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ABC News

ABC News
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News division ofAmerican Broadcasting Company (ABC)
Key people
FoundedJune 15, 1945; 75 years ago (1945-06-15)
Area servedWorldwide
Broadcast programs
SloganSee the Whole Picture
Every Day More Americans Choose ABC News, America's #1 News Source.

ABC News is the news division of Walt Disney Television's ABC broadcast network. Its flagship program is the daily evening newscast ABC World News Tonight with David Muir; other programs include morning news-talk show Good Morning America, Nightline, Primetime, and 20/20, and Sunday morning political affairs program This Week with George Stephanopoulos.

In addition to the division's television programs, ABC News also has radio and digital outlets, including ABC News Radio and ABC News Live, plus various podcasts hosted by ABC News personalities.


Early years

ABC began in 1943 as the NBC Blue Network, a radio network that was spun off from NBC, as ordered by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in 1942.[1] The reason for the order was to expand competition in radio broadcasting in the United States, specifically news and political broadcasting, and broaden the projected points of view. The radio market was dominated by only a few companies, such as NBC and CBS. NBC conducted the split voluntarily in the event that its appeal to the ruling was denied and it was forced to split its two networks into separate companies.

Regular television news broadcasts on ABC began soon after the network signed on its initial owned-and-operated television station (WJZ-TV, now WABC-TV) and production center in New York City in August 1948. Broadcasts continued as the ABC network expanded nationwide. Until the early 1970s, ABC News programs and ABC in general consistently ranked third in viewership behind CBS and NBC news programs. ABC had fewer affiliate stations and a weaker prime-time programming slate to be able to support the network's news operations compared to the two larger networks, each of which had established their radio news operations during the 1930s.

Roone Arledge

By the 1970s, the network had effectively turned around, with its prime-time entertainment programs achieving stronger ratings and drawing in higher advertising revenue and profits to ABC overall. With the appointment of then president of ABC Sports, Roone Arledge as president of ABC News in 1977, ABC invested the resources to make it a major source of news content. Arledge, known for experimenting with the broadcast "model", created many of ABC News' most popular and enduring programs, including 20/20, World News Tonight, This Week, Nightline, and Primetime Live.[2]

ABC News' longtime slogan, "More Americans get their news from ABC News than from any other source." (introduced in the late 1980s), was a claim referring to the number of people who watch, listen to and read ABC News content on television, radio and (eventually) the Internet, and not necessarily to the telecasts alone.[3]

In June 1998, ABC News (which owned an 80% stake in the service), Nine Network and ITN sold their respective interests in Worldwide Television News to the Associated Press. Additionally, ABC News signed a multi-year content deal with AP for its affiliate video service, Associated Press Television News (APTV), while providing material from ABC's own news video service, ABC News One, to APTV.[4]

Modern era

On August 7, 2014, ABC announced that it would relaunch its radio network division, ABC Radio, on January 1, 2015. The change occurred following the announcement that Cumulus would replace its ABC News radio service with Westwood One News (via CNN).[5] On September 20, 2019, ABC Radio was renamed as ABC Audio as the network has evolved to offer a podcast portfolio and other forms of on-demand and linear content.[6]

In April 2018, it was announced that FiveThirtyEight would be transferred to ABC News from ESPN, Inc., majority owned by The Walt Disney Company.[7] On September 10, 2018, ABC News launched a second attempt to extend its Good Morning America brand into the afternoon with Strahan, Sara and Keke.[8] In May 2019, ABC News Live, an news focused steaming channel, was launched on Roku.[9] Following an reorganization of ABC's parent company, The Walt Disney Company which created the Walt Disney Direct-to-Consumer and International segment in March 2018, ABC News Digital and Live Streaming, including ABC News Live and FiveThirtyEight, were transferred to the new segment.[10]


Current ABC News programs

Former ABC News programs

Newscast programs


Public affairs

Digital programs

  • The Debrief (2018-2019)
  • The Briefing Room (2018-2019)
  • 10% Happier (video broadcast of 10% Happier podcast) (2015-2017)
  • Real Biz with Rebecca Jarvis (2014-2017)
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Other services

ABC News Radio

ABC News Radio is the radio service of ABC Audio, a division of the ABC News. Formerly known as ABC Radio News, ABC News Radio feeds through Skyview Networks with newscasts on the hour to its affiliates. ABC News Radio is the largest commercial radio news organization in the US. launched on May 15, 1997 by ABC News Internet Ventures, a joint venture between Starwave and ABC formed in April 1997.[12][13] Starwave had owned and operated ESPNet SportsZone (later known as since 1995, which licensed the ESPN brand and video clips from ABC's corporate sister ESPN Inc. Disney wanted more control of their Internet properties, which meant was operated as a joint venture with ABC News having editorial control.[14] Disney had also bought a minority stake in Starwave before the launch of and would later buy the company outright.[15]

The website initially had a dedicated staff of about 30.[16] In addition to articles, it featured short video clips and audio from the start, delivered using RealAudio and RealVideo technology.[17] Some content was also available via America Online. In 2011, ABC News and Yahoo News announced a strategic partnership to share ABC's online reporting on Yahoo's website; the deal expanded in 2015 to include the Disney/ABC Television Group.[18]

In 2018, ABC News, and Good Morning America specifically, ended the hosting partnership with Yahoo, instead opting to continue separate web presences.[19]

ABC News Live

ABC News Live is a 24/7 streaming video news channel for breaking news, live events, newscasts and longer-form reports and documentaries[20] operated by ABC News since 2018,[21] The channel is available through Roku, Hulu, YouTube TV, Sling TV, Xumo and the news division's other streaming platforms.[22] 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.[20]

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Satellite News Channel

Satellite News Channel was a joint venture between ABC News and Group W that launched on June 21, 1982, as a satellite-delivered cable television network. SNC used footage from ABC News and seven Washington, D.C.-based crews, in addition to stories from other overseas networks to provide a rotating newscast every 20 minutes. However, this channel had difficulty getting clearance from cable systems, so ABC News and Group W decided to sell it to its competitor, CNN (a subsidiary of Time Warner's Turner Broadcasting System). CNN ceased Satellite News Channel's operations on October 27, 1983. SNC was either replaced by CNN or CNN2 on most cable systems. Group W eventually shut down seven years later, in 1999. Following Satellite News Channel's discontinuation, ABC News did not return to 24-hour cable news until 22 years later, in 2004, when they launched ABC News Now, whose launch indicated that Satellite News Channel was ABC News' first attempt in the 24-hour cable news world.

ABC News Now

ABC News Now was a 24-hour cable news network that launched on July 26, 2004 as a digital subchannel by ABC News, being the company's second attempt in the 24-hour cable news world after Satellite News Channel. It was offered via digital television, broadband and streaming video at[26] and on mobile phones. It delivered breaking news, headline news each half hour, and wide range of entertainment and lifestyle programming. The channel was available in the United States and Europe. Its Talk Back feature allowed viewers to voice their own input through the submission of videos and personal thoughts on controversial issues and current topics. It was shut down as a digital subchannel when after its experimental phase had ended with the President inauguration in 2005. ABC News Now was replaced on cable providers with Fusion on October 28, 2013.


Fusion is a digital cable and satellite network owned & operated by Fusion Media Group, LLC, which was a joint venture between ABC News and Univision Communications. ABC and Univision formally announced its launch on May 2, 2012. Launched on October 28, 2013, Fusion features a mix of traditional news and investigative programs along with satirical content aimed at English-speaking Hispanic and Latino American adults between the ages of 18 and 34.[27][28] Fusion was ABC News' third attempt in the 24-hour cable news world after Satellite News Channel in 1982 and ABC News Now (which it replaced) in 2004. In December 2015, it was reported that Disney was in talks to sell its stake in Fusion to Univision.[29] The split was complete on April 21, 2016.[30]


Current television anchors, correspondents, and reporters

New York (Headquarters)

Washington, D.C.

  • Faith Abubey - Multiplatform Reporter
  • Mary Bruce - Senior White House Correspondent
  • John Donvan - Washington Correspondent (1982-1985; 1988-present)
  • Ike Ejiochi - Multiplatform Reporter
  • Averi Harper - Deputy Political Director
  • Devin Dwyer - Senior Washington Reporter (2007-present)
  • Jonathan Karl - Chief Washington Correspondent; Co-Anchor, This Week (2003-present)
  • David Kerley - Senior Transportation Correspondent (2004-present)
  • Rick Klein - Political Director
  • Terry Moran - Senior National Correspondent/ Anchor, ABC News Live Update (1997-present)
  • Kenneth Moton - National Correspondent[33]
  • MaryAlice Parks - White House Correspondent
  • Kyra Phillips - Correspondent/ Anchor, ABC News Live Update
  • Alex Presha - Multiplatform Reporter
  • Martha Raddatz - Co-Anchor, This Week; Chief Global Affairs Correspondent (1999-present)
  • Elizabeth Schulze - Multiplatform Reporter
  • Rachel Scott - Congressional Correspondent
  • Karen Travers - White House Correspondent
  • Pierre Thomas - Chief Justice Correspondent
  • Cecilia Vega - Chief White House Correspondent (2011-present)


  • Elwyn Lopez - Multiplatform Reporter
  • Steve Osunsami - Senior National Senior National Correspondent (1997-present)


  • Alex Perez - Correspondent


  • Marcus Moore - Correspondent

Los Angeles

  • Will Carr - Correspondent
  • Marci Gonzalez - Correspondent (2013-present)
  • Matt Gutman - Chief National Correspondent (2008-present)
  • Kaylee Hartung - Correspondent
  • Zohreen Shah - Multiplatform Reporter
  • Kayna Whitworth - Los Angeles-based Correspondent (2015-present)

San Francisco

  • Becky Worley - Consumer Correspondent; Technology Contributor (2005-present)


  • James Longman - Foreign Correspondent (2017-present)
  • Julia Macfarlane - Multiplatform Reporter
  • Ian Pannell - Senior Foreign Correspondent
  • Maggie Rulli - Foreign Correspondent


  • Victor Oquendo - Correspondent

Current ABC News Radio personnel

  • Michelle Franzen - Midday Anchor
  • Aaron Katersky - Correspondent
  • Brad Mielke - Correspondent, ABC News Radio; Host, Start Here podcast
  • Jason Nathanson - Entertainment Correspondent, ABC News Radio (2011-present)
  • Cheri Preston - New York-based Anchor/ Correspondent, ABC News Radio
  • Mark Remillard - New York-based Correspondent, ABC News Radio
  • Tom Rivers - London-based Foreign Correspondent, ABC News Radio
  • Jim Ryan - Dallas-based Correspondent, ABC News Radio
  • Alex Stone - Los Angeles-based Correspondent, ABC News Radio (2004-present)



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In Australia, Sky News Australia airs daily broadcasts of ABC World News Tonight (at 10:30 a.m.) and Nightline (at 1:30 a.m.) as well as weekly airings of 20/20 (on Wednesdays at 1:30 p.m., with an extended version at 2:00 p.m. on Sundays) and occasionally Primetime (at 1:30 p.m. on Thursdays, with extended edition at 2:00 p.m. on Saturdays). Coincidentally, that country's public broadcasting, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, operates its own unrelated news division that is also named ABC News. The U.S. ABC News maintains a content sharing agreement with the Nine Network, which also broadcasts GMA domestically in the early morning before its own breakfast program.

In New Zealand, ABC World News was broadcast daily at 5:10 p.m. and again at 11:35 p.m. As with the BBC in the U.K., TVNZ 7 (owned by Television New Zealand) aired the program commercial-free, until the channel ceased operations on June 30, 2012.


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  2. ^ "ESPN Classic - Arledge brought modern innovations to TV sports". Retrieved 2016.
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  29. ^ "Disney seeking to sell stake in Fusion". CNN. December 22, 2015.
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