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ABC News (prime-time network news and public affairs)

    (ABC Early Evening, 1953 - Present)

   [Although a weekly news summary was seen as early as 1950, and
     a flashier effort called "All-Star News" was attempted in 1951,
     it wasn't until 1953 that nightly evening news broadcasts began
     on the third network...
     
     "ABC News" a 15-minute newscast
         hosted by John Charles Daly,
         Fall, 1953 - Dec. 1960;
    "ABC News" a 15-minute newscast
         with various anchormen including
         John Cameron Swayze -- previously with NBC --
         and Bill Shadel;
         Dec. 1960 - March, 1962;
    "ABC News" a 15-minute newscast
         hosted by Ron Cochran -- previously with CBS,
         March, 1962 - Jan. 1965;
    "Peter Jennings & The News" a 15-minute newscast
         hosted by Peter Jennings -- his first stint,
         Jan. 1965 - Oct. 1967;
    "Peter Jennings & The News" expanded to a 30-minute newscast
         hosted by Peter Jennings,
         Jan. 1965 - Oct., 1967;
    "ABC News"
         with Bob Young,
         Oct. 1967 - May, 1968;
    "ABC News"
         with Frank Reynolds,
         May, 1968 - May, 1969;
    "ABC News"
         with Frank Reynolds and Howard K. Smith,
         May, 1969 - Dec. 1970;
    "ABC News"
         with Harry Reasoner and Howard K. Smith,
         Dec. 1970 - Oct. 1976;
    "ABC News"
         with Harry Reasoner and Barbara Walters,
         Oct. 1976 - July, 1978;
    "ABC World News Tonight"
         with anchors in New York, Washington, Chicago, and London
         July, 1978 - Sep. 1983;
    "ABC World News Tonight with Peter Jennings" --
         aka: "ABC News Tonight with Peter Jennings" --
         his second stint
         Sep. 1983 - present.]


Theme #1 [for "Peter Jennings & the News", 1965]: [title under investigation]

    [Theme and composer credit in "TV Theme Soundtrack Directory"
     by Craig Patillo]
 
     Composer: Robert W. ("Bob") Cobert (ASCAP/BMI)

     Original Publisher: [not found in ASCAP or BMI]

     2000 Publisher: [not found in ASCAP or BMI]

     Copyright Date:
     Renewal   Date:

     Recordings:


Theme #2 (for Harry Reasoner & Howard K. Smith): "Gathering Crowds"

    [verified on an AirCheck of the ABC News Opening from 1976;
     composer uses the professional name "J. Scott" on some recordings]

     Composer: John Scott (British PRS/ASCAP)
              [professional name of Patrick John O'Hara Scott]

     1978 Publisher: Emil Ascher, Inc. (ASCAP)

     2001 Publisher: KPM Music Division (ASCAP)

     Composition Date: circa 1974

     US Copyright Date:
     US Renewal   Date:

     Recording: 
                LP from the "KPM Recorded Music Library (British)
               "Active Open Air Themes for Full Orchestra"
                KPM 1138 Side A, Track 1 


Theme #3: "ABC Hard News Opening Theme"

     Composers: Billy Arnell (BMI), and
                Stephen ("Steve") Loeb (ASCAP)

     1978 Publisher: [not found in ASCAP Performance Index, 1978]

     2000 Publisher: ABC Circle Music, Inc. (BMI)
                        c/o ABC Television,
                        of New York, NY

     Copyright Date:
     Renewal   Date:

     Recordings:


Theme #4 [since 1978]: "The ABC News Theme"

    [aka: "ABC World News Theme",
     original title filed for copyright was:
     "ABC World News Motif Number 1 and 1a"]

    [the same melodic motif has been adapted and arranged as
     THEMEs for "ABC 20/20", and "ABC News Nightline" and
     the Sunday news magazine, "ABC News This Week".
     
     This work for hire by Scheinert is sometimes credited to Robert A.
     Israel, president of the NY Production house "Score Productions"]

     Composer: Lillian Scheinert (BMI)

     Original Publisher: ABC/Dunhill Music, Inc. (BMI)

     2000 Publisher: ABC Circle Music, Inc. (BMI)
                        c/o ABC Television,
                        of New York, NY

       [as "ABC World News Motif Number 1 and 1a"]:
     Copyright Date: Sep. 5, 1978; PAu-68-717.
     Renewal   Date:

       [as "ABC World News Theme"]:  
     Copyright Date: April 15, 1981; PAu 299-906.
     Renewal   Date:

     Recordings:



















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