ABC News Launches 1st Scheduled Web-Only Broadcast


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, September 3rd, 2003

ABC News launched on Wednesday its first daily scheduled programming exclusively for the Internet, a political talk show, the network said on Wednesday.'s ABC News Live service features four continuous video feeds. Anchor Alina Cho currently gives news updates during the day and will take over one screen at 12:30 p.m. ET, during the peak viewing time for ABC's high-speed Internet service.

The show will run roughly 15-30 minutes and will feature interviews with political journalists in the run-up to the 2004 presidential election, the network said.

"We're seeing the Internet play an increasingly prominent role in the campaign of every candidate," said Bernard Gershon, general manager of, part of the broadcasting arm of Walt Disney Co.

More than 1 million Web watchers have subscribed to RealNetworks Inc's RealOne SuperPass, which includes ABC News Live as well as other content, and ABC sells subscriptions itself, it said.