ABC News Now

For American Broadcasting Company's overnight news program, see World News Now. For the Australian news channel, see ABC News 24. For the radio service, see ABC News Now (radio network).
ABC News Now
Owner ABC News
(Disney-ABC Television Group)
Launch date
July 26, 2004 (2004-07-26)
Dissolved April 27, 2009 (2009-04-27)
Replaced by Live Well Network

ABC News Now was an American 24-hour news network offered via digital television, broadband and streaming video at and on mobile phones. It delivered breaking news, headline news each half-hour, and wide range of entertainment and lifestyle programs. The channel was available in the USA and in Europe. This station's "Talk Back" feature allowed viewers to voice their own input through the submission of videos and personal thoughts on controversial issues and current topics.


After having attempted a 20-minute online news program three times a week hosted by Sam Donaldson in the 1999, ABC News launched a forerunner of ABC News Now 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.[1] The ABC News Now service launched on July 24, 2004, with extended coverage of the Democratic National Convention and Republican National Convention. The station was carried by digital subchannels of 70 ABC-owned stations and affiliates. The service was also available online as a subscription-based outlet.[1]

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 UK planned for the next 6 months,[2] this marked the second international channel launched under ABC branding, the first being the UK general entertainment channel ABC1 which closed on September 26, 2007.

On April 27, 2009, ABC's owned-and-operated stations launched the Live Well Network, a lifestyle-oriented digital subchannel network, replacing ABC News Now.[3] On October 28, 2013, ABC News launched a new cable news channel, Fusion, as a joint venture with Univision.[4]

Former Programming

Breaking news

During international breaking news, BBC World News was simulcast before that network launched a full-time simulcast channel in the United States.


  1. 1 2 "ABC News banks on digital, despite small audiences today". USA Today. AP. September 4, 2004. Retrieved May 29, 2014.
  2. 1 2 3 Welsh, James (November 5, 2007). "ABC News Now to launch in the UK". Digital Spy. Retrieved January 16, 2013.
  3. Malone, Michael (April 27, 2009). "ABC O&Os Launch Digital Network". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved August 18, 2014.
  4. "Fusion Wants Young Latinos To Turn On Their TVs," from NPR's Weekend Edition, 10/26/2013
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