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A B C 20/20 (news magazine)

     (ABC Primetime, 1978 - Present)

     [The original hosts of the series were fired after the first 
      broadcast because it had such low ratings. But after a revamp,
      it slowly built its audience and became a respected network news
      magazine...in part because of Hugh Downs and Barbara Walters
      who became the longest-running anchors...and reporters such as 
      John Stossel, Stone Phillips and Lynn Sherr among others;
      
      The show was created by Roone Arledge -- originally head of
      sports programming for the network who created the popular
      series "ABC's Wide World of Sports" -- who became the 
      chairman of ABC News in 1977;
     
      Downs retired in 1999, and Walters remained as anchor until her
      retirement from the airwaves in 2004; She was replaced by
      Elizabeth Vargas]


Theme: "A B C 20/20"

    [above is the title as it was filed for copyright;
     BMI Repertoire 2001 database title 
     aka: "ABC's Twenty-Twenty Theme";
     
     The THEME was based upon the "ABC World News Tonight" THEME which
     was written by Lillian Scheinert, and later credited to Robert
     Israel -- president of "Score Productions" in New York City]

     Composer: Robert A. Israel (BMI)

     1980 Publisher: A B C Dunhill Music (BMI)

     2001 Publisher: ABC Circle Music, Inc. (BMI)
                        c/o ABC Television Network,
                        of New York, NY

     Copyright Date: May 30, 1980; PAu-205-931.

     Recordings:


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