Superpowers are usually associated with action superheroes like Superman or Batman. And right now, from movies like “Captain America” to weekly fan conventions across the country, superheroes are bigger than ever. ABC invites viewers to meet some real people with superpowers that they’ve developed by dedicating their lives to the basic human urge to overcome limitations, to soar by unlocking abilities hidden deep within. “A Special Edition of 20/20: Super Powers, Super Humans” airs Friday, July 22 at 9:00 pm ET on the ABC Television Network.
Amazing Artist: He didn’t speak until he was 5 years old, but that didn’t keep Stephen Wiltshire from developing a unique ability to communicate – through drawing. He has a super human ability to look at a huge landscape like London or Tokyo only once and then recreate it on paper down to the last detail — from memory alone. “20/20″ viewers will watch as Stephen draws the New York City landscape completely from memory, and a London skyline in three hours. Nick Watt reports.
Girl Wonder: Jackie Evancho is the Little Girl with the Big Voice: At just 11 years old, Jackie Evancho’s spellbinding voice has taken the Opera world by storm. A YouTube sensation, Jackie captured the nation’s heart when she took second place on the 2010 season of “America’s Got Talent” and became the best-selling debut artist of 2010 with her first EP. Dr. Clark Rosen, director of the University of Pittsburgh Voice Center, says Jackie is “incredibly rare… her brain has the ability to use every facet of her body, her vocal chords, her lungs, her tongue, in a unique fashion.” Her fans agree. Her latest release, “Dream with Me,” contended for the top spot on the charts. Elizabeth Vargas reports.
Wing Walker: Ashley Battles is one of the world’s few professional wing walkers, who last year broke the world record for longest duration wing walking when she flew over the Golden Gate Bridge for more than four hours at 1000 feet, battling hurricane force winds, extreme cold and birds that could kill her on impact. She reveals the secrets of standing on top of a plane, even upside down, to Jay Schadler.
Birdman: Ever since Jeb Corliss was a young boy, he dreamt of being able to fly like a bird. Now, wearing a wing suit, Corliss does exactly that, jumping from tall buildings. Always pushing the limits, Corliss is now training for his next superhuman feat and his most death defying maneuver yet: he will attempt to fly through a small hole in a mountain in china… the human version of threading the needle — and our cameras capture him from all angles as he trains in Zurich. Jay Schadler reports.
Superhuman Mountain Climber: A catastrophic skiing accident left Chris Waddell a paraplegic – but also triggered something strange inside his broken body, turning him into a virtual man-of-steel. After the accident, Waddell didn’t even miss one ski season on his way to becoming a hall-of-fame paralympic skier and wheel-chair athlete. He even made People magazine’s list of The 50 Most Beautiful People. But the medals and accolades sought by mere mortals weren’t enough of a challenge for Waddell; at 33 he gave up competitive athletics in search of a bigger challenge, and found it in his quest to become the first parapalegic to ever conquer the highest mountain in Africa – Mount Kilimanjaro – without the use of his legs. Deborah Roberts reports.
“20/20″ is anchored by Elizabeth Vargas and Chris Cuomo. David Sloan is executive producer.
Barbara Walters will sit down with Casey Anthony’s lead lawyer Jose Baez in his first network interview since the jury acquitted his client of murder, manslaughter and child endangerment charges yesterday in Orlando, Florida. In a wide-ranging interview, Walters will ask Baez about his courtroom strategy, his client’s demeanor, the reasons he thinks she was found not guilty, how he was ceaselessly second-guessed by trial watchers and the media during the six weeks of testimony, and his newfound fame, among other topics.
Portions of the interview will air tonight on “World News with Diane Sawyer” (6:30 – 7:00 pm ET/PT), “Casey Anthony: Not Guilty” a “Primetime Nightline” Special (10:00 – 11:00 pm ET/PT) and again tomorrow, Thursday, July 7 on “Good Morning America” (7:00 – 9:00 am ET/PT) and “The View” (11:00 am – 12:00 pm ET/PT).
Interview excerpts will also air across ABC News’ platforms, including ABC News Radio, ABC News NOW, ABCNEWS.com, and ABC NewsOne.
ABC News Chief Investigative Correspondent Brian Ross and the ABC News Investigative Team have been awarded the 2011 National Edward R. Murrow Award for Video Continuing Coverage for their exclusive investigation that revealed how Toyota had for years ignored complaints from hundreds of its owners about cars suddenly accelerating out of control. The reports aired first on “ABC World News with Diane Sawyer,” “Good Morning America” and “Nightline.”
The ground-breaking ABC News reports exposed the automaker’s slow reaction over the years to serious safety problems and helped prompt the company to acknowledge defects, shut down sales and manufacturing, recall almost nine million cars and apologize to its customers.
In addition, several ABC News affiliates were honored in both the Large Market and Small Market categories. In the Large Market television category, KMGH-TV in Denver was recognized for Video Continuing Coverage for its “Fatal Errors: Death at the State Hospital” reports, and WFAA-TV in Dallas was honored with the award for Video Reporting: Hard News for its “Fallen Heroes” reporting and for Video Investigative Reporting for its “Bitter Lessons” report. In the Small Market television category, WMTW-TV in Auburn, Maine was honored for Video Newscast for its local 6:00 p.m. newscast “News 8 at Six.”
ABC News’ 13-week primetime summer series, “Nightline Prime,” premieres WEDNESDAY, JUNE 22, with a five-part investigation into the realm of the extra-sensory, the spiritual and the experiences many call “beyond belief.”
“Sometimes the most interesting trips are the ones that take you places you never thought you’d go. These are mysteries in the most profound sense,” says “Nightline” executive producer Jeanmarie Condon. “Stories that defy proof and perception are the ultimate adventure – and perfect for summer – to kick off our 13 specials.”
The five installments of “Beyond Belief” begin airing Wednesday, June 22 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) and continue on the four subsequent Wednesdays (through July 20):
Wednesday, June 22: Juju Chang investigates “Twintuition,” the special connection between twins that allows some siblings to share a language, know what the other is thinking, or share physical sensations across distances. If twins can communicate on a level that defies spacial and time constraints, what does that mean for the rest of us?
Wednesday, June 29: “Nightline” co-anchor Bill Weir journeys from Nazareth and Rwanda to Spain, Bosnia and across the U.S. to explore “The Miracle Mysteries.” These destinations have become pilgrimage sites for people who believe profoundly that the Virgin Mary has appeared to and communicated with ordinary people.
Wednesday, July 6: “Nightline” co-anchor Terry Moran takes a closer look at the “Battle with the Devil,” a resurgent belief that satanic will or demon possession causes acts of evil. Can a real-life killer get away with the “demon defense” for murder?
Wednesday, July 13: Juju Chang and others unravel the power of the 21st century psychic. “Psychic Power” features a medium to the stars, psychic addicts who can’t make a decision without consulting a clairvoyant, and people who believe their pets are psychic.
Wednesday, July 20: Bob Woodruff unlocks the mysteries of what he remembers in the terrible minutes after his vehicle hit an improvised explosive device and he saw his body floating below in a kind of whiteness. He speaks with others who report the same type of out-of-body experience and with theologians, preachers, neurologists, psychologists and anthropologists for “The Other Side.”
“Nightline’s” summer series builds on the success of a four-part exploration of the mystery and the science of the brain that aired in primetime last year. ABC News’ “Nightline” is anchored by Cynthia McFadden, Terry Moran and Bill Weir. John Donvan and Juju Chang are correspondents. Jeanmarie Condon is the Executive Producer. The program airs weeknights at 11:35 p.m., ET on ABC.
The phenomenon of reality television… We are amazed by its allure and longevity. As viewers, we cringe with embarrassment as people stumble through their lives in public… but we don’t look away. Why do so many tune in? And why do some reality shows thrive on their stars’ sometimes toxic behavior? “Reality Rule$: When TV Gets Real,” a special edition of “20/20″ anchored by Deborah Roberts, airs Wednesday, June 8 at 8:00pm ET on ABC. Reports include:
The New Reality: In 1998 there were zero hours of reality TV in network primetime. Today there are as many as 15 network hours a week, with dozens more on cable, all hitting top ratings week after week. What are the rules guiding this new reality world, and how did the success of reality on cable TV affect the change at the network level? Chris Connelly introduces viewers to four of the creators of today’s top shows: Sally Ann Salsano (“The Jersey Shore”), Andy Cohen (“The Real Housewives” franchise), JD Roth (“Biggest Loser” and the new ABC show, “Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition”) and Michael Hirschorn (“Celebrity Rehab”). “20/20″ also gets unprecedented access to the control room of “The Jersey Shore,” now on location in Florence, Italy.
The Real Housewives Phenomenon: Bravo’s “The Real Housewives” franchise has become a breakout hit and pop culture guilty pleasure. Deborah Roberts takes a look at this reality phenomenon and examines why things often turn so nasty. “20/20″ speaks to Bravo VP Andy Cohen, Kyle Richards of the Beverley Hills show and Caroline Manzo of the New Jersey show.
Big Breaks – Big Bucks: From Bethenny Frankel’s “Skinny Girl” margarita to Kim Kardashian’s perfume to Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino protein-infused vodka to Nicole “Snooki” Pollizzi’s novel, Chris Connelly reports on how some reality stars are using their 15-minutes-or-more in the spotlight to set up earning opportunities apart from their shows.
From C List to A List: How did a rock superstar from the ’80s become a reality TV superstar, capturing the country’s imagination and turning himself into a brand? Bret Michaels tells “Reality Rule$”: “Nothing has ever come easy. I’m a junkyard dog that has been kicked a bunch of times. And so it’s kept me with a bit of an edge. I’ve got this fire in my gut and this passion. And my whole life is about fighting to, to make that passion somehow — try to make it succeed.” Chris Connelly reports.
Real Talent: As Deborah Roberts reports, from runway divas to cake bosses, some reality shows do require talent to win, and then succeed. “20/20″ profiles “Project Runway’s” Christian Siriano and Buddy Valastro, star of the hit TLC show “Cake Boss.”
I Want to be a Reality Star: How does one become the next big reality star? The reality star’s fate is in the hands of the casting director. Deborah Roberts gets an exclusive behind-the-scenes peak at a casting call in LA for a new reality series.
Disney/ABC Television Group (DATG) has signed a multi-year, multi-platform agreement with Katie Couric, award-winning journalist, best-selling author and popular TV personality, to host and produce her own nationally syndicated talk show and to join the ABC News team, it was announced today by Anne Sweeney, president, Disney/ABC Television Group and co-chair, Disney Media Networks. The program will be distributed by Disney/ABC Domestic Television and will premiere in September 2012.
Couric, the former “Today” co-anchor who was most recently anchor and managing editor of the “CBS Evening News with Katie Couric,” a “60 Minutes” correspondent and host of the weekly online interview series, @katiecouric, will be reunited with Jeff Zucker, who will be an executive producer with Couric on the yet-to-be-named syndicated series, which will be based in New York and produced in conjunction with Disney/ABC.
In addition to hosting the new syndicated program, Couric will join the ABC News team, contributing to all programs and platforms. Beginning this summer, Couric, winner of the distinguished duPont, Murrow and Cronkite Awards and numerous Emmys, will anchor specials, contribute interviews, participate in special events coverage and bring her many talents to bear on some of the most important and interesting stories of the day.
In making the announcement, Ms. Sweeney stated: “Katie Couric is one of television’s iconic figures and we are thrilled to have forged such an exciting partnership with her. We look forward to having Katie join the best News team in the business, and to working with her to create a dynamic and successful talk show franchise.”
Ms. Couric added: “I’m very happy to be returning to the network where I began my career as a desk assistant in 1979. It is tremendously exciting to have the creative freedom to develop my own show with Anne Sweeney, the Disney/ABC TV Group and Jeff, and to contribute to such a vibrant, innovative news division. I can’t wait to be part of this incredibly talented, visionary team.”
“It was a blast working with Katie at ‘Today’ and I’m excited to do it again,” said Zucker. “And besides, it should be more fun spending time with Katie at 3 or 4 in the afternoon than at 3 or 4 in the morning.”
The eight ABC Owned stations in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Houston, Raleigh/Durham and Fresno, which represent nearly 23% of the nation’s TV households, have already cleared the new show in the 3:00 p.m. time slot. As part of the announcement, the network is set to return the last hour of its Daytime network block to affiliates no earlier than September 2012, but continues to support “General Hospital,” and the plans to launch “The Chew” in September of this year and “The Revolution” in January 2012.
Katie Couric is an award-winning journalist, veteran TV personality and New York Times best-selling author. Prior to joining the Disney/ABC Television Group, she was anchor and managing editor of the “CBS Evening News with Katie Couric,” a “60 Minutes” correspondent, a “CBS Sunday Morning” contributor and anchor of CBS News primetime specials. When the “CBS Evening News with Katie Couric” debuted on September 5, 2006, Couric became the first female solo anchor of a weekday network evening news broadcast. She also writes a monthly column for Glamour magazine, which features an interview with a dynamic female role model every month, and is active on Twitter, @katiecouric.
ABC News today launched the ABC Video Bookstore App for iPad, available free on the App Store. The free app will turn the page on a new generation of storytelling, creating an interactive experience for users that enables them to delve deeper into the most compelling stories of our time.
The ABC Video Bookstore debuts with two titles, A MODERN FAIRY TALE: William, Kate and Three Generations of Royal Love by Jane Green and THE AMANDA KNOX STORY: A Murder in Perugia by ABC News. Both will be available for $7.99 through the app and wherever eBooks are sold, or as a $5.99 text and photo-based version for e-readers that don’t support video. Additional titles will be released throughout the year.
Each title in the ABC Video Bookstore App will draw on ABC News’ vast video archive and digital expertise to create an entirely new user experience, with stories updated in-depth as they continue to develop and interactive maps and timelines. Sister-company Hyperion will engage its distinguished list of best-selling authors to help create this new generation of stories. The eBook market has grown dramatically in the last year, with publishers expecting digital sales to jump 50% or more in 2011.
“The ABC Video Bookstore App enables ABC News to extend storytelling and our content in a whole new way,” said ABC News President Ben Sherwood. “Working with our colleagues at Hyperion, we are uniquely positioned to give readers access to history in a vibrant eBook form – from political campaigns and human drama to the triumphs and tragedies that grip the world.”
“With the combined resources of Disney/ABC Television properties, we are able to create innovative and entertaining eBooks that combines vivid writing and exciting video in a compelling package for consumers. Rare video and photography bring extraordinary dimension to the words on each page. This venture with ABC News is a tremendous opportunity to take the most valuable assets at our company to build a product that truly offers a new way to experience historic events like the Royal Wedding,” said Ellen Archer, President and Publisher of Hyperion.
The titles in the ABC Video Bookstore are being powered by the technology and functionality of Vook, a leading publisher of enhanced eBooks. Vook has been on the cutting edge of efforts to mesh text, video and interactivity to create a unique user experience.
Available just prior to the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton at Westminster Abbey, A MODERN FAIRY TALE: William, Kate, and Three Generations of Royal Love is enhanced with 20 top-quality videos and 50 photographs of the young couple and from past Royal Weddings from the ABC News Archives and an original video foreword by Barbara Walters. In addition, it will be updated with moments from Prince William’s and Kate’s wedding day. The text and archival video and photography work together to create a unique 360-degree storytelling experience.
THE AMANDA KNOX STORY: A Murder in Perugia takes readers inside the fascinating case of an American student accused of killing her roommate in Italy. The video book is packed with rarely seen video, photos and documents, including Amanda’s hand-written prison diary, and a video foreword from Elizabeth Vargas. The Amanda Knox case is currently on appeal, and this eBook will be updated with new information as the case moves forward.
The launch of enhanced eBooks is the latest example of innovation from the Disney/ABC Television Group. DATG was the first to bring full episode video to the iTunes store. Last April, in conjunction with the debut of Apple’s iPad, DATG delivered ad-supported video to iPad via the acclaimed ABC Player App. The app has proven to be a tremendous success, with over 1.9 million downloads and more than 26 million episodes. Last year DATG created an ABC News App for iPad that has been downloaded more than 840,000 times to date. In the first two months of 2011, DATG continues to bring new innovative offerings to consumers with the launch of the Grey’s Anatomy Media Sync App for iPad, and most recently the critically-acclaimed Oscar Backstage Pass App, which offered a “second-screen” companion viewing experience for fans while they watched the 83rd Academy Awards on ABC.
With her own hit television show and starring roles in popular movies, gold records and an international concert tour, Demi Lovato appeared to have it all. But during her tour last fall, the 18-year-old star slowly began to unravel and, after a family intervention, checked into treatment. Now Demi sits down for her first television interview since spending three months in treatment. She speaks candidly to ABC News Anchor Robin Roberts about her struggles with cutting and food addictions, and, for the first time, talks about the depression that has plagued her since childhood — and how she’s learning to find her smile again.
A portion of Robin Robert’s exclusive interview will air Friday, April 22 on “Good Morning America” (7:00-9:00 a.m., ET) and the full interview will air that night on “20/20″ (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.
This spring a modern day fairytale unfolds as Prince William and Catherine Middleton exchange wedding vows after nearly a decade of courtship. ABC News will take viewers inside the Royal nuptials with nearly 20 hours of original programming on the ABC Television Network, as well as comprehensive coverage across all platforms, including ABCNews.com and ABC News Radio. Throughout its coverage the News division will work closely with its longstanding international partner, the BBC, the principal public service broadcaster in the United Kingdom. In addition, ABC News will create a unique experience for its youngest viewers through partnerships with the Disney Channel and DisneyFamily.com.
As the couple walk down the aisle on Friday, April 29, Diane Sawyer and Barbara Walters will anchor special live coverage from Buckingham Palace from 4:00 a.m. to 10 a.m., ET followed by a live West Coast edition of “Good Morning America.” “Good Morning America” co-anchor Robin Roberts will be live from Westminster Abbey. They will be joined in London by a team of ABC News anchors and correspondents including: “ABC World News” weekend anchor David Muir, who will bring American viewers into the broadcast as he captures real time reactions to the wedding on Twitter and Facebook; “20/20″ co-anchor Chris Cuomo; “Nightline” co-anchor Cynthia McFadden; “GMA Weekend” co-anchor Bianna Golodryga; ABC News London-based correspondent Nick Watt; and ABC News Special Royal Correspondent Katie Nicholl, columnist for The Daily Mail and author of The Making of a Royal Romance: William, Kate and Harry – A Look Behind the Palace Walls, the definitive biography of Prince William and Prince Harry.
Contributors to the broadcast will include: Tina Brown, author of The Diana Chronicles and Editor-in-Chief of Newsweek and The Daily Beast; Royal insider Colleen Harris, who served as Press Secretary to Princes Charles, William and Harry from 1998 to 2003; one of Princess Diana’s Bridesmaids, India Hicks; Royal historian Robert Lacey; and Royal editor for the Sun Newspaper, Duncan Larcombe.
ABC News will live-stream full coverage of the Royal Wedding on April 29, delivering news content to viewers in more places than ever before. Consumers will be able to access ABC’s live coverage anchored by Diane Sawyer and Barbara Walters on ABCNews.com, ABC News app for iPad and iPhone, Hulu, Yahoo! and on Facebook.
ABC News will kick off its coverage on Monday, April 18 at 10:00 p.m., ET with a “Special Edition of 20/20: William & Catherine: A Modern Fairytale,” anchored by Barbara Walters. Throughout the week leading up to the wedding “Good Morning America,” “World News with Diane Sawyer,” “Nightline” and “20/20″ will all broadcast from London.
Special Editions of “20/20″
On the eve of the wedding, “20/20″ will give viewers a behind-the-scenes look at the life that awaits Catherine after she walks down the aisle. This special hour will air Thursday, April 28 at 8:00 p.m., ET and will be anchored by Chris Cuomo in London and Elizabeth Vargas in New York.
In addition to Barbara Walters’ “Special Edition of 20/20: William & Catherine: A Modern Fairytale” airing on Monday, April 18, Walters will anchor a special two-hour edition of “20/20″ on Friday,
April 29 from 9:00-11:00 p.m., ET, bringing viewers a look back at the wedding watched by the world.
“Good Morning America”
Robin Roberts will co-anchor “Good Morning America” live from London throughout the week of April 25. On Monday Roberts will broadcast from Jubilee Gardens. Beginning Tuesday, she will be joined by Barbara Walters when “GMA” originates from Kensington Palace, William’s childhood home. On Wednesday the show will originate from Buckingham Palace and on Thursday from Westminster Abbey.
“ABC World News with Diane Sawyer”
Diane Sawyer will anchor the broadcast live from London on Wednesday, April 27 through Friday, April 29.
Beginning Monday, April 25, Cynthia McFadden will co-anchor the No. 1 show in late-night from London. McFadden will anchor “Nightline” from Westminster Abby on Thursday, April 28 and Friday, April 29. On Thursday, just hours before the wedding, “Nightline” will air a live edition of the broadcast for the West Coast. Throughout the week fashion guru Tim Gunn will contribute to the program.
Bianna Golodryga co-anchors the Saturday edition of “GMA Weekend” from London with the latest news on the morning after the wedding.
“This Week with Christiane Amanpour”
On Sunday, April 24, Christiane Amanpour will have a preview of the wedding and all of the history and tradition that surrounds such an affair.
ABC News Digital
Leading up to the wedding, viewers can stay with ABC News Digital as every detail is unveiled. On ABCNews.com get all the details and latest news in ABC’s special section at www.abcnews.com/royalwedding. The section includes up-to-the minute information and insider details on our Royal Diary blog, a fully interactive Family Tree of the Royal Family, a Guestbook for visitors to leave their well wishes for William and Catherine, and a library of video content featuring both historical and current moments throughout the history of the Royal family.
ABC News and Yahoo! have joined forces to create a program exclusive to digital platforms. Straight from London, Wedding Royale is a must-see weekly digital show with the latest news about Prince William, Kate Middleton and their big day. Hosted by Nick Watt, Wedding Royale is an informative yet witty take on the future King and Queen of England – delivered with a twist.
Follow the coverage on Facebook and Twitter: Follow ABC News’ twitter feed @ABCROYALS for the latest details leading up to the big day and catch live tweeting of the event on the @ABC, @ABCROYALS twitter accounts. Plus, “Like” ABC News on Facebook at Facebook.com/abcnews to watch live streaming coverage on April 29th. Connect with ABC News’ latest coverage on mobile: Both the ABC News app for iPad and ABC News app for iPhone feature special sections with the latest Royal coverage & will live stream the event the day of the wedding.
Enhanced ABC News Video eBook
A Modern Fairy Tale: William and Kate and Three Generations of Royal Love is an original enhanced eBook that tells the story of how Prince William and Kate Middleton grew up, fell in love and became engaged. With text by bestselling author Jane Green, video culled from the ABC archives and dozens of photographs, this 360-degree storytelling experience provides background on the modern young prince, his captivating fiancŽe and their upcoming wedding at Westminster Abbey. A Modern Fairy Tale delves into the history of William’s parents, Prince Charles and Princess Diana, and his grandparents, Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip; their love stories; and the details and impact of their historic weddings. To be published on April 11, 2011, this special Hyperion/ABC Video Book is available on the top retailer platforms and includes an original video Foreword by Barbara Walters, featuring Walters’ recollections of covering the Royal Wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana.
ABC News Radio
ABC News Radio will have extensive coverage of the Royal Wedding, providing live anchored coverage of the day’s events beginning at 5:00 a.m., ET. The live coverage will be anchored by ABC News Radio Correspondents Aaron Katersky and Cheri Preston from outside Buckingham Palace. ABC News Radio Correspondents Tom Rivers and Linda Albin will contribute from Westminster Abbey and London, respectively. A number of special guests and Royal experts will also contribute to the coverage. ABC News Radio will offer one-minute status reports throughout the day of the Royal Wedding to the 2,400 affiliate stations that broadcast ABC News’ coverage across the globe.
ABC News One
Starting the week of April 4, ABC News’ affiliate news service will provide special weekly features on the wedding to all ABC stations and to all ABC clients and partners, including the BBC, Bloomberg, NHK Japan, CTV Canada and Univision. NewsOne Correspondent Diana Alvear will be reporting from London beginning Monday, April 25.
In recognition of the increased interest in all things Royal, Disney Channel will present “A Modern Fairytale: The Royal Wedding Week,” a short-form series for kids, tweens and families, Monday-Friday, April 25-29. Hosted by ABC News’ Juju Chang, the series will tell the story of the Royal couple. Disney Channel will present a week-long primetime programming event that includes telecasts of prince and princess-themed movies, including “Enchanted” and “Cinderella,” every night (check local listings).
DisneyFamily.com has launched a month-long online celebration titled “Happily Ever After.” The website features tips from Disney’s expert princess-makers on how to have a fairytale wedding or vow renewal celebration; a showcase of Disney Princess-inspired wedding gowns; ideas for mom and daughter Royal Wedding viewing parties; and fun tips for moms to feel like a princess every day!
ABC News will provide viewers comprehensive coverage of the earthquake in Japan, the fifth largest earthquake in recorded history, and the aftermath of the tsunami that wiped out entire communities in Japan and reached the shores of the Hawaiian Islands.
“This Week” anchor Christiane Amanpour, “World News” weekend anchor David Muir and ABC’s Clarissa Ward are en route to Japan to report on the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami. “Nightline” co-anchor Bill Weir is currently reporting from Santa Monica, California, and Akiko Fujita, ABC News’ Tokyo-based digital journalist, has been reporting from Japan.
Tonight, Diane Sawyer will anchor a special edition of “World News” from ABC News Headquarters. “Disaster in the Pacific” coverage will continue on “20/20,” with Elizabeth Vargas and Chris Cuomo anchoring a special hour of coverage, including the most up-to-date news of the day. Bob Woodruff, Jay Schadler and John Berman will contribute reports.
A special edition of “Nightline” will be devoted to the earthquake and tsunami. Bill Weir anchors the broadcast from Santa Monica, CA and will bring viewers eyewitness accounts from Japan, as well as the latest on the tsunami warning that had been issued for the west coast.
ABC News will have continuing coverage from Japan throughout the weekend. Christiane Amanpour will anchor a live special edition of “This Week” from there with all the latest developments. David Muir will anchor “World News with David Muir” from Japan throughout the weekend and will contribute reporting to “GMA Weekend.”
ABCNews.com is providing up to the minute coverage from ABC News’ team of reporters, as well as live-streaming video from Japan and Diamond Head, Hawaii. Online users can get the latest information coming via social media sites Twitter and Facebook through special widgets on the ABCNews.com homepage.
ABC News is also working closely with its international partner, NHK Japan, to bring viewers the latest on the magnitude 8.9 earthquake that has left several hundred dead and caused the 23-foot tsunami. ABC NewsOne, the network’s affiliate news service, will provide reports for ABC stations as well as to all ABC clients and partners, including the BBC, Bloomberg, CTV Canada and Univision.
ABC News Radio is providing one-minute status reports twice an hour on the “Disaster in the Pacific.” From 7:45 a.m. through 9:00 a.m., ET, ABC News Radio provided live anchored coverage of the earthquake and tsunami. ABC News Radio correspondent Alex Stone will be traveling to Japan.