THIS WEEK MAKES HISTORIC MOVE TO NEWSEUM COMPLEX
ABC News today announced a partnership with the Newseum in Washington, D.C., that will move ABC News’ Sunday morning broadcast This Week with George Stephanopoulos to a new studio. The program will be broadcast from the Newseum, a museum dedicated to journalism located just blocks from the U.S. Capitol, beginning in the first quarter of 2008.
As part of this partnership between ABC News and the Newseum, viewers of the broadcast and visitors to the facility will be exposed to an expanded Sunday morning experience. The Newseum studio will provide visitors a first-hand look at the production of the ABC News broadcast and members of the public will be able to watch This Week on a giant monitor located in the atrium of the Newseum.
"This move extends the strong relationship ABC News has enjoyed with the Newseum for many years," said David Westin, president, ABC News. "It's a marriage of the great journalism George and his program practice every week with a museum celebrating what journalism means to this country. And nothing could be more perfect than for a news program focusing on the important public policy questions of our day to originate from this wonderful new building on Pennsylvania Avenue in the heart of where those questions are being decided."
"Having This Week at the Newseum enriches our visitors’ experience by offering a unique, behind-the-scenes look at the inner workings of a network news broadcast," said Charles L. Overby, chief executive officer of the Newseum.
"The Newseum will be the ideal place to learn how news is made. This Week will make it a place where news is made — every Sunday," said George Stephanopoulos, anchor of This Week and chief Washington correspondent.
The Newseum is a museum of news that will open in the first quarter of 2008 on historic Pennsylvania Avenue, between the White House and U.S. Capitol, in Washington D.C. The Newseum will offer visitors an experience that blends five centuries of news history with up-to-the-second technology and hands-on interactive experiences. The museum features seven levels of galleries, 15 theaters, and state-of-the-art broadcast facilities where visitors can go behind the scenes to learn how and why news is made.
This Week continues to perform strongly against the competition. This Week is the only Sunday discussion program up for the 2006/2007 season among total viewers and is also the only Sunday discussion program to increase year-to-date among total viewers. This Week placed a solid second among total viewers for the recently completed 3Q and continues to close the total viewing and adults 25-54 demo gap with NBC’s Meet the Press by double digits.
More Americans get their news from ABC News than from any other source. Through its platforms on television, radio, and the Internet, ABC News reaches on average nearly 194 million people in a given month. ABCNEWS.com is consistently ranked among the top news sites. ABC News Now, which consists of a 24-hour digital linear channel and a wide range of video-on-demand programming from all ABC News broadcasts, is available to more than 34 million users across cable, broadband, and mobile.
ABC News’ This Week with George Stephanopoulos
George Stephanopoulos anchors ABC’s Sunday morning news program, This Week, which features newsmaker interviews and roundtable discussions on a wide range of issues. The 2006-2007 season marked the end of This Weeks’ 25th year and George Stephanopoulos’ fifth year as anchor. The show launched in 1981 with host David Brinkley.
Since Mr. Stephanopoulos began anchoring in September 2002, the program has covered breaking news and featured important exclusive interviews, ranging from heads of state to presidential candidates. These interviews put into unique perspective the preceding week’s news and often set the stage for what’s to come in the week ahead.
The program’s multi-faceted and flexible format also features a roundtable discussion with a mix of journalists and opinion makers in a free-flowing exchange between Mr. Stephanopoulos, Sam Donaldson, Cokie Roberts, George Will, and other ABC News correspondents and contributors; the "In Memoriam" segment, which recalls the lives of important figures who passed away during the week, and also lists the names of servicemen and women who died in Iraq and Afghanistan; "Voices," where an unexpected voice is featured discussing policy or their passion for a cause; and last but not least, the "Funnies" — a montage of the week’s best political humor from the late-night comedy shows.
This Week continues to build audience through expanding its presence on the Web. As part of This Week’s evolution, the program introduced several new and unique features, including a Web cast, This Week All Week. Every Thursday, the Web cast offers George Stephanopoulos’ take on the latest political news. And on Sundays, The Green Room gives viewers an all-access pass to hear more from Sam Donaldson, Cokie Roberts, George Will, and other guest commentators as they gather after the show to give all the news, opinions and analysis that wouldn’t fit in the show.
In 2006, This Week with George Stephanopoulos won a USC Annenberg Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Television Political Journalism for its On the Trail series. The On the Trail segments focused on several heated Senate races during the 2006 midterm elections, taking anchor George Stephanopoulos out of the studio to join candidates on the campaign trail. These segments provided a behind-the-scenes look at the campaigns, and each candidate, while illustrating the driving issues in each race. On the Trail continues as a segment on This Week, now spotlighting the 2008 presidential contenders.
Visit the This Week Web site to read more about the show at http://abcnews.go.com/politics.
Katherine O’Hearn is the executive producer of This Week, and George Stephanopoulos is the anchor. The program airs Sundays on the ABC Television Network.
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