Question: What's green at the anchor desk, but deep in the field?
Answer: "World News Now," the overnight news service, which ABC News premiered early yesterday morning.
The program, which airs from 3:30 a.m. to 5:30 a.m. daily on WJZ-TV (Channel 13), is clearly superior to the on-the-cheap overnight news services offered by CBS and NBC. But, if you have cable, it is not yet enough to leave CNN or even CNN Headline News for.
Like the overnight newscasts on CBS and NBC, "World News Now" is in part an attempt to keep network affiliates from establishing additional ties with CNN, the all-news cable channel. WFAA-TV (Channel 8), the ABC affiliate in Dallas and Fort Worth, for example, carried CNN Headline News nightly from 4 a.m. to 6 a.m. in return for letting CNN air its news reports on stories in the Southwest. During some major news events, WFAA-TV carried CNN instead of ABC News coverage.