ABC World News Tonight

ABC World News Tonight (titled as ABC World News Tonight with David Muir for its weeknight broadcasts since September 2014 and simply ABC World News Tonight for its weekend broadcasts) is the flagship daily evening television news program of ABC News, the news division of the American Broadcasting Company (ABC) television network in the United States. Since 2014, the program's weekday broadcasts have been anchored by David Muir.[3] Cecilia Vega and Tom Llamas rotated as anchors of the Saturday editions and Sunday editions until Llamas was named sole weekend anchor in January 2017.

The program has been anchored at various times by a number of other presenters since its debut in 1953. It also has used various titles, including ABC Evening News from 1970 to 1978, World News Tonight from 1978 to 2006, World News from 2006 to 2009, and ABC World News from 2009 to 2014. Since 2014 the program has been called ABC World News Tonight.

As of April 2017, it is in a close ratings race with NBC Nightly News.[4]

ABC World News Tonight
ABC World News Title Card
Title card for program (showing David Muir as anchor)
Also known as
  • John Daly and the News (1953–1965)
  • Peter Jennings with the News (1965–1967)
  • ABC News (1967–1970)
  • ABC Evening News (1970–1978)
  • World News Tonight (1978–2006)
  • World News (2006–2009)
  • ABC World News (2009–2014)
  • ABC World News Tonight (2014–present)
GenreNews program
Created byRoone Arledge
Presented by
Narrated by
Theme music composer
Composer(s)Hans Zimmer (2012–present)
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Executive producer(s)
  • Almin Karamehmedovic (2014–present)[1]
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time
  • 15 minutes (1953–1967)
  • 30 minutes (1967–present)
Production company(s)ABC News Productions
Original networkABC
Picture format
Original release
  • 1953 (as John Daly and the News),
  • 1965 (as Peter Jennings with the News),
  • 1970
present (current format)
Related shows
External links


ABC began a nightly newscast in the summer of 1948, when H. R. Baukhage and Jim Gibbons hosted News and Views. This was succeeded by After the Deadlines in 1951 and All Star News in 1952. In the fall of 1953, John Daly began anchoring the then-15-minute John Daly and the News. Daly, who had served as host of the CBS game show What's My Line? contemporaneously, anchored the newscast until 1960, with multiple hosts and formats succeeding him. Anchors of the program during the early 1960s included Alex Dreier, John Secondari, Fendall Winston Yerxa, Al Mann, Bill Shadel, John Cameron Swayze (formerly of NBC), Bill Lawrence, and Bill Sheehan. In 1962, Ron Cochran was appointed as full-time anchor, staying with the program until 1965. After Cochran left the program, Peter Jennings, a Canadian journalist who was 26 years old at the time, was named anchor of the retitled Peter Jennings with the News.

In 1967, the inexperienced Jennings left the anchor chair and was reassigned by the news division as an international correspondent for the news program. The newly renamed ABC News was hosted, in succession, by Bob Young (October 1967 to May 1968), and then by Frank Reynolds (May 1968 to December 1970), who was later joined by Howard K. Smith (May 1969 to December 1970). The program expanded from 15 to 30 minutes in January 1967, nearly 3​12 years after both CBS and NBC had expanded their evening news programs to a half-hour.

Reasoner, Smith, and Walters

Harry Reasoner, formerly of CBS News and 60 Minutes, joined ABC News in 1970 to co-anchor the relaunched ABC Evening News with Smith, beginning that December, replacing Reynolds. The ratings increased steadily, but still remained in third place, behind dominant CBS and NBC. In 1975, Howard K. Smith was moved to a commentator role, and Reasoner briefly assumed sole-anchor responsibilities until he was paired with Barbara Walters, who became the first female network anchor when she joined the program on October 4, 1976. Ratings for the nightly news broadcast declined shortly thereafter, possibly due in part to the lack of chemistry between Reasoner and Walters. Reasoner would eventually return to CBS and 60 Minutes, while Walters became a regular on the newsmagazine 20/20.

"First News" strategy (1967–1982)

Even in areas with three full-time network affiliates, ABC stations often opted to broadcast the news program in the 6:00 p.m./5:00 p.m. timeslot to entice viewers by presenting the day's national and international news first, thus making it more likely that they would stay tuned to the station's local newscast immediately following the program (or one half-hour afterward), instead of turning to CBS or NBC.

Starting in 1973, before the advent of closed captioning, PBS began airing an open captioned version of the ABC Evening News that was distributed to various public television stations throughout the U.S, airing mostly in late-night timeslots five hours after the original ABC broadcast. This version was produced by WGBH, the Boston PBS station, which provided the captions and repackaged the broadcast with additional news stories – some of which were of special interest to the hearing impaired – as well as late-news developments, weather forecasts, and sports scores inserted in place of commercials. The practice continued until 1982, when real-time closed captioning was first introduced in the United States by the National Captioning Institute.[5]

World News Tonight

The early years (1978–1983)

Always the perennial third in the national ratings, ABC News president Roone Arledge reformatted the program, relaunching it as World News Tonight in July 1978.[6] Reynolds, who was demoted when the network hired Reasoner, returned as lead anchor, reporting from ABC News' Washington, D.C. bureau. Max Robinson – who became the first African American network news anchor upon his appointment on the program – anchored national news from the news division's Chicago bureau. Peter Jennings, who also returned for a second stint, reported international headlines from the division's London bureau.

Occasional contributions included special reports by Walters, who was credited as anchor of the special coverage desk from New York City and worldwide, and commentary by Smith, who was easing into eventual retirement. The program's distinct and easily identifiable theme (whose four-note musical signature was eventually used on other ABC News programs) was written by Bob Israel. Ratings slowly climbed to the point where World News Tonight eventually beat both NBC Nightly News and the CBS Evening News, marking the first time ever that ABC had the most-watched network evening newscast.

Peter Jennings's second solo tenure (1983–2005)

In April 1983, Reynolds became ill, leaving both Jennings and Robinson to co-anchor the broadcast until his planned return; however, Reynolds would die three months later on July 20, 1983, from bone cancer. A rotation of anchors hosted the program until August 9, 1983, when ABC announced that Jennings became the sole anchor and senior editor of World News Tonight, which took effect September 5, and on that day, the program began broadcasting from New York City on a regular basis. Bill Owen would replace Bill Rice as announcer for a year.

In September 1984, the program was renamed World News Tonight with Peter Jennings in order to reflect its sole anchor and senior editor. Robinson left ABC News in 1984, after stints of anchoring news briefs and the weekend editions of World News Tonight; he died from complications of AIDS in 1988. With Jennings as lead anchor, World News Tonight was the most-watched national newscast from February 27, 1989 to November 1, 1996, but from then on until February 2007, it placed second behind its main rival, NBC Nightly News.

In April 2005, Jennings announced that he had been diagnosed with lung cancer and, as before, other ABC News anchors – mostly consisting of 20/20 co-anchor Elizabeth Vargas and Good Morning America co-anchor Charles Gibson – filled in for him. Jennings died of lung cancer on August 7, 2005, at his apartment in New York City, at age 67.

The August 8, 2005, edition of the program was dedicated in memory of Jennings and looked back at his four-decade career in news. His death ended the era of the so-called "Big Three" anchors: Jennings, NBC's Tom Brokaw, and CBS's Dan Rather (the latter two had retired from their positions as the respective anchors of NBC Nightly News and the CBS Evening News within the year prior to Jennings's death). During his career, Jennings had reported from every major world capital and war zone, and from all 50 U.S. states, according to the network. Jennings was known for his ability to calmly portray events as they were happening and for his coverage of many major world events.

As a tribute to its late anchor, ABC continued to introduce the broadcast as World News Tonight with Peter Jennings in the week following his death. Gibson anchored the broadcast the first part of the week; Bob Woodruff anchored the final edition of World News Tonight with Peter Jennings on August 12, 2005. That night's broadcast ended with one of Jennings's favorite pieces of music instead of the traditional theme music. Beginning on August 15, 2005, the broadcast was introduced simply as World News Tonight and it remained that way until January 2006.

Bob Woodruff and Elizabeth Vargas (January–May 2006)

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Elizabeth Vargas and Bob Woodruff, co-anchors of World News Tonight.

The program would return to a two-anchor format, when in early December 2005, ABC News announced that Elizabeth Vargas and Bob Woodruff would be the new permanent co-anchors of World News Tonight, replacing Jennings. People in the news industry looked at the choice of Vargas and Woodruff by ABC News as the start of a new era in network television news.

The broadcast was produced live three times per day – the regular live broadcast for the Eastern and Central Time Zones, plus separate broadcasts for the Mountain and Pacific Time Zones. In addition, a live webcast, World News Now (which, incidentally, carried the same title as ABC's overnight news program), with a newsbrief and a preview of that evening's broadcast, was launched. The webcast aired live at 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time on ABC News Now and, and can be viewed throughout the rest of the day after 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

On January 29, 2006, Woodruff and his cameraman, Doug Vogt, were injured by a road-side bomb while riding in an Iraqi military convoy. Both underwent surgery at a U.S. military hospital in Balad, Iraq (50 miles (80 km) north of Baghdad). Both men suffered head injuries in the incident, even though they were both wearing body armor and helmets. Woodruff and Vogt were then evacuated to a U.S. military hospital in Germany, before later being transferred to Bethesda Naval Hospital in Maryland for further treatment and released for outpatient treatment. Within a few months after Woodruff's accident, ABC News announced that Vargas was pregnant and due to give birth to her second child in late summer.

For about a month, Good Morning America co-hosts Charles Gibson and Diane Sawyer had alternated co-anchoring the newscast with Vargas. During the spring of 2006, Vargas mostly anchored the broadcast alone, becoming the first de facto solo female evening news anchor. At the time, it was unknown what ABC News planned to do until Woodruff returned to the anchor chair, which appeared not to be within the near future, and when Vargas began her maternity leave. Rumors flew that Sawyer wanted to become the sole anchor of World News Tonight in order to beat Katie Couric's switch to the anchor chair at the CBS Evening News.[7] However, New York Post columnist Cindy Adams reported that Gibson would become Woodruff's "temporary permanent replacement".[8] Also starting in the spring of 2006, the West Coast editions of World News Tonight were scaled back because Vargas anchored the broadcast on her own at the time.

World News

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Charles Gibson, anchor of World News with Charles Gibson.

Charles Gibson (2006–2009)

In May 2006, Vargas announced her resignation from World News Tonight. Charles Gibson was then named sole anchor of the program, effectively replacing Vargas and her injured co-anchor Woodruff.[9] Vargas cited her doctors' recommendation to cut back her schedule considerably because of her maternity leave, and her wish to spend more time with her new baby. She has since returned to co-anchor 20/20 and ABC News specials, and has served as a substitute anchor on World News Tonight under Gibson and his successors.

Woodruff, although still recovering from his injuries, returned to World News Tonight as a correspondent on February 28, 2007.[10]

Some media analysts found the reasons for the appointment of Gibson as anchor to be merely a cover for ABC News's real intentions to bring stability to its flagship news program, which had seen its ratings slip, and to attract some older viewers away from the CBS Evening News with interim anchor Bob Schieffer.[11] Indeed, the advertising campaign focused on Gibson's experience, calling him "Your Trusted Source," similar to a campaign for Jennings, "Trust Is Earned," in the wake of the Killian documents controversy at CBS and Brian Williams's assumption of the NBC anchor chair.[12]

On July 19, 2006, ABC News announced that World News Tonight would have its name officially changed to World News with Charles Gibson.[13] The network chose to make the, albeit minor, change to remove "Tonight" from the title in order to reflect the program's expansion into the "24-hour space created by the digital world".[14]

In the February 2007 sweeps, World News with Charles Gibson achieved the number-one spot in the Nielsen ratings among the network evening news broadcasts, overtaking NBC Nightly News, marking ABC News' first victory since the week Jennings died in August 2005.

Starting in April 2007, Gibson announced that the Monday broadcasts of World News would become expanded editions, allowing only one commercial interruption to feature extended special segments on global warming.

World News with Charles Gibson won the May 2007 sweeps period decisively over NBC Nightly News, marking Gibson's second consecutive sweeps win and widening the program's lead in the evening news race. It was the first time that World News had won consecutive sweeps periods since 1996, the year ABC News ceded the ratings crown to NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw. NBC Nightly News retook first place in the November 2007 sweeps[15] and the two programs remained in a tight race until the fall of 2008, when the NBC program established a consistent lead.[16]

On August 25, 2008, World News became the fourth and final network evening newscast to begin broadcasting in HD.

On September 2, 2009, ABC News announced that Gibson would retire from ABC News altogether on December 18, 2009, and that Sawyer would assume the anchor desk on December 21, 2009.[17] Gibson's final broadcast ended with a video tribute that included all of the living former U.S. Presidents, former ABC anchors, actors and actresses, singers, comedians, Mickey Mouse, Kermit the Frog, athletes, the commander of the International Space Station, competitors Couric and Williams, and was capped off by U.S. President Barack Obama.[18]

ABC World News

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Diane Sawyer was the anchor of World News from 2009-2014.

Diane Sawyer (2009–2014)

Long-time ABC journalist and anchorwoman Diane Sawyer began anchoring the broadcast, which amended its title to ABC World News, on December 21, 2009. On that date, the program debuted an updated set, new graphics during the introductory segment, along with a new announcer, Mike Rowe (then host of Discovery Channel's Dirty Jobs), who replaced longtime announcer Bill Rice.[19] A new set for the program debuted on August 23, 2010.[20] Substitute anchors for the program during Sawyer's tenure when she was away or on assignment, in addition to Vargas, included David Muir (who by that point, anchored the weekend editions of World News and served as a weekday correspondent), George Stephanopoulos, Cynthia McFadden, Dan Harris, Paula Faris and Byron Pitts (with the exception of McFadden, who left ABC News in August 2014, most of these anchors/correspondents have also served as substitutes following Muir's appointment as anchor of the program).[21]

The Sawyer tenure was marked by a shift towards more "news you can use" features, and less of a focus on hard international news.[22] World News at the time had a 60% female viewership, the highest of the three major network evening newscasts.[23]

On October 1, 2012, World News debuted a new logo, opening theme (which was composed by Hans Zimmer, replacing the longtime Bob Israel-composed theme), an updated set and new graphics package. The program also introduced a segment called the "Instant Index", a feature appearing as the penultimate segment of each night's broadcast focusing on news stories that are trending on social media, pop culture and entertainment-related stories and viral videos. Another feature introduced during Sawyer's tenure was "Made in America", a feature segment reported by David Muir, chronicling enterprising American companies.

On June 25, 2014, ABC News announced that Sawyer would step down as the weekday anchor of ABC World News; Saywer would be succeeded by the program's then weekend anchor, David Muir, effective September 2.[24][25] On July 28, 2014, the program debuted a slightly updated set, which includes a new, larger monitor behind the anchor desk. Diane Sawyer ultimately decided to end her tenure as anchor of ABC World News nearly a week before Muir began as anchor of the weeknight editions on August 27, 2014, in order to spend time with family.[26] By the time Sawyer left World News, the program was the #1 network evening newscast in all major key demographics and significantly closed the ratings gap with NBC Nightly News in total viewership.[27]

ABC World News Tonight

David Muir (2014–present)

David Muir became the weekday anchor and managing editor of the program on September 1, 2014, while retaining his duties as co-anchor of 20/20.[3] At the same time, Good Morning America co-host George Stephanopoulos assumed the news division's Chief Anchor position that had traditionally been assigned to the anchor of World News.[28] Following the departure of Diane Sawyer, the title of the program was also silently rebranded back to World News Tonight for the first time since 2006, albeit with "ABC" attached to the title now.[14] Primary substitutes are Stephanopulos, World News weekend anchor Tom Llamas, as well as reporters Rebecca Jarvis and Amy Robach.

World News Tonight has broadcast from San Bernardino; Orlando, Fla.; Paris; and Brussels after terrorist attacks there, and Dallas, where five policemen were shot dead in July.[29] In November 2016, World News Tonight was the most watched network primetime newscast for the first time in 18 years. The last time World News held the top spot was during the 1998-99 season when Peter Jennings sat at the anchor's desk, according to Nielsen.[30]

World News Tonight was the most watched network evening newscast for the week of March 30, 2015. This marked the first time in seven years that the program finished at #1, beating out NBC Nightly News in all categories.[31]



  • H. R. Baukhage and Jim Gibbons (News and Views, August 11, 1948 – March 30, 1951[32]
  • Unknown, After The Deadlines, April 2, 1951 – October 3, 1952)
  • Bryson Rash, Pauline Frederick, Gordon Fraser and Leo Cherne (All-Star News, October 6, 1952 – January 2, 1953 – primetime news, one hour Mondays and Wednesdays, half hour other nights)
  • ABC network had no evening news broadcast Monday through Friday (January 5, 1953 – October 9, 1953)
  • John Daly (John Daly and the News, October 12, 1953 – September 12, 1958)
  • Don Goddard (ABC News, September 15, 1958 – May 8, 1959, at 7:15–7:30 (Eastern and Pacific time), followed three hours later by John Daly and the News at 10:30–10:45 (Eastern and Pacific))
  • John Daly (John Daly and the News, May 11, 1959 – December 16, 1960)
  • Bill Shadel (ABC Evening Report, December 19, 1960 – September 22, 1961)
  • Bill Lawrence, Al Mann and John Cameron Swayze (ABC Evening Report, September 25, 1961 – March 23, 1962, at 6 or 7, followed four or five hours later by 10-minute ABC News Final with Ron Cochran)
  • Ron Cochran (ABC Evening Report, March 26, 1962 – January 29, 1965) also anchorman for 10-minute news at 11 pm until March 29, 1963; followed on the late news by Murphy Martin (April 2, 1963 – January 3, 1964) and Bob Young (January 6, 1964 – January 8, 1965)[33]
  • Peter Jennings (Peter Jennings with the News, February 1, 1965 – October 13, 1967 – program expanded to half-hour as ABC News on January 9, 1967)
  • Bob Young (ABC News, October 16, 1967 – May 24, 1968)
  • Frank Reynolds (ABC News, May 27, 1968 – May 16, 1969)
  • Frank Reynolds and Howard K. Smith (ABC News, May 19, 1969 – December 4, 1970)[34]
  • Howard K. Smith and Harry Reasoner (ABC Evening News, December 7, 1970 – September 5, 1975)
  • Harry Reasoner (ABC Evening News, September 8, 1975 – October 1, 1976)
  • Harry Reasoner and Barbara Walters (ABC Evening News, October 4, 1976 – July 7, 1978)
  • Frank Reynolds, Max Robinson and Peter Jennings (World News Tonight, July 10, 1978 – April 20, 1983)
  • Max Robinson and Peter Jennings (World News Tonight, April 23, 1983 – August 8, 1983)
  • Peter Jennings (World News Tonight with Peter Jennings, August 9, 1983 – April 5, 2005)
  • Interim anchors Charles Gibson, Elizabeth Vargas and Bob Woodruff (World News Tonight with Peter Jennings, April 6, 2005 – August 12, 2005; World News Tonight, August 15, 2005 – January 2, 2006) [35]
  • Bob Woodruff and Elizabeth Vargas (World News Tonight with Bob Woodruff and Elizabeth Vargas, January 3  – May 26, 2006)
  • Charles Gibson (World News with Charles Gibson, May 29, 2006 – December 18, 2009)
  • Diane Sawyer (ABC World News with Diane Sawyer, December 21, 2009 – August 27, 2014)
  • David Muir (ABC World News Tonight with David Muir, since September 1, 2014)


Weekend newscasts

ABC first attempted an early evening weekend newscast in July 1975, when it debuted a Saturday bulletin that was anchored by Ted Koppel and taken over by Tom Jarriel and Sylvia Chase in 1977. The broadcast, however, was not carried by many stations, and was cancelled in January 1979.

Following the Saturday news cancellation, and after the flagship weeknight broadcast became World News Tonight, the program premiered World News Sunday on January 28, 1979, and expanded to a full seven days with the restoration of a Saturday newscast (World News Saturday) on January 5, 1985, years after NBC and CBS had each launched their own weekend evening news programs. These editions added the word "Tonight" to the program title in the mid-1990s, further unifying it with the weekday editions, and in the mid-2000s, their respective names were shortened uniformly to World News Tonight to correspond with those broadcasts. However, the original names were restored on July 19, 2006, concurrent with the retitling of the weekday broadcasts, but the opening title sequence displayed the name as World News for both the Saturday and Sunday editions.

Prior to 1975, the only network newscasts that ABC stations broadcast on weekends were 15-minute late-night updates on Saturdays and Sundays, known as ABC Weekend News and later, ABC News Weekend Report. The programs were fed to affiliates at 11:00 pm Eastern/10:00 pm Central and were seen in tandem with the stations' own late newscasts, although some stations opted to tape-delay the network updates until immediately before their regular sign-off time (rival CBS also offered a 15-minute Sunday night bulletin during the 1970s until 1997). Because of declining affiliate interest (in part because of the proliferation of 24-hour cable news channels such as CNN) and low viewership, ABC discontinued the late-night weekend reports in September 1991.

In addition, starting in 1973, weeknight co-anchor Harry Reasoner hosted The Reasoner Report, a half-hour topical analysis of important stories (especially breaking developments in the Watergate scandal) in the vein of CBS's 60 Minutes, which Reasoner himself co-moderated at two different times. Affiliates usually carried the program on Saturday evenings in the time slots where the main newscast aired on weeknights. The program, which had affiliate clearance problems and was thus unsuccessful in terms of ratings, ended in 1975, replaced by the network's inaugural Saturday newscast (see above).

Some former anchors of the weekend news broadcasts include Sam Donaldson (Sunday edition, 1979–1989), Kathleen Sullivan (Saturday edition, 1985–1987), Barry Serafin (Saturday edition, 1987–1988), Forrest Sawyer (Sunday edition, 1989–1993), Carole Simpson (Saturday edition, 1988–1993; Sunday edition, 1993–2003), Elizabeth Vargas (Saturday edition, 1997–2003; Sunday edition, 2003–2004), Jim Avila (Saturday edition, 2006–2007), Terry Moran (Saturday edition, 2004–2005), Bob Woodruff (Sunday edition, 2004–2005), Dan Harris (Sunday edition, 2006–2011) and David Muir (Saturday edition, 2007–2011; Saturday and Sunday editions, 2011–2014). Muir, who had taken over World News Saturday in 2007, took over the Sunday broadcast in 2011, ending the practice of using separate anchors for the Saturday and Sunday editions of the program, with ABC renaming both broadcasts as ABC World News with David Muir as a result. David Muir anchored the weekend program until he took over the weekday broadcast in September 2014. The program returned to using separate anchors for the weekend broadcasts afterward, with Cecilia Vega being named anchor of the Saturday broadcast and Tom Llamas named anchor of the Sunday edition in February 2015. After Vega was named senior White House correspondent, Llamas was named sole weekend anchor in January 2017, as the practice of using separate anchors for the Saturday and Sunday editions ended once again.

Some ABC affiliates air the Sunday edition of World News Tonight at 6:00 p.m. Eastern and Pacific Time (5:00 p.m. Central and Mountain)‍—‌one half-hour earlier than the weekday broadcasts. The weekend editions of World News Tonight may periodically be abbreviated or preempted outright due to sports telecasts that overrun into its timeslot or occasionally air immediately following the program (the latter preemption situation commonly affects stations in the Pacific and Mountain Time Zones); this is particularly common during fall, as the Saturday broadcast does not air at all from September through mid December due to ABC's college football coverage and during the winter and spring, when the Sunday broadcast is sometimes delayed or preempted due to overruns of the network's NBA telecasts.

International newscasts

ABC News programs, including ABC World News Tonight, are shown for several hours a day on the 24-hour news network OSN News in MENA Region.

In the United Kingdom, the program was shown Tuesday through Fridays at 1:30 a.m. on BBC News, a channel that is frequently simulcast by BBC One at this time, meaning the program was broadcast on analogue terrestrial television in many parts of that country until the digital transition. The newscast was aired on a delay, in part because of the need to remove commercial advertisements, as the BBC's domestic channels operate as commercial-free services via a television license fee, replacing them with promotions for different BBC News special programs. The program was replaced by Asia Business Report and Sport Today on June 14, 2011, but later returned to the channel on August 20, 2012. It is also available on the BBC's on-demand service BBC iPlayer for 28 days after its domestic broadcast.The program was replaced again by Asia Business Report and Sport Today on March 30, 2015.[36]

In Australia, WNT airs every morning at 10:30 a.m. AET on Sky News Australia. In New Zealand, WNT is shown at 5:10 p.m. on Sky News New Zealand.

In Hong Kong, the program was broadcast live on TVB Pearl daily at 07:30 until 08:00 HKT until May 31, 2009, when it was replaced by NBC Nightly News. In Japan, it airs on NHK BS 1 as part of the weekday morning program Ohayo Sekai (Wake Up To The World),[37] and in clip form during the English language educational program ABC News Shower.[38]

In Belize, Great Belize Television carries all editions of World News Tonight each weekday at 8:00 p.m. and weekends at 7:00 p.m.


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1979–80 United States network television schedule (weekday)

These are the daytime Monday–Friday schedules on all three American television networks for each calendar season, beginning in September 1979. All times listed are Eastern time.

Talk shows are highlighted in yellow, local programming is white, reruns of prime-time programming are orange, game shows are pink, soap operas are chartreuse, news programs are gold and all others are light blue. New series are highlighted in bold.


1) Programs marked with an asterisk (*) aired at the same time in all time zones. CBS's Sunrise Semester was a half-hour program which aired at either 6:00 or 6:30 AM, depending on the station.

2) Programs scheduled after 10:00 AM Eastern aired one hour earlier (starting at 9:00 AM) in the Central and Pacific time zones. Stations in the Mountain time zone that started their network schedule at 8:00 AM would follow the Central and Pacific pattern that year.

2) Some network programs, particularly before 7:00 AM and after 10:00/9:00 AM, were subject to preemption by local affiliate stations in favor of syndicated or locally produced programs.

3) On ABC, World News Tonight was produced at 6:00 PM Eastern/5:00 PM Central, and aired live by some affiliates. This early feed of the broadcast was discontinued in 1982.

ABC News

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.

Cecilia Vega

Cecilia Marcellina Vega (born January 7, 1977) is an American journalist, currently serving as senior White House correspondent for ABC News. She joined the network in 2011 as a Los Angeles-based correspondent. Prior to her White House assignment, she had rotated with Tom Llamas as anchor of the weekend editions of ABC World News Tonight. Vega joined ABC News from KGO-TV in San Francisco, where she was part of a team awarded an Emmy in 2010. Before working in broadcast journalism, she wrote for the San Francisco Chronicle.

David Muir

David Jason Muir (born November 8, 1973) is an American journalist and the anchor of ABC World News Tonight and co-anchor of the ABC News magazine 20/20, part of the news department of the ABC broadcast-television network, based in New York City. Muir previously served as the weekend anchor and principal substitute anchor on ABC's World News with Diane Sawyer, subsequently succeeding her on September 1, 2014. At ABC News, Muir has won multiple Emmy and Edward R. Murrow awards for his national and international journalism.

According to the Tyndall Report, Muir's news reporting received the most airtime in 2012 and 2013, making him one of the most visible journalists in America. World News Tonight with David Muir has become the most watched newscast in America. In 2013, TV Week called him one of the "12 to Watch in TV News".

Muir was listed as one of People Magazine's Sexiest Men Alive in 2014.

Eugene F. Provenzo

Eugene F. Provenzo Jr. (born 1949 in Buffalo, New York) is a professor in the Department of Teaching and Learning at the University of Miami. He became a Full Professor in 1985.

Provenzo's academic interests include the role of the teacher in American society, and the influence of computers and video games on children. His work has been reviewed in American and British media, including ABC World News Tonight, The Economist, and The New York Times. He has been involved in the analysis and archiving of works by W.E.B. Du Bois and, with Edmund Abaka, edited "W.E.B. Du Bois on Africa", Left Coast Press, 2012.

Forrest Sawyer

Forrest Sawyer (born April 19, 1949) is an American broadcast journalist. Sawyer worked 11 years with ABC News, where he frequently anchored ABC World News Tonight and Nightline and reported for all ABC News broadcasts. He anchored the award-winning prime-time newsmagazines "Day One" and "Turning Point" He recorded exclusives from all over the globe, and earned numerous awards for his reports and documentaries, including Emmy Awards in 1992, 1993, and 1994. He left ABC News in 1999 to become a news anchor for both NBC and its cable counterpart, MSNBC, where he was a regular substitute for Brian Williams as anchor for The News with Brian Williams. He left NBC News in 2005 to become founder and president of Freefall Productions, where he produces documentaries and serves as a media strategist and guest lecturer.

George Stephanopoulos

George Robert Stephanopoulos (; born February 10, 1961) is an American television host, political commentator, and former Democratic advisor. Stephanopoulos is currently the chief anchor and the chief political correspondent for ABC News, a co-anchor of Good Morning America, and the host of ABC's Sunday morning This Week. Stephanopoulos is a regular substitute anchor for ABC World News Tonight.

Prior to his career as a journalist, Stephanopoulos was an advisor to the Democratic Party. He rose to early prominence as a communications director for the 1992 presidential campaign of Bill Clinton and subsequently became White House communications director. He was later senior advisor for policy and strategy, before departing in December 1996.

I Witness Video

I Witness Video was an NBC News production primetime series and American informational reality-based television program that aired on NBC on Sunday night from August 16, 1992 to July 10, 1994. It was first seen as a series of six specials beginning on February 23, 1992, and created the genre of dramatic video footage pre-empting traditional journalism now featured on ABC World News Tonight with David Muir.

Independent Network News (TV program)

The Independent Network News (INN) (later retitled INN: The Independent News and USA Tonight) is an American syndicated television news program that ran from June 9, 1980 to June 1990. The program aired seven nights a week on various independent stations across the United States and was designed to serve those stations in the same manner that the "Big Three" network news programs – ABC World News Tonight, NBC Nightly News and the CBS Evening News – served their affiliates.

John Berman

John Berman (born March 21, 1972) is an American news anchor, currently the co-anchor of CNN's New Day with Alisyn Camerota on CNN, and a regular relief presenter of Anderson Cooper 360°. Having been a weekday relief co-anchor of CNN's New Day early morning news program for several years, he replaced Chris Cuomo as its regular co-anchor, following Cuomo's departure on May 24, 2018, to present Cuomo Prime Time.

Martin Seemungal

Martin Seemungal is a journalist and foreign correspondent who has reported for the ABC News, CBS News, CBC National News, and Worldfocus television programs. Seemungal was based in Nairobi, Kenya for ABC in 2003 after joining the network in 2000. He covered the outbreak of the Ebola virus in Uganda, flooding in Mozambique, famine in Malawi and a terrorist attack on Israeli tourists in Mombasa. Seemungal was Africa Correspondent for both CBC TV News (Canada) and ABC News (US) from 1991 to 2006. During that period he was based in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Nairobi.

He has reported from Uganda, South Africa, Mozambique, Congo, Somalia, India, Afghanistan, Yemen, Israel and Kuwait. He was awarded the DuPont Award in 2003 from Columbia University and received a Gemini Award nomination for "Best Television Reporting" for his coverage on the Rwanda Exodus. He has received two Emmy Awards, one for the ABC Nightline series on Congo in 2002 and the other, for his coverage of the Darfur crises which aired in 2004 on ABC World News Tonight. He has also been nominated for two Emmy Awards, one for his coverage of the Volcano eruption in Congo in 2002 which was broadcast on ABC World News tonight; the other for his series on 21st Century Africa which aired in 2008 on the PBS program 'Worldfocus.'

As of January 2011, he is the new Middle East correspondent for CTV News. His first report in this capacity was filed January 23, 2011. This marks a return to CTV for Seemungal who worked for CTV Ottawa from 1984 to 1988.

Seemungal is from Belleville, Ontario in Canada and is a 1980 graduate of Loyalist College.

Max Robinson

Maxie Cleveland "Max" Robinson, Jr. (May 1, 1939 – December 20, 1988) was an American broadcast journalist, most notably serving as co-anchor on ABC World News Tonight alongside Frank Reynolds and Peter Jennings from 1978 until 1983. Robinson is noted as the first African-American broadcast network news anchor in the United States. Robinson was a founder of the National Association of Black Journalists.

Oz Pearlman

Oz Pearlman is an Israeli mentalist, speaker, magician, and athlete best known for his third place finish on America's Got Talent, Season 10 (2015). He was a guest on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on April 15, 2010. He also made guest appearances on NBC Today Show on August 23, 2015, and three times in 2016. On January 26, 2017 he appeared on NBC Today Show again and appeared to predict the American Super Bowl result. Oz aired on The Meredith Vieira Show on December 1, 2015 and February 8, 2016. He was a guest on CNBC Squawk Box on December 23, 2015. Pearlman appeared on The Dr. Oz Show on December 20, 2016. He appeared on ABC World News Tonight on July 24, 2009. Oz made a guest appearance on CBS’s Early Show on May 30, 2009. He appeared as a guest at Wall Street Journal's studio on April 7, 2016. Pearlman was featured on a commercial for Mohegan Sun in China. Pearlman was a guest on the national radio show Elvis Duran and the Morning Show. He won the Long Island Marathon in 2015 when he completed the 26-mile marathon in 2 hours, 25 minutes, and 25 seconds.

Roone Arledge

Roone Pinckney Arledge, Jr. (July 8, 1931 – December 5, 2002) was an American sports and news broadcasting executive who was president of ABC Sports from 1968 until 1986 and ABC News from 1977 until 1998, and a key part of the company's rise to competition with the two other main television networks, NBC and CBS, in the 1960s, '70s, '80s and '90s. He created many programs still airing today, such as Monday Night Football, ABC World News Tonight, Primetime, Nightline and 20/20. John Heard portrayed him in the 2002 TNT movie Monday Night Mayhem

Scott Griffith

Scott Griffith was the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Zipcar, Inc. from February 2003 until his resignation on March 15, 2013 following the acquisition of Zipcar by Avis Budget Group.Griffith has a BS in engineering from Carnegie Mellon University in 1981 and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business in 1990.While Griffith was CEO, Zipcar became the world's largest car sharing service. In the fall of 2007, Zipcar merged with Flexcar, with Griffith as CEO of the merged company which continued to use the Zipcar name. Zipcar also bought London-based Streetcar, the UK’s largest car sharing service at the time.For his accomplishments at Zipcar, Griffith was named a Mass High Tech All-Star in 2009, selected as one of Huffington Post’s 2010 Game-changers in transportation, and dubbed Corporate Responsibility Magazine’s 2010 Social Entrepreneur CEO of the Year. In addition, BusinessWeek named Scott one of its “Best Leaders of 2006,” and he was the recipient of Babson College's ELiTE Award for entrepreneurship. Griffith has been interviewed by many news outlets, including The Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Newsweek, The New York Times, CNN, CNBC, USA Today, Associated Press, CBS-TV, FOX-TV, ABC World News Tonight and Time.

Prior to Zipcar, Griffith held senior level positions at The Boeing Company, Information America, an Atlanta-based provider of online public record information, and The Parthenon Group, a boutique business strategy and investment firm.

Tom Foreman

Tom Foreman is an American broadcast journalist for CNN whose reporting experience spans more than three decades. Beginning as a local television reporter in Montgomery, Alabama, at WSFA, he continued on to work for WWL-TV, the CBS affiliate in New Orleans, Louisiana. In 1990, Foreman relocated to Denver, Colorado, as a national network correspondent for ABC World News Tonight with Peter Jennings and Nightline. In 2000, Foreman signed with National Geographic and anchored National Geographic Today, a daily news story focusing on major scientific and breaking nature news, and Inside Base Camp, for which he won an Emmy award as best interviewer. He joined CNN in 2004, and currently works out of CNN's Washington DC Bureau covering a wide range topics from breaking political news to international crises. His career has taken him to all 50 states and through more than 20 countries for coverage of earthquakes, civil wars, economic upheavals and social unrest.

Tom Llamas

Thomas Edward Llamas ( YAH-mahss; born July 2, 1979) is an American journalist. The weekend anchor for World News Tonight on the American Broadcasting Company, he has won multiple Emmy Awards for his reporting, as well as two Edward R. Murrow awards.

World News

World News may refer to one of the following sources that covers international news:

ABC World News Tonight, a television news program that airs on American television network ABC

BBC World News, the international news and current affairs television channel of the BBC

CNN World News, a television news program that airs on CNN International

ITN World News, a television news program that originated in the United Kingdom, and aired during the late-eighties and most of the nineties

SBS World News, a television news program that airs on the Australian network SBS

Sky World News, a television news program that airs on Sky News

World News by Don Lee Broadcasting, on W6XAO (now KCBS-TV; 1938–1948)

World News Now, an overnight news program that airs on American television network ABC

World News Network, an internet news aggregation service

World News Tonight

World News Tonight may refer to:

ABC World News Tonight, the daily evening program of ABC News

World News Tonight (UK TV series), a former Sky News program

World News Tonight, formerly the name used for the late edition of SBS World News

PTS World News Tonight, a Public Television Service program

Evening television news in the United States
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