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ABC News (daily network news)

    (ABC Early Evening, 1953 - Present)

    "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.

    [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 daily evening news broadcasts began
     on the third network.]


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

    [Theme and composer credit in "TV Theme Soundtrack Directory"
     by Craig Pattillo]
 
     Composer: Robert William ("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: Patrick J. O'Hara Scott (PRS, Great Britain; ASCAP/BMI)
              (some works affiliated with ASCAP, and some with BMI)

     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".]

     Composer: Lillian Scheinert (BMI), as a work for hire
                 for ABC/Dunhill music; sometimes
                 credited to Robert A. ("Bob") Israel (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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