20/20 - 1 Hour
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The ABC News primetime news magazine “20/20” has distinguished itself as one of the most esteemed programs in broadcast journalism. Celebrating its 34th anniversary in June 2013, “20/20” continues to combine hard-hitting investigative reports, newsmaker interviews and compelling human interest and feature stories. Anchored by award-winning journalists Elizabeth Vargas and David Muir, “20/20” has offered viewers reports and stories that have changed lives.
Featured contributors to the program include ABC News correspondents Jim Avila, Juju Chang, Bill Ritter, John Quinones, Jay Schadler, Deborah Roberts and Brian Ross, as well as contributing correspondent Chris Connelly. Barbara Walters, Diane Sawyer and Cynthia McFadden also anchor reports.
Amid the heated, competitive environment of primetime entertainment, “20/20” has demonstrated its ability to consistently attract a significant segment of the viewing audience by offering viewers more choices and more chances to learn about the world around them.
Honored by numerous organizations and societies, “20/20” has received more than 300 awards to date. Included in this list are several dozen Emmy Awards, two Alfred I. duPont Awards, 18 National Headliner Awards, eight awards from the American Women in Radio and Television, four Clarion Awards, four CINE Golden Eagle Awards, a Gabriel Award with a Certificate of Merit, four George Foster Peabody Awards, an Amnesty International Media Spotlight Award, an RFK Journalism Award, a Front Page Award from the Newswomen’s Club of New York, Inc., an award for Best National News Broadcast on a Psychiatric Subject from the Southern California Psychiatric Society, the Aviation and Space Writers Association Award of Excellence, and the Howard Blakeslee Award of the American Heart Association, among others.
“20/20” premiered Tuesday, June 6, 1978, at 10:00 p.m., ET, with co-anchors Harold Hayes and Robert Hughes. A week later, on June 13, Hugh Downs was named the sole host of the show. In September, 1984, Barbara Walters was formally named co-host. Hugh Downs retired in 1999. John Miller and John Stossel have also been co-anchors.
“20/20” began its first regularly scheduled season in the Thursday, 10:00-11:00 p.m., ET, time slot on May 31, 1979, and moved to Friday nights on September 18, 1987.