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ABC's World News Tonight lops off the Tonight part

by Joel Keller, posted Jul 19th 2006 6:41PM
Charles GibsonStarting this evening (probably as I type this), ABC is debuting a new name for its nightly newscast. It's nothing radical; they've just removed one pesky word: "Tonight."

The decision to rename World News Tonight, which ABC has been using since 1978, to World News (actually, World News with Charles Gibson), is due to the fact that there is now an afternoon webcast attached to the program and updates made on ABCNews.com all day long. According to news president David Westin, "We are committed to expanding ABC News and World News into the 24-hour space created by the digital world, and it makes sense for that reality to be reflected in the title of the broadcast."

This TV Week article also notes that this is the first time the broadcast's title has incorporated Gibson's name. Gibson, of course, took over the anchor spot in June.

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I think that ABC News is changing the show title out of respect for Peter Jennings, who passed away last year. Peter made World News Tonight popular and no later anchorman should host it under that title. It was No. 1 for years when he was on it. To most people they recognize World News Tonight for Peter and nobody else. Don't want to sound cocky for a minute, but ABC is doing the right thing by titling it World News.

July 28 2006 at 4:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

don't forget "Good America"

July 19 2006 at 11:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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