World News Now

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World News Now
"World News Now"
Also known asABC World News Now
FormatNews
Created byDavid Bohrman
Presented byRob Nelson (2010–present)
Diana Perez (2013–present)
Country of originUnited States
Language(s)English
Production
Location(s)New York City, New York
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time1 hour, 30 minutes (often repeated locally)
Broadcast
Original channelABC
Picture format720p (HDTV)
480i (SDTV)
Original runJanuary 6, 1992 (1992-01-06) – present
Chronology
Followed byAmerica This Morning
Related showsABC News
External links
Production website
 
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World News Now
"World News Now"
Also known asABC World News Now
FormatNews
Created byDavid Bohrman
Presented byRob Nelson (2010–present)
Diana Perez (2013–present)
Country of originUnited States
Language(s)English
Production
Location(s)New York City, New York
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time1 hour, 30 minutes (often repeated locally)
Broadcast
Original channelABC
Picture format720p (HDTV)
480i (SDTV)
Original runJanuary 6, 1992 (1992-01-06) – present
Chronology
Followed byAmerica This Morning
Related showsABC News
External links
Production website

World News Now (WNN) is an American overnight news program broadcast on American Broadcasting Company's television network. Its tone is often lighthearted, irreverent and humorous. Created by the original Executive Producer, David Bohrman, a number of well-known news personalities have anchored WNN early in their careers, including original anchors Aaron Brown and Lisa McRee, Thalia Assuras, Kevin Newman, Alison Stewart, Liz Cho, and Anderson Cooper.

WNN is divided into an A, B, C, and D-block. Top ABC News headlines are in the "front of the book" with reports from ABC NewsOne correspondents or repeated reports from World News. There is a national weather forecast and an often humorous "kicker" story that ends the A-block. The "back of the book" (blocks B-D) are usually stories from Nightline, BBC reports, or other segments produced in the studio (otherwise known as pre-tapes or petaques... depending on the day of the week).

On September 22, 2009, the program became the first network overnight newscast to broadcast in high definition.

Contents

History

1991–1993

In late 1991 and early 1992, WNN and rival newscasts like CBS' Up to the Minute and NBC's Nightside were created to compete for viewer demand driven originally by CNN's 24-hour coverage of the Gulf War, and to supply local affiliates with overnight programming. The original working title was "World News Overnight";[1] "World News Now" was adopted prior to the first broadcast.

In the tradition of NBC News Overnight, it has featured serious as well as offbeat news interspersed with odd features such as the "World News Polka" played by Barry Mitchell on the accordion, video footage of dancing camels on Wednesdays (for "Hump Day"), and laughter coming from off camera. Weather predictions are made for obscure and exotic places around the world; some of the locales have had various ties to the show, while some have had pop culture significance, including "Cicely, Alaska" and "Twin Peaks, Washington."

It also often replays clips from Nightline, World News with Diane Sawyer, and other ABC News programming. It has been an apparent training ground for new news anchors (see list below) who go on to higher profile network or local affiliate positions. The show is also unique for its interactive segments, some of which pioneered the email communication that is commonly used on newscasts today.[citation needed] The ABC News WNN Message board has been known[who?] to offer viewers questions and comments from the anchors themselves, during the course of the show.

1994–1998

On Thanksgiving morning in 1995, World News Now was the first television program to be broadcast live on the Internet, using the CU-SeeMe interface. Victor Dorff, a producer of WNN at the time, arranged to have the show simulcast on the Internet daily for a six-month trial period. CU-SeeMe was also used in a taped interview segment in which anchor Kevin Newman and Global Schoolhouse director and founder Yvonne Marie Andres discussed the future of computers in communication.[2]

World News Now was used as the prototype for Fred, ABC's plan to run a cable news channel.[3] The plan was floated in 1995 and was later dropped due to issues with cable carriage, including competition with the recently started MSNBC and Fox News Channel.[4] World News Now also competes for overnight viewers with CBS' Up to the Minute and NBC's All Night entertainment block.

In the fall of 1998, ABC News experienced a labor dispute, seeing support employees locked out for several months. While World News This Morning continued to be produced in New York City with substitute production staff, World News Now moved to the London news bureau. Mark Mullen returned to WNN during the last month of the lockout.

1999–2008

World News Now was one of the first shows to webcast; between 1999 and 2001, free live streaming was on the ABC News website.[citation needed] In 2005, the free behind-the-scenes webcast returned.

On June 8, 2006, ABC White House Correspondent Martha Raddatz learned of the death of terrorist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi near Baqubah, Iraq. Upon confirmation of the tip, ABC launched a special report at 2:38 AM EDT, anchored by WNN team Ron Corning and Taina Hernandez. The show, normally repeated on tape after the initial broadcast, instead went live for all time zones and into follow-up program World News This Morning. The on-air and behind-the-scenes staff stayed on until Good Morning America began and took over coverage at 7:00 AM ET.[5]

In January 2007, WNN celebrated its fifteenth anniversary with the brief resurrection of the National Temperature Index (see below) and a new version of the "World News Polka."

On Thursday, August 2, 2007, WNN abandoned its normal format and went with nearly-continuous coverage of the I-35W Mississippi River bridge collapse in Minneapolis. WNN coverage was anchored by Hernández and Stephanie Sy and continued into America This Morning.

Taina Hernandez left the show on December 18, 2007, to spend more time with her children, while Ryan Owens announced on February 29, 2008, that he was leaving the show to become a full-time correspondent for ABC News. During the week of January 7, 2008, WNN celebrated 16 years on the air with segments looking back on the early days of the broadcast and its anchors. Jeremy Hubbard was named co-anchor of WNN on March 17, 2008; Vinita Nair was named Hubbard's co-anchor on September 17, 2008.

2009–2010

World News Now's open from 2008 to 2011

On the September 22, 2009, broadcast of World News Now, the program became the first network overnight newscast to broadcast in high definition.

On the July 9, 2010, broadcast, Jeremy Hubbard left WNN to become a full-time correspondent for ABC News with Rob Nelson coming in to join Vinita Nair at the anchor desk.

In Hubbard's honor, the "World News Now" staff took a look back at his time with the program and as is tradition at "World News Now," Hubbard had his likeness raised into the ABC News rafters. There was also a polka, sung to Hubbard's dog Jake, and Jeremy received a cutout of his likeness as a going away present and welcomed his replacement, Rob Nelson. [1]

2011-present

On the January 24, 2011 broadcast, World News Now debuted new graphics and animations for all their segments and began using a new set, a side view of the current set of ABC World News.

On February 17, 2011, Vinita announced that Friday, February 18th would be her last night on air at World News Now. The February 18th edition paid tribute to Nair in each of its three segments, including appearances from current and former colleagues including Jeremy Hubbard. Her legacy was to treat the crew to a hot breakfast on her last day. Also, a brief send-off by Nelson to Nair was given at the conclusion of America This Morning. Former KDVR Denver anchor Peggy Bunker was named as interim successor.

On March 11, 2011, WNN went live for all time zones to provide live coverage of the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami bringing updates an pictures from NHK World, the coverage continued in America This Morning and continue reports in Good Morning America.

On July 21, 2011, Peggy Bunker announced that Friday, July 22 would be her last night on air at World News Now. The July 22 edition acknowledged her departure in the first and last of its three, half-hour segments. Also, a brief send-off by Nelson to Bunker was given at the conclusion of America This Morning. ABC News rotated co-anchors alongside Nelson until a permanent successor (Paula Faris) was named.

On July 25, 2011, Tanya Rivero replaced Bunker temporarily and alternated the anchor position with Diana Alvear and Linsey Davis, as ABC looked for a permanent replacement. However from September 19, 2011, Alvear and Davis were taken out of the rotation and Rivero would be sole anchor.

On October 14, 2011, Tanya Rivero moved to ABC daytime, and Rivero, the last member of the July WNN anchor rotation was replaced by Yunji De Nies as a substitute anchor the following program.

On October 27, 2011 Paula Faris was named co-anchor of World News Now. Paula debuted as WNN anchor on January 2, 2012. The show celebrated 20 years on the air during the January 6, 2012 episode. Clips and outtakes of the last two decades of WNN were shown throughout.[6]

On June 11, 2012 the segment "Morning Papers" was replaced by "The Mix". The new segment gets away from using newspapers and instead focuses on stories found online.

On January 18, 2013, Paula Faris announced that Tuesday, January 22 would be her last night on air at World News Now. a brief send-off by Nelson to Faris was given at the conclusion of America This Morning. Diana Perez was named as successor.

Production

Newscast Structure

First Half-Hour

(Airs Live)

BlockStandard Content
ATop stories
BPresentation of packaged segment.
CPresentation of packaged segment.
D

Second Half-Hour

(Airs Live)

BlockStandard Content
ATop stories
BOn Fridays: "Friday Rewind"
CSKINNY
D

Third Half-Hour

(Pre-recorded)

BlockStandard Content
ATop stories
B
C
DThe Mix (Friday mornings, shortened and then followed by "World News Now Polka.")

Regular segments

B, C & D-block

After the A-block, the rest of the half-hour is produced using the following segments:

Special segments

Segments no longer used

Scheduling

The show is produced and airs in three half-hour segments from 1:30 a.m. ET to 3:00 a.m. ET Monday through Friday mornings. America This Morning airs live to the network at 4 a.m. ET (which is anchored and produced by the same team) and is tape delayed for many ABC stations. Most ABC stations preempt portions of WNN due to local programming (usually infomercials or syndicated fare) with affiliates looping the show until America This Morning airs. Although most ABC stations clear the program, a small number of affiliates do not air World News Now:

Criticism

Taina Hernandez has been criticized in the national press for laughing during various segments, some of them serious. She laughed through the story of Owen Wilson's attempted suicide and she and Owens have giggled through segments on terrorism and the Iraq War.[9] These laughing fits have earned her the nickname "The Laughing Taina."

WNN anchor timeline

FromToAnchors
01/199201/1993Aaron Brown and Lisa McRee
01/199305/1993Aaron Brown
05/199306/1993Aaron Brown and Thalia Assuras
06/199311/1994Thalia Assuras and Boyd Matson
11/199404/1996Thalia Assuras and Kevin Newman
04/199601/1997Thalia Assuras and Mark Mullen
01/199712/1998Mark Mullen and Asha Blake
01/199902/2000Juju Chang and Anderson Cooper
02/200008/2000Anderson Cooper and Alison Stewart
08/200002/2002Alison Stewart and Derek McGinty
02/200206/2003Derek McGinty and Liz Cho
07/200312/2003Andrea Stassou and David Muir
12/200308/2004David Muir and Tamala Edwards
08/200401/2005Tamala Edwards and Ron Corning
01/200512/2005Ron Corning and Heather Cabot
12/200508/2006Ron Corning and Taina Hernandez
08/200602/2007Taina Hernandez and Hari Sreenivasan
02/200712/2007Taina Hernandez and Ryan Owens
12/200702/2008Ryan Owens and alternating subs Gigi Stone, Christianne Klein and Tanya Rivero
02/200803/2008Tanya Rivero and alternating subs Gigi Stone and Christianne Klein
03/200805/2008Jeremy Hubbard and alternating subs Gigi Stone, Christianne Klein, and Tanya Rivero
05/200807/2010Jeremy Hubbard and Vinita Nair
07/201002/2011Vinita Nair and Rob Nelson
02/201107/2011Rob Nelson and Peggy Bunker
07/201110/2011Rob Nelson and alternating subs Tanya Rivero, Diana Alvear, and Linsey Davis
10/201101/2012Rob Nelson and alternating subs Yunji De Nies, Cecilia Vega,[10] Sunny Hostin
01/201201/2013Rob Nelson and Paula Faris
01/201302/2013Rob Nelson and alternating subs Sunny Hostin, Diana Perez and Brandi Hitt
02/2013presentRob Nelson and Diana Perez

References

External links