ABC News Live
Broadcast areaWorldwide
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
ParentABC News
LaunchedABC News Now
July 26, 2004; 19 years ago (2004-07-26)
ABC News Live
March 2018; 5 years ago (2018-03)
ClosedABC News Now
April 27, 2009; 14 years ago (2009-04-27)
(4 years, 275 days)

ABC News Live (a.k.a. ABCNL) is an American streaming video news channel for breaking news, live events, newscasts, and longer-form reports and documentaries operated by ABC News since 2018. The channel is available through various streaming device apps such as Roku, Hulu, YouTube TV, Sling TV, Pluto TV, Xumo, FuboTV, Haystack News, Samsung TV Plus, and the news division's other streaming platforms. Centaur Communications provides the channel to Belize.[1]

Justin Dial is the senior executive director of ABC News Live.


As ABC News Now

After having attempted a 20-minute online news program three times a week hosted by Sam Donaldson in 1999, ABC News launched a forerunner of ABC News Now (ABCNN)[2] in March 2003. The service was fee based except for the customers of America Online, Comcast, and a few other Internet providers. Later, mobile phone users could access the programming through Sprint's MobiTV.[3] The ABCNN service launched on July 24, 2004, with extended coverage of the Democratic National Convention and Republican National Convention. It was offered via digital television, broadband and streaming video at[4] and on mobile phones. It delivered breaking news, headline news each half hour, and a wide range of entertainment and lifestyle programming.

On January 31, 2005, ABC News removed ABCNN from owned and operated and affiliated TV stations' subchannel as the channel ended its experimental phase originally expected to end after election day but extended past inauguration. The channel would continue on the internet and wireless devices. 20/20 senior broadcast producer Mike Clemente was then hired as executive producer to head up the channel as a part of an increasing capacity being developed for the channel to returns a permanent channel in the Spring.[5] The channel was relaunched as a digital terrestrial television network,[6] cable channel,[6] and broadband service in early April 2005.[7]

On November 5, 2007, Disney-ABC International Television announced plans to launch the channel in international territories, including Germany, Spain and Belgium in 2008 on IPTV service Zattoo, with more territories, including the United Kingdom, planned for the next 6 months.[8] This marked the second international channel launched under ABC branding, the first being the United Kingdom general entertainment channel ABC1 which closed on September 26, 2007.

On October 28, 2013, ABC News launched a new cable news channel, Fusion, as a joint venture with Univision[9] and contributing its ABC News Now operations. In 2021, Fusion ceased operations.

As ABC News Live

With news channels getting high ratings from the 2016 election and ABC News having exited its joint venture news channel,[10] ABCNL launched exclusive on Roku in March 2018[11] then added to Facebook Watch and ABC apps and websites. Also on October 26, 2018, the channel was added to Hulu with Live TV[12] followed by Hulu streaming on March 20, 2020.[13]

On April 21, 2020, ABCNL launched on YouTube TV and Amazon's news app on Fire TV.[14]

On January 23, 2020, ABC News announced an expansion of staffing for the streaming channel and changes in programming to add newscasts and long form reports and documentaries being roll out over a month's time. Justin Dial, formerly of Vice News Tonight, was hired as senior executive producer of ABCNL. Tom Llamas would anchor breaking news coverage at the time of the Iowa caucuses,(now at NBC News) while Linsey Davis would anchor two weekday one-hour evening newscasts.[15] ABC News planned as of March 2020 that ABCNL would air 18 hours of programming daily.[13]


Current Programming

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Former Programming

As ABC News Now

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  13. ^ a b Spangler, Todd (March 20, 2020). "Hulu Adds ABC News' Live-Streaming Channel for All Subscribers, Citing Coronavirus Crisis". Variety. Retrieved March 24, 2020.
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