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America This Morning
Americathismorning.jpg
Format News
Created by Roone Arledge
Presented by Jeremy Hubbard
Vinita Nair
Country of origin  United States
Language(s) English
Production
Running time 30 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel ABC
Picture format 480i (SDTV),
720p (HDTV)
Original airing July 5, 1982 (as ABC News This Morning)

America This Morning (formerly ABC World News This Morning prior to November 13, 2006 [1]) is a 30 minute newscast offered by ABC News to ABC stations.

It features the day's headlines, live reports from Washington, D.C., a sports package from ESPNews, and a regular money segment called MoneyScope. It is broadcast at 4:30 AM in most markets and is intended to be shown prior to (or in place of) an ABC affiliate's local morning news and as a complement to Good Morning America.

On September 22, 2009, America This Morning and World News Now began broadcasting in high definition. This is the second early morning network newscast to broadcast in HD, after NBC's Early Today.

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History

It 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 newscast celebrated its 20th anniversary during the summer of 2002.

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Anchors

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 headquarters on July 11, 1988, when Forrest Sawyer and Paula Zahn debuted as co-anchors.

Other past anchors include:

Combination with World News Now

In mid-1992, production of World News This Morning was combined with that of successful overnight newscast World News Now with those anchors pulling double duty. Initially, some elements from World News Now were brought over to World News This Morning including "Morning Papers" 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 shorted to first 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 4:30am ET and 7:00am ET)

Announcers

World News / America This Morning has had two 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 has remained the newscast's announcer to this day.

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.

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