“Primetime Live” 1989 – 1998 Theme


This program was created by Roone Arledge and signed on for the first time in 1989. It was anchored by Diane Sawyer and Sam Donaldson in front of a live studio audience. Most elements of the show, such as interviews, were live with room for audience participation. The format, however, did not catch on, which is why it was revised within a year. They started focusing on hidden camera investigations, which during the 1990s became the trademark of the show. The theme is composed by Bill Conti, a composer famous for scoring the “Rocky” movies (as well as the themes to ABC’s Turning Point and Our World), and features the unmistakable ABC News signature.

Bill Conti - Primetime Live theme

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