In 1992 Aaron Brown and Lisa McRee anchored a relatively new type of newscast. It was titled ABC World News Now, designed to give the network news division an overnight presence to compete with CNN, which broadcasts 24 hours a day. In four blocks of 30-minute newscasts (later reduced to three blocks) viewers are given all the day’s news with the inevitable irreverence, wit and sarcasm. It features some reports that did not make World News Tonight, shortened Nightline and 20/20 reports, business news from the BBC and an overview of tomorrow’s papers. The theme music was composed by new-age artist Yanni. The choice for Yanni was not as surprising at it may seem. At the time another new-age artist, John Tesh — who was once part of Yanni’s band but most famous for his stint as anchor of Entertainment Tonight — composed theme music for a lot of NBC Sports programs such as NFL Live and NBA on NBC.
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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