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ABC News
Division of "American Broadcasting Company (ABC)
Key people "Ben Sherwood
(Co-Chair, "Disney Media Networks; President, "Disney–ABC Television Group)[1]
James Goldston
(President, ABC News)[2]
"George Stephanopoulos
(Chief "Anchor)
"David Muir
(Anchor and "Managing Editor of "ABC World News Tonight)
Founded June 15, 1945; 72 years ago (1945-06-15)

ABC News Headquarters

47 West 66th Street
"Upper West Side, "Manhattan
"New York City, "New York,
United States
Studios ABC News Headquarters,
New York City
"Times Square Studios
New York City
"ABC-owned stations
across the United States
Area served Worldwide
(available on "Apple TV in certain countries; mobile service available worldwide)
Broadcast programs "ABC World News Tonight
"This Week
"Good Morning America
"World News Now
"America This Morning
"The View
Parent "Disney–ABC Television Group
("Disney Media Networks)
("The Walt Disney Company)
Slogan See the Whole Picture
Everyday More Americans Choose ABC News, America's #1 News Source.
Website abcnews.go.com
Web portal go.com

ABC News is the "news division of the "American Broadcasting Company (ABC), owned by the "Disney Media Networks division of "The Walt Disney Company. 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, "newsmagazine series "Nightline, "Primetime and "20/20, and "Sunday morning political affairs program "This Week with George Stephanopoulos.



Early years[edit]

ABC began news broadcasts early in its independent existence as a "radio network after the "Federal Communications Commission (FCC) ordered "NBC to "spin off the former "NBC Blue Network into an independent company in 1943.[3] The split (which NBC conducted voluntarily in the event that its appeal to have the ruling overturned was denied) was enforced to expand competition in radio broadcasting in the "United States as the industry had only a few companies such as NBC and "CBS that dominated the radio market, and in particular, was intended to prevent the limited competition from dominating news and political broadcasting and projecting narrow "points of view. Television "broadcasting was suspended, however, during "World War II.

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. ABC news broadcasts have continued as the television network expanded nationwide, a process that took many years beginning with its launch in 1948. However, from the 1950s through the early 1970s, ABC News' programs (as was the case with the television network in general during that period) consistently ranked third in viewership behind news programs on "CBS and "NBC. Until the 1970s, the ABC television network had fewer "affiliate stations, as well as a weaker prime-time programming slate to be able to truly support the network's news operations in comparison to the two larger networks, each of which had established their radio news operations during the 1930s.

Under Roone Arledge[edit]

Only after "Roone Arledge, the president of "ABC Sports at the time, was appointed as president of ABC News in 1977, at a time when the network's prime-time entertainment programs were achieving stronger ratings and drawing in higher advertising revenue and profits to the ABC corporation overall, was ABC able to invest 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.[4]

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.[5]

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 news video service ABC News One to APTV.[6]

Association with ESPN[edit]

"ESPN, a sports-news organization with several "cable and "satellite television channels – and also majority owned by ABC parent company The Walt Disney Company – provides sports bulletins and video footage for some of ABC News' programs, especially the network's overnight news programs; "America This Morning features a segment of sports highlights provided by the overnight anchors of ESPN's flagship sports news program "SportsCenter.


Current ABC News programs[edit]

Digital programs[edit]


Former ABC News programs[edit]

Newscast programs[edit]


Public affairs[edit]

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Other services[edit]

ABC News Radio[edit]

ABC News Radio is the radio service of ABC News, a division of the "ABC Television Network in the United States. 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.


ABCNews.com launched on May 15, 1997 by ABC News Internet Ventures, a "joint venture between Starwave Corporation and ABC formed in April 1997.[8][9] Starwave had owned and operated ESPNet SportsZone (later known as "ESPN.com) 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 ABCNews.com was operated as a joint venture with ABC News having editorial control.[10] Disney had also bought a minority stake in Starwave before the launch of ABCNews.com and would later buy the company outright.[11]

The website initially had a dedicated staff of about 30.[12] In addition to articles, it featured short video clips and audio from the start, delivered using "RealAudio and "RealVideo technology.[13] Some content was also available via "America Online.


FiveThirtyEight, sometimes referred to as 538, is a website that focuses on "opinion poll analysis, politics, economics, and sports blogging. The website, which takes its name from the number of electors in the "United States electoral college,[14] was founded on March 7, 2008, as a "polling aggregation website with a blog created by analyst "Nate Silver. In August 2010, the blog became a licensed feature of "The New York Times online. It was renamed FiveThirtyEight: Nate Silver's Political Calculus. In July 2013, "ESPN announced that it would become the owner of the FiveThirtyEight brand and site, and Silver was appointed as editor-in-chief.[15] The ESPN-owned FiveThirtyEight began publication on March 17, 2014. In April 2018, ABC News acquired the site from ESPN.[16] In the ESPN/ABC News era, the FiveThirtyEight blog has covered a broad spectrum of subjects including politics, sports, science, economics, and popular culture.


Satellite News Channel[edit]

"Satellite News Channel was a joint venture between ABC News and "Group W that started 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 "TimeWarner'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 the 24-hour cable news world 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[edit]

"ABC News Now was a "24-hour "cable "news "network that was 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 ABCNews.com[17] 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 "Live Well Network was launched. ABC News Now was replaced on cable providers with "Fusion on October 28, 2013.


"Fusion is a "digital cable and "satellite network that is 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.[18][19] 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.[20] The split was complete on April 21, 2016.[21]


Correspondents and reporters[edit]


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International broadcasts[edit]

Several ABC News programs are broadcast daily on "OSN News in "MENA.

In "Australia, "Sky News Australia airs daily broadcasts of 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 broadcaster, 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 at 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.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Bill Carter; Brooks Barnes (March 24, 2014). "ABC News President to Be Top Disney TV Executive". "The New York Times. "The New York Times Company. Retrieved March 23, 2015. 
  2. ^ Alyssa Bernstein (April 10, 2014). "James Goldston Named President of ABC News". ABC News. Retrieved March 23, 2015. 
  3. ^ Thomas P. Swift (January 9, 1942). "Red and Blue Networks of NBC To Be Split; WJZ May Be Sold". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. 
  4. ^ "ESPN Classic – Arledge brought modern innovations to TV sports". Retrieved December 30, 2016. 
  5. ^ "ABC News, Disney Online and ESPN.com Providing Extensive Line-Up of Podcast Content via the New iTunes Podcast Directory". The Walt Disney Company. June 28, 2005. Archived from the original on June 21, 2009. Retrieved December 20, 2009. 
  6. ^ "A.P. Buys Worldwide Television News". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. June 3, 1998. Retrieved October 30, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Listings – TheFutonCritic.com – The Web's Best Television Resource". Retrieved December 30, 2016. 
  8. ^ ABC News takes on the Net, Cnet, May 15, 1997
  9. ^ ABC News – Bugs and All – Arrives on the Web, Wired, May 15, 1997
  10. ^ A Barometer for New Media: ABC News Begins Online Service, The New York Times Cybertimes, May 12, 1997
  11. ^ IQ News: That’s A Wrap: Disney Completes Starwave Purchase, Ad Week, May 4, 1998
  12. ^ ABC News Digital Turns 18: What Happened When We Started a Website, ABCNews.com, May 15, 2015
  13. ^ ABC News Internet Ventures, Starwave, and Progressive Networks Team Up to Deliver RealAudio and RealVideo Content for ABCNEWS.com, 15 May 1997, Progressive Networks
  14. ^ Silver, Nate (August 7, 2008). "Frequently Asked Questions". FiveThirtyEight.com. Archived from the original on February 27, 2014. Retrieved April 26, 2015. 
  15. ^ "Nate Silver joins ESPN in multifaceted role". ESPN.com. Archived from the original on July 25, 2013. 
  16. ^ News, A. B. C. (2018-04-17). "FiveThirtyEight joins ABC News". ABC News. Retrieved 2018-04-19. 
  17. ^ News, ABC. "ABC News". Retrieved December 30, 2016. 
  18. ^ "ABC, Univision teaming on News Network". TVNewsCheck. NewsCheck Media. May 7, 2012. Retrieved October 6, 2014. 
  19. ^ "ABC and Univision Announce New Cable Network 'Fusion' Will Launch Later in 2013". ABC News. February 11, 2013. 
  20. ^ "Subscribe to read". Retrieved December 30, 2016. 
  21. ^ James, Meg. "Walt Disney Co.'s ABC sells its Fusion stake to Univision, exits joint venture". Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 21 April 2016. 
  22. ^ "Source: Chris Christie to join ABC News as contributor". Politico. Retrieved January 30, 2018. 
  23. ^ News, ABC. "ABC News Real Biz with Rebecca Jarvis". ABC News. Retrieved 2016-10-21. 

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