Inside Edition

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Inside Edition
Inside Edition logo.png
Genre Newsmagazine
Created by John Tomlin
Bob Young
Presented by Weekdays:
David Frost (1989)
Bill O'Reilly (1989–95)
Deborah Norville (1995–present)
Weekends:
Rolonda Watts (1989–1992)
Nancy Glass (1992–1993)
Madeline McFadden (1993–2002)
Don Criqui (1995–2002)
Paul Boyd (2002–14)
Trish Bergin (2002–2009)
Diane McInerney (2009–present)
Narrated by Steve Kamer (1998–present)
Theme music composer Edd Kalehoff (1989–90 and 1992–94)
Bill Conti (1990–92)
Rick Krizman (1994–present)
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 25
No. of episodes 6,625
(as of May 28, 2015)
Production
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) Inside Edition, Inc.
King World Productions (1989–2007)
CBS Television Distribution (2007–present)
Distributor King World Productions (1989–2007)
CBS Television Distribution (2007–present)
Release
Original network Syndication
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
(1988–2011)
1080i (HDTV)
(2011–present)
Original release January 9, 1989 (1989-01-09) – present
External links
Website

Inside Edition (alternately titled as Inside Edition with Deborah Norville in program introductions for its weekday broadcasts since 1998) is an American television newsmagazine that is distributed in first-run syndication by CBS Television Distribution. Having premiered on January 9, 1989, it is the longest-running syndicated newsmagazine program that is not strictly focused on entertainment news. The program features a mix of hard news stories, entertainment news and gossip, scandals, true crime stories and lifestyle features.

Since 1995, the program's weekday broadcasts have been anchored by Deborah Norville. Since 2009, Diane McInerney has anchored the program's weekend editions (originally as a co-anchor with Paul Boyd until his departure in 2014) and also serves as a substitute for Norville on the weekday broadcasts.

Overview[edit]

Format[edit]

Inside Edition is broadcast in two formats: the weekday edition is broadcast as a half-hour program and features a broad mix of news stories of various types and feature segments; a weekend edition (titled Inside Edition Weekend, though visually referenced as Inside Weekend in on-air graphics) is also produced, which also runs for a half-hour, and is composed of a selection of stories featured on the Monday through Friday editions the previous week. During major holidays occurring on a weekday, that episode may feature a format similar to the weekend edition but featuring a compilation of stories from past editions and occasionally features lifestyle-oriented stories in relation to certain major holidays (such as Independence Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas); from 2002 to 2012, certain episodes aired during the summer months also followed a similar format, mixing feature packages from past episodes introduced by the anchor of that day's broadcast with current news stories introduced by one of the program's correspondents from its newsroom.

The program is based out of the Paramount Pictures studio lot in New York City, which houses its main newsroom and production facilities as well as the set for the broadcast (which switched from a physical set to a computer-generated one in September 2013). Some editions, however, are conducted from the program's West Coast newsroom at CBS Television City in Los Angeles (from where the program's L.A.-based correspondents sometimes introduce story packages) or on location at the studios of television stations which carry the program or from the sites of events which are being covered for the broadcast.

History[edit]

The program was created by John Tomlin and Bob Young, whose concept was picked up by King World Productions (which CBS Corporation – itself having acquired King World through its December 2005 split from Viacom – folded into CBS Television Distribution in September 2007) in the winter of early 1988, for a debut during the 1988–89 television season. When Inside Edition first premiered in January 1989, the program's format originally took on a high-brow approach, focusing on general news and investigative reporting. The first anchor of the program was David Frost, who was demoted to a correspondent role after approximately three weeks, due to poor ratings under the original concept.[1]

In February of that year, Frost was replaced as main anchor by Bill O'Reilly. By then, the program had shifted towards a mix of tabloid crime stories, investigations and celebrity gossip. In point of fact, Inside Edition was one of the original "Big Three" tabloid-style newsmagazines of the early 1990s on American television – alongside A Current Affair and Hard Copy – which fiercely competed with each other in syndication during that period (and is the only one that remains on the air).

In September 1992, the program launched a spin-off newsmagazine, Inside Edition Extra, which was co-produced by King World and CBS affiliate WHDH (channel 7, now an NBC affiliate), which broadcast its parent series in the Boston market. Tom Ellis, who had previously served as an anchor at WHDH, served as host of the program; unlike its parent show, Inside Edition Extra was not able to attain high ratings and was canceled at the end of the 1992–93 season. O'Reilly departed from the program in September 1995, and was replaced by former Today anchor/correspondent Deborah Norville.

By the late 1990s, as its similarly formatted syndicated competitors had already begun waning in the ratings, the program tweaked its format in an effort to retain viewers. While its focus continued to revolve partly around entertainment and crime stories, it also began phasing in additional hard news content (consisting of select major headlines of given warranty and other notable general news and legal-related stories) as well as lifestyle and human interest features. In the late 2000s, as video sharing websites such as YouTube came into prominence, Inside Edition began incorporating viral videos in most broadcasts, either those in relating to a news story covered in that day's edition or, more commonly, humorous or amazing videos (including clever marriage proposals, people and animals displaying interesting talents or stunts, active military personnel returning home from duty surprising family members and practical jokes); videos of the latter type are typically included in the "D" block which closes each broadcast.

On September 5, 2011, Inside Edition began broadcasting in high definition.[2]

On-air staff[edit]

Current on-air staff[edit]

Anchors[edit]

Correspondents[edit]

  • Steven Fabian - New York-based correspondent (2014-present)
  • Lisa Guerrero – chief investigative correspondent (2006–present)
  • Jim Moret – Los Angeles-based chief correspondent (2004–present)
  • Victoria Recaño – Los Angeles-based correspondent (2002–2004; 2012–present)
  • Zoey Tur – special sky correspondent (2015–present)

Former on-air staff[edit]

Awards[edit]

Reception[edit]

Inside Edition has been characterized by the Pew Project for Excellence in Journalism as "tabloid press"[6] and a "pseudo news program".[7]

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