- ABC 2000 Today
show_name = ABC 2000 Today
millenniumtelevision news special
runtime = 23 hours 10 minutes
Times Square Studios, Manhattan, New York(Primary)
network = ABC
December 31, 199904:50 EST
January 1, 200004:00 EST|
"ABC 2000 Today" was
ABC News's coverage of the turn of the millennium from December 31, 1999into January 1, 2000. Peter Jenningsanchored the 23 hours and 10 minutes of broadcast in Times Square Studiosin Manhattan, New York. ABC temporarily converted the Good Morning Americamarquee broadcast studio into a type of "millennium command center" that included a desk, where a standing Jennings spent most of his time, two lounge chairs, where Jennings would interview guests, a large screen with a time-zone included map of the world, a wall of clocks, and a make-shift newsroom where ABC News staffers would follow the latest developments.
Correspondents and Guests
Dick Clarkdid the countdown in Times Square, as always since his " Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve" shows first aired in 1972, and was credited as a correspondent. "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin Eve" was not aired as a result of the broadcast. Jack Ford was stationed in Times Squarethroughout the broadcast and did the countdown in Times Square with Clark. Other correspondents were Charles Gibsonin London, Diane Sawyerin New York, Barbara Waltersin Paris, and literally hundreds of others at ABC News, technicians and newsmen, who worked throughout the day to bring the broadcast. Those hundreds of others included ABC News personalities stationed around the world to cover the new year in every time zone, including Sam Donaldsonat the Y2K Command Center in Washington, Cokie Robertsat the Vatican, with her mother, the then U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican, along with Carole Simpsonin Chicago, Connie Chungin Las Vegas, Deborah Robertsat Walt Disney World, Morton Deanin Moscow, and Aaron Brown, who narrated many segments.
ABC had more than 1,000 news reporters, technicians, and other news department staff report the story.
Guests included famed Australian comedian
Dame Edna, David Blane, and comedian Al Franken. Musical performances included the Bee Gees, Neil Diamond, Faith Hill, Enrique Iglesias, Kenny G, Charlotte Church, Billy Joel, Bonnie Raitt, *NSYNC, James Taylor, Christina Aguilera(who performed at the MTVstudios across the street), Aerosmith, and Phish. Phish's appearance was live via satellite from their Big Cypress festival, performing their song " Heavy Things".
Originally, the name of the broadcast was "ABC 2000", but it was officially retitled as "ABC 2000 Today" because ABC joined 60 other nations, all celebrating the dawn of the new millennium. The network was part of the
2000 Todayconsortium that included PBS, the BBC, ABC in Australia, TV Asahiin Japan, GMA Networkin the Philippines, RTL in Germany, and the CBC in Canada.
This was by far the most comprehensive coverage of any of the broadcast networks.
CBShad hourly updates throughout the day with Dan Rather, a special 8pm edition of The Late Show with David Lettermanand from 11pm-1am, Will Smithhosted America's Millennium. Dan Ratherreported live from Times Squareduring those hours. While NBChad an extended edition of The Today Show, Dateline NBCat 8pm, Tom Brokawand Katie Couricanchored NBC's Millennium Coverage starting at 9pm and lasting until 3am and encompassing a special edition of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, who took part in the millennium celebrations in Los Angeles.
Peter Jennings stayed on the air for the entire duration without a break using only commercial breaks and correspondent pieces to rest, eat, or change suits. He changed his wardrobe four times, including wearing a tuxedo when the ball was dropping at Times Square, and a sweater at the end of the ABC 2000 Today broadcast.
At least 175 million Americans tuned into some portion of "ABC 2000 Today". The broadcast won a
Peabody Award. [http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9D02E3D91E3CF930A35757C0A9669C8B63]
The theme music for "ABC 2000 Today" (which was also used for
ABC News' election coverage that year) was from Epcot's live show. The music was composed by Gavin Greenaway, who won an Emmyaward for the work.
ABC News also used
Times Square Studiosfor ABC News's 2000 election coverage "ABC 2000: The Vote", with the studio set up very similar to the ABC 2000 Today studio set up, except the large screen was used to show the map of the United States with all the red and blue states.Fact|date=January 2008
"ABC 2000 Today" was succeeded by the three and a half hour special "ABC 2002" on
December 31, 2001, which was also hosted by Peter Jennings at the Rose Center for Earth and Spacein the American Museum of Natural History.
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* [http://users.pandora.be/netnewsmusic/abc2000.rm ABC 2000 Today Promo (from Network News Music)]
* [http://users.pandora.be/netnewsmusic/abc20002.rm ABC 2000 Today Theme (from Network News Music)]
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