26, 2013). "Fusion Wants Young Latinos To Turn On Their TVs". Weekend Edition. NPR.org. Retrieved January 15, 2020.
  7. ^ Atkinson, Claire (November 20, 2016). "ABC is exploring a 24-hour digital news channel". New York Post. Retrieved January 15, 2020.
  8. ^ Roettgers, Janko (April 24, 2018). "ABC Launches New 24/7 Online News Network 'ABC News Live' Exclusively on Roku Channel". Variety. Retrieved January 15, 2020.
  9. ^ Spangler, Todd (October 25, 2018). "Hulu Adds ABC News Live, CBSN to Live TV Lineup". Variety. Retrieved March 24, 2020.
  10. ^ a b Spangler, Todd (March 20, 2020). "Hulu Adds ABC News' Live-Streaming Channel for All Subscribers, Citing Coronavirus Crisis". Variety. Retrieved March 24, 2020.
  11. ^ "America's #1 Streaming News Channel to Launch on Amazon's News App and YouTube TV". ABC News Public Relations. Retrieved 2020-09-01.
  12. ^ "ABC News to bolster streaming service with live programming". AP NEWS. January 23, 2020. Retrieved March 24, 2020.