Up to the Minute
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|Up to the Minute|
|Genre||Overnight news program|
|Directed by||Chris Easley|
|Presented by||Anne Marie Green (2013–present)
(for past anchors, see section)
|Theme music composer||Score Productions (1991–2006)
James Horner (2006–2011)
James Trivers, Elizabeth Myers
& Alan James Pasqua (2011–present)
|Opening theme||"CBS News Theme," by Trivers-Myers Music (2011–present)|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||23|
|Executive producer(s)||Kevin Rochford|
|Producer(s)||Jeff Christman (broadcast producer)
Jenn Eaker (associate producer)
Joseph Gelosi (broadcast producer)
Nic Kasanzew (coordinating producer)
Erika Wortham (associate producer)
|Editor(s)||Norman Gittleson (news)
Charlie Langton (sports)
|Location(s)||Studio 57, CBS Broadcast Center,
New York City, New York
|Running time||60 minutes
(aired in tape-delayed loop)
|Production company(s)||CBS News Productions|
|Picture format||480i (SDTV),
|Original release||March 30, 1992– present|
|Preceded by||CBS News Nightwatch (1982–1992)|
Up to the Minute is an American overnight television news program that is broadcast on CBS. Airing during the early morning hours each Monday through Friday, the program maintains a hard news format, incorporating national, international and business news headlines; feature reports; interviews; national weather forecasts; sports highlights; and commentary. CBS News Nightwatch, which ran from 1982 until 1992, was a precursor to the program.
Up to the Minute draws from the full resources of CBS News, including the CBS Evening News, CBS This Morning, Newspath, owned-and-operated stations and affiliates of the television network and APTN. It also features rebroadcasts of selected stories from CBS News Sunday Morning, 48 Hours, 60 Minutes and Face the Nation. Since 2013, the program has been solo anchored by Anne Marie Green, who also anchors the network's early-morning news program CBS Morning News.
Up to the Minute is broadcast from 3:00 to 4:00 a.m. Eastern Time (previously starting at 2:00 a.m. Eastern prior to 2009), and is transmitted in a continuous half-hour tape delayed loop until 8:00 a.m. Eastern Time, when the CBS Morning News – the network's early-morning news program – begins in certain areas of the Pacific Time Zone. Most CBS stations, however, toss from Up to the Minute to the CBS Morning News at 4:00 a.m. local time (sometimes earlier, depending on the start time of the station's local morning newscast). Most of the network's stations do not air the program's entire broadcast loop, and preempt portions of Up to the Minute in order to air local programming (usually infomercials or syndicated programs) – joining the program in progress anywhere from five minutes to as much as 1½ hours after the start of the program – with affiliates looping the show until the CBS Morning News airs.
Its main competitor is ABC's World News Now, which follows a more irreverent format than the more straightforward news style of Up to the Minute (NBC has not aired a late-night newscast since the cancellation of NBC Nightside in 1998, and instead currently airs rebroadcasts of the fourth hour of Today and sister network CNBC's financial talk show Mad Money during overnight time slots). Regular on-air contributors to Up to the Minute include John Quain, who has served as the program's technology consultant since 1998.
The program's history traces back to the launch of the network's first overnight news program CBS News Nightwatch in 1982; that program was originally anchored by Christopher Glenn, Harold Dow, Felicia Jeter and Karen Stone, who were later joined by Mary Jo West. Production of Nightwatch was later moved from New York City to Washington, D.C., at which time Charlie Rose (who remains with CBS News as co-anchor of CBS This Morning) and Lark McCarthy became the program's anchors.
CBS announced its decision to cancel Nightwatch in early 1992, and replaced it with a reformatted news program, Up to the Minute, on March 30, 1992. The program was originally anchored by Russ Mitchell and Monica Gayle, who both left the program in 1993 (Gayle subsequently became co-anchor of the CBS Morning News), and were replaced by Troy Roberts, at which point the program switched to its current single-anchor format.
The program's on-air graphics package and set were often several years behind that of CBS News's daytime broadcasts, with the news division's early-1990s era graphics package being used on the program well past 2000. These graphics were updated in 2005, 2006, 2009, and then again in 2011 to match the current look of the CBS Evening News. In March 2009, when Michelle Gielan was named anchor of Up to the Minute, production of the program was integrated with the CBS Morning News, with the same anchors being used on both programs.
In November 2012, Up to the Minute became the last remaining news program on any of the Big Four television networks or major cable news channels to begin broadcasting in high definition; at that time, production of the program was moved to Studio 57 at the CBS Broadcast Center, the same studio space that is also home to CBS This Morning. Shortly prior to then, Up to the Minute was the last remaining news program on any of the major broadcast and cable news networks that continued to broadcast in standard definition (by comparison, the CBS Morning News had upgraded to HD two years earlier in November 2010).
On June 25, 2015, Newsday reported that CBS News had decided to cancel Up to the Minute, with the program slated to end in mid-September; a spokeswoman for CBS declined to comment as to whether the program would be discontinued. CBS plans to retain the program's time slot, with the possibility of CBS News supplying some form of news content in the program's place.
- Anne-Marie Green (January 21, 2013–present)
- Russ Mitchell (1992–1993; now with WKYC in Cleveland)
- Monica Gayle (1992–1993; now with WJBK in Detroit)
- Troy Roberts (1993–1995; now a correspondent for 48 Hours Mystery)
- Sharyl Attkisson (1993–1995; now with WSYX-TV in Columbus, Ohio and special correspondent for Sinclair Broadcast Group)
- Nanette Hansen (1995–1998)
- Mika Brzezinski (1998–2000; now with MSNBC)
- Melissa McDermott (2000–March 10, 2006)
- Meg Oliver (March 20, 2006–March 18, 2009)
- Michelle Gielan (March 19, 2009–June 17, 2010)
- Betty Nguyen (2010–2012; now with NBC News)
- Terrell Brown (2012–January 18, 2013; now with WLS-TV in Chicago)