America This Morning

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America This Morning
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Also known as ABC News This Morning (1982–1983)
World News This Morning (1983–2006)
Format News
Created by Roone Arledge
Presented by John Muller (2013–present)
Diana Perez (2013–present)
Theme music composer DreamArtists Studios
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Production
Location(s) New York City, New York
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time approx. 23 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel ABC
Picture format 480i (SDTV),
720p (HDTV)
Original run July 5, 1982 (1982-07-05) – present
Chronology
Related shows World News Now
Good Morning America

America This Morning is an American early morning television news program airing on ABC. The newscast is currently anchored by John Muller and Diana Perez, who also serve as anchors of ABC's overnight news program World News Now (it is the only early morning news program using a two-anchor format as the CBS Morning News and NBC's Early Today maintain a solo anchor). Usually airing following World News Now, it features the day's headlines, live reports from Washington, D.C., national weather and airport impact forecasts, a short SportsCenter update from the late night Los Angeles-based anchors of the ESPN show to account for West Coast scores, and a regular business news segment called America's Money.

The program is broadcast live at 4:00 a.m. Eastern Time (airing in the early timeslot to accommodate ABC stations that start their local morning newscasts at 4:30 a.m.), and is transmitted in a continuous half-hour tape delayed loop until 10:00 a.m. ET, when Good Morning America begins in the Pacific Time Zone (after 7 a.m. ET any live breaking news requiring network-level coverage is under the purview of GMA with some allowance to start earlier). The program usually airs as a lead-in to local morning newscasts on most ABC stations, although in the few markets where the ABC station does not produce a morning newscast, it may air in a two- to three-hour loop immediately before the start of GMA.

History

The program debuted on July 5, 1982, in its early months under the title of ABC News This Morning. In early 1983, the program's name became ABC World News This Morning. The program was initially 60 minutes in length and anchored by Steve Bell and Kathleen Sullivan at the network's Washington, D.C. newsroom-studio (as was most ABC News programming at the time).

The program moved to ABC's New York City headquarters on July 11, 1988, when Forrest Sawyer and Paula Zahn debuted as co-anchors. In mid-1992, production of World News This Morning was combined with that of the network's successful overnight newscast World News Now with the same anchor team appearing on both programs. Initially, some elements from World News Now were brought over to World News This Morning including the "Morning Papers" segment and that program's Yanni-composed theme music (played over the original World News This Morning opening graphics) as well as the laid-back attitude.

At some point in 1993, the original Score-composed theme was brought back and most elements of World News Now were dropped as the program again became more serious in tone. As local stations expanded their morning newscasts, World News This Morning was first shortened into two separate 30-minute newscasts and later to the current, single, 30-minute newscast (which, if an affiliate does not provide morning news, can be repeated back-to-back between 4:00 and 7:00 a.m. ET). From the cable network's launch in 1996 until almost all original programming was discontinued due to cost-cutting measures made by ESPN on June 13, 2013, the program's sports update was provided by the overnight anchors of ESPNews, and later on, the Highlight Express.

The newscast celebrated its 20th anniversary during the summer of 2002. On November 13, 2006, the program's name changed again to America This Morning;1 with the rebranding, the orchestral Score Productions theme that had been used since the program's launch (outside of the short period it was replaced by World News Now's original theme music) was retired permanently, and replaced with a modernized theme – along with a new graphics package – the program's on-air appearance had previously been styled after WNN and ABC World News.

Since the title change, although it has remained under the same production as World News Now, America This Morning has gradually been integrated with Good Morning America branding-wise (in effect, retooling it as a complementary program to GMA); the program's current title logo is designed similarly to the logo Good Morning America began using two months prior to the title change, and it eventually adopted that program's graphics package and theme music in 2013. On September 22, 2009, America This Morning and World News Now began broadcasting in high definition; America This Morning, in effect, became the second early morning network newscast to broadcast in HD, after NBC's Early Today.

On August 30, 2010, ABC moved its live broadcast of the program to 4:00 a.m. ET (like its competitors Early Today and the CBS Morning News have done) to allow more affiliates to begin their local newscasts at 4:30 a.m.2 Stations like WSB-TV in Atlanta were forced to pre-empt it when they implemented it less than two months earlier.

Newscast Structure

Block Standard content
A Top stories
B
C
D The Pulse
E On Friday: Friday Funnies

On-air staff

Current on-air staff

  • John Muller (2013–present)
  • Diana Perez (2013–present)
  • Marci Gonzalez (substitute anchor; 2013–present)
  • Linzie Janis (substitute anchor; 2013–present)
  • Tai Hernandez (main co-anchor, 2006–2007; substitute anchor, 2013–present)
  • Rob Nelson (main co-anchor, 2010–2013; substitute anchor, 2013–present)
  • Rob Powers (substitute anchor; 2013–present)

Former on-air staff

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Announcers

World News / America This Morning has had three announcers in its history. From its 1982 debut until 1990, the announcer was Bill Owen. Following Owen's departure from the network in 1990, he was replaced by Barbara Daniels Korsen, who remained the newscast's announcer until 2012.

International broadcasts

ABC News programming is shown daily on the 24-hour news network Orbit News in Europe and the Middle East. This includes America This Morning.

See also

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