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 emblem.
Network News Music is a website by Victor Vlam, who holds the Guinness World Record for the largest collection of news music. 1,876 hours, 2 minutes and 52 seconds. News music is rarely heard without voice-overs or fade outs to commercial, yet it leaves an impact on many people. Founded in 2002, this site is a museum for TV news themes past and present.
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Once PrimeTime revised its format, Diane Sawyer remained in New York, while Sam Donaldson returned to his home base in Washington (although they briefly shared the same studio once the live audience was dropped).