Right This Minute
  • Viral video
  • News magazine
Created byMagicDust Television
Presented by
  • Christian Vera
  • Gayle Bass
  • Nick Calderone
  • Oli Pettigrew
  • Charity Bailey
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons11
Executive producers
  • Lisa Hudson
  • Dennis O'Neill
Running time30 minutes
Production companies
Original release
NetworkFirst-run syndication
ReleaseSeptember 12, 2011 (2011-09-12) –
April 29, 2022 (2022-04-29)

Right This Minute (alternatively abbreviated as RTM) was an American syndicated television program which debuted on September 12, 2011. Produced by MagicDust Television in conjunction with television station groups Cox Media Group, Gray Television, and the E. W. Scripps Company, it was a daily half-hour program which featured both serious and offbeat viral videos plus interviews and stories behind the videos. It was presented by a team of hosts. The show ended its 11-year run on April 29, 2022 with reruns ("remixes" as some of the hosts of the show have described them) continuing to be broadcast in syndication until September 2, 2022 after it was not renewed for another season.


The program showcased a broad mix of viral videos trending online, interviews with content creators as well as caught-on-tape footage of stories in the news; the videos and interviews were introduced by five hosts–Charity Bailey, Gayle Bass, Nick Calderone, Oli Pettigrew, and Christian Vera. Steven Fabian left the show to work for the syndicated newsmagazine Inside Edition. On July 27, 2015, Beth Troutman left the show for WCNC-TV in Charlotte, North Carolina to anchor its weeknight 6 and 11pm newscasts.

Videos shown on Right This Minute included dashcam and security camera footage of criminal acts and police pursuits; freak accidents; people and animals displaying interesting talents; rescue footage; epic fails (such as extreme sports mishaps, and other various stunts which go wrong); humorous or dangerous stunts; practical jokes; parodies; and original user-created content culled from various user-submitted video websites (such as YouTube, LiveLeak, Break.com and eBaum's World) and sent directly to the program's website and mobile app. The program also features one or more interviews with those involved in a particular video in each episode.[1] Some episodes included staff member Jessica Hord doing a craft project or preparing a recipe after which the finished food was tasted by some of the hosts.

In a break from the usual format, after airing an Instagram video of magician John Stessel, he appeared live on the Right This Minute set and performed magic for the hosts.[2]

Episodes initially were one hour long, but as a result of a revamp of the series' format in 2012, it began producing two half-hour episodes daily, as well as two half-hour "best of" editions on weekends featuring segments shown during the weekday broadcasts. Some stations carrying the program chose to air both daily half-hour episodes as a one-hour block, while others chose to air only one of the episodes or split them into more than one time slot.

Production and distribution

Right This Minute was syndicated to stations across the country. Originally, it aired only on stations owned by originating partners Cox Media Group, Raycom Media (itself acquired by Gray Television at the start of 2019; the on-air credit was changed to Gray Media Group), and the E. W. Scripps Company. In 2013, MagicDust Television and the Raycom-Scripps-Cox consortium partnered with MGM Television to distribute the program to stations owned by other broadcasting companies.

In April 2014, Fox Television Stations picked up RTM for broadcast on Fox's owned-and-operated stations in ten markets.[3] Through additional station distribution deals, the show's national clearances grew to approximately 91% of U.S. television markets as a Monday through Friday strip or run.[4] Rebroadcasts of the show aired on HLN, a cable channel, from February to September 2014. During its first season, Right This Minute was produced at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. The program moved its production and operations to the Ahwatukee neighborhood of Phoenix.[1][5] The series was temporarily hosted from the homes of its hosts via videotelephony due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with off-air production and direction being done remotely.

On January 19, 2016, it was announced that Disney–ABC Home Entertainment and Television Distribution would take over the distribution of Right This Minute for the 2016–17 television season. As result of the change of distributor, the eight ABC O&O stations picked up the program beginning in the fall of 2016, replacing FABLife, a show which lasted one season.[6][7][8][9] Hamilton, Ontario's CHCH picked up the program to air throughout Canada from September 12, 2016 to September 7, 2018.

According to Nick Calderon on the show's Facebook page,[10] the show was not renewed for another season in 2022 thus ending its 11-year run on television. Since May, only reruns or "remixes" (shows with old video content mixed in) were shown on commercial TV stations until the final rerun aired on September 2, 2022 before going off the air for good.


  1. ^ a b Kevin Downey (January 29, 2014). "Time Looks Right For 'Right This Minute'". TVNewsCheck. NewsCheck Media. Retrieved June 5, 2015.
  2. ^ "Celebrity Magician John Stessel Joins RTM And Leaves Us Stunned". March 14, 2019. Retrieved April 2, 2021 – via www.rightthisminute.com.
  3. ^ Kevin Downey (April 3, 2014). "'Right This Minute' Gets Fox Stations Pickup". TVNewsCheck. NewsCheck Media.
  4. ^ Price Colman (February 4, 2015). "Raycom: Succeeding By Evolving, Innovating". TVNewsCheck. NewsCheck Media. Retrieved June 5, 2015.
  5. ^ Kevin Downey (February 29, 2012). "'Right This Minute' Hopes Its Time Has Come". TVNewsCheck. NewsCheck Media.
  6. ^ Elizabeth Wagmeister (January 19, 2016). "'FABLife' Officially Canceled Following Tyra Banks' Departure, Disney/ABC Picks Up 'Right This Minute'". Variety. Retrieved January 20, 2016.
  7. ^ "'Right This Minute' Going National In Fall". TVNewsCheck. NewsCheck Media. January 19, 2016. Retrieved January 20, 2016.
  8. ^ Errol Lewis (January 19, 2016). "'RightThisMinute' to Replace 'FABLife' on ABC Owned Stations Beginning Fall 2016". Soap Opera Network. Manti, Inc. Retrieved January 20, 2016.
  9. ^ "Disney/ABC Takes Over Distribution Of 'RightThisMinute', Clears It On ABC Stations". Deadline. January 19, 2016. Retrieved January 20, 2016.
  10. ^ RightThisMinute - Get 'FIT' With RTM And Ritual FIT's Epic Giveaway | Facebook, retrieved May 24, 2022