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Eyewitness News is a name used by local television newscasts, widely used in different markets across the United Statesmarker. It is also the name of a very popular music package offered by Gari Communications.

History

Origins

The earliest known use of the Eyewitness News name in American television was in April 1959 when KYW-TVmarker (now WKYC-TVmarker) in Clevelandmarker, owned at the time by Westinghouse Broadcasting, launched the nation's first 90-minute local newscast (under the title Eyewitness), combined with the then 15-minute national newscast. ([120538]) The name was then adopted for use by Westinghouse's other television stations—KPIXmarker in San Franciscomarker, WJZ-TVmarker in Baltimoremarker, WBZ-TVmarker in Bostonmarker and KDKA-TVmarker in Pittsburghmarker—for its local newscasts.

After KYW-TV moved to Philadelphiamarker in 1965 (the result of a government-ordered reversal of the 1956 Westinghouse/NBC station swap) its then-news director, Al Primo, created the Eyewitness News format. The reporter would be the "eyewitness" to the anchor in the studio and the viewer at home.He used the cue 007 from the 1963 film From Russia with Love as the theme. The format quickly became a hit in Philadelphia and allowed KYW-TV to surge past longtime leader WCAU-TVmarker for first place, a position it kept on and off until the late 1970s. KYW-TV's success spawned rival station WFIL-TV (now WPVI-TVmarker) to develop the Action News format to compete with it. (After NBC was ordered back to Cleveland in 1965, the Eyewitness News name left that city until WEWSmarker adopted it for its newscasts in the 1970s.)

KYW-TV used the name and format until 1991 and readopted it in 1998. All five major stations owned by Westinghouse prior to its 1996 acquisition of CBS have used Eyewitness News as their newscast titles at some point in time; KYW-TV, KPIX, and WJZ-TV continue to do so.

Expansion

In 1968, Primo moved to WABC-TVmarker in New York Citymarker and took the Eyewitness News concept there with him, choosing music from the 1967 Paul Newman film Cool Hand Luke—the "Tar Sequence" cue (composed by Lalo Schifrin)—as the theme. However, he added a new twist at WABC-TV—chatter among the anchors, which came to be known as "happy talk". WABC-TV has kept the name and format since then, and has been the highest-rated station in New York for much of that time.

The format, as tweaked by WABC-TV, was copied by many other stations in the United Statesmarker, with four other stations owned and operated by ABCKABC-TVmarker in Los Angelesmarker, WLS-TVmarker in Chicagomarker, WXYZ-TVmarker in Detroitmarker and KGO-TVmarker in San Franciscomarker—using both the format and the Cool Hand Luke theme. (In the case of KGO, since KPIX was already using the Eyewitness News name, KGO named its newscast Channel 7 NewsScene in 1969 and by 1983 simply Channel 7 News, while WXYZ used the Action News name since rival WJBK-TVmarker called its newscasts Eyewitness News; KABC and WLS were free to use the Eyewitness News name as did WABC). Ironically, WPVI, which developed the Action News format, is also now an ABC owned-and-operated station.

In addition, U.S. Spanish-language stations also use their own version of Eyewitness News, called Noticias de Primera Plana (Headline News, a concept translation in Spanish of Eyewitness News) on its owned-and-operated stations.

A separate, but mostly unrelated, Eyewitness News format was developed by Irv Weinstein in Buffalo, New Yorkmarker for WKBW-TVmarker. This format was mostly based not on the original Eyewitness News (though it used the same logo) but rather on the Action News format of its sister stations in the Capital Cities Communications stable. While based on Action News's brief and numerous reports, Weinstein built his Eyewitness News newscast around attention-grabbing catch phrases and alliterative headlines, along with occasional wisecracking or sarcastic one-liners about the day's news stories.

This version of Eyewitness News was used on WKBW as well as other CapCities stations where the Action News name was in use by another station, such as WTVDmarker in Raleigh, North Carolina. It was also used on a few stations not owned by Capital Cities, including WOKRmarker in Rochester, New York.

Outside of the United States

In Mexicomarker and other Hispanic American countries during the 1970s and 1980s, some local newscasts also used the Eyewitness News format, under the names Noticias de Primera Plana (Headline News) and Noticias de Acción (Action News).

The title was used in Canadamarker, on CTV affiliate CFRN-TVmarker in Edmontonmarker.

In Brazilmarker, the format was used by TV Globo's key stations in Rio de Janeiromarker and São Paulomarker for their local newscasts, with the name of Praça TV (City TV (News)).

In Japan, TV Tokyomarker branded its newscasts as Eyewitness News, but abbreviated as EyeNews.

In Australia, BTQ-7marker Brisbanemarker adopted the Eyewitness News branding in the early 1970s. The branding was also employed by NWS-9marker Adelaidemarker for its evening newscast. TEN-10marker Sydneymarker and ATV-0marker Melbournemarker, the principal stations in the Ten Network, adopted the Eyewitness News branding in the mid-1970s and it was later adopted by other stations in the Network Ten group as BTQ-7 and NWS-9 later relinquished the brand. Regional affiliates for the Ten Network, including CTC-7 in Canberramarker (Ten Capital Eyewitness News), Southern Cross Network in Victoriamarker, and QTV in Townsvillemarker, also used the Eyewitness News name. The Australian version of Eyewitness News more closely resembled Weinstein's version than the original format. The Ten Network dropped the use of the Eyewitness News name in September 1988 but later re-instated it in July 1989 for six months, and then again in January 1991 for four years.

In South Africa Eyewitness News in used by Talk Radio 702 in Gautengmarker, Cape Talk in Cape Townmarker as well as Eyewitness News

Stations that use or have used the Eyewitness News format or name

1Indicates station was originally owned by Westinghouse Broadcasting and now is owned-and-operated by CBS2Indicates station is owned-and-operated by ABC
Market Name Station Affiliation Currently uses Other notes
Albany, New Yorkmarker WTENmarker ABC No Identified as 10 Eyewitness News from 1986–1995; known as News 10 since 1995
Albuquerque, New Mexicomarker KOB-TVmarker NBC Yes Has identified as "Eyewitness News 4" since 1996
Atlantamarker WXIA-TVmarker NBC no Used from 1969-1972; has identified as 11 Alive News since 1976
WAGA-TVmarker Fox (formerly CBS) no Used from 1980s–1998; has identified as Fox 5 News since 1998
Augusta, Georgiamarker WRDW-TVmarker CBS no Had identified as News 12 since 1998
Austin, Texasmarker KEYE-TVmarker CBS No Branded itself K-EYEwitness News with its callsign until 2001; has identified as KEYE-TV News since 2009
Bakersfield, Californiamarker KBAK-TVmarker CBS yes Identified itself as 29 Eyewitness News since 1992
KBFX-CA Fox Yes Currently airs "Eyewitness News on Fox 58" produced by sister station KBAK-TV
Baltimore, Marylandmarker WJZ-TVmarker1 CBS (formerly ABC) Yes Has identified as "Eyewitness News" since 1965
Bangor, Mainemarker WVII-TVmarker ABC no Currently identifies as Your Bangor News
Binghamton, New Yorkmarker WIVTmarker ABC no Currently identifies as NewsChannel 34
Boise, Idahomarker KBCI-TVmarker CBS No Identified as CBS 2 Eyewitness News from 2007 to 2009; currently identifies as 2 News
Bostonmarker WBZ-TVmarker1 CBS (formerly NBC) no Used from 1966–1993; has identified as WBZ News since 2007
Buffalo, New Yorkmarker WKBW-TVmarker ABC Yes Originally used from 1970-2003; identified as 7 News from September 8, 2003 to October 27, 2008, when Eyewitness News was restored. Its version of Eyewitness News is in name only and uses elements of the Action News format instead.
Cedar Rapids, Iowamarker KCRG-TVmarker ABC No Used name from early-70's to late-80's; has identified as "KCRG TV-9 News" since 1998
Charleston, South Carolinamarker WCBD-TVmarker NBC No Used name from mid-80's to late-80's as ABC; has identified as "News 2" since 1998
Charlestonmarker / Huntington, W.V.marker WHTN-TVmarker ABC (Now a CBS affiliate) no Identified as "Eyewitness News" in the early 70's until it was purchased by Gateway, who re-branded the newscast as "Action News".
WCHS-TVmarker ABC yes Used a lowercase "e" logo from 2002–2005 and identified as Eyewitness News 8 since 2002 without using the channel number (8) in their news title.
Charlotte, North Carolinamarker WSOC-TVmarker ABC yes Has identified as Channel 9 Eyewitness News since 1996
Chattanooga, Tennesseemarker WRCB-TVmarker NBC yes Has identified as Channel 3 Eyewitness News since 1999
Chicagomarker WLS-TVmarker2 ABC no Identified as Eyewitness News from 1968–1996; has identified as ABC 7 News since 1996
Cincinnatimarker WLWTmarker NBC no Identified as Eyewitness News 5 from 1998–2004; has been rebranded as News 5 since 2004
WKRC-TVmarker ABC (Now a CBS affiliate) no Identified as Eyewitness 12 News from 1977-1992; has identified as Local 12 News since 2004
Clevelandmarker WEWSmarker ABC No Used from 1967–1990, has identified as NewsChannel 5 since 1990
WKYC-TVmarker1 NBC No The first station (as KYW-TV) to use the Eyewitness News name, in 1959, used until 1965; has identified as Channel 3 News since 1989
Colorado Springsmarker / Pueblo, COmarker KOAA-TVmarker NBC No Identified as Eyewitness News until 2002, has identified as "News First" since 2002
Columbia, South Carolinamarker WOLO-TVmarker ABC no Has identified as ABC Columbia News since 2005
Columbus, Ohiomarker WBNS-TVmarker CBS no Known as 10TV Eyewitness News 1977–2007; rebranded as 10TV News HD in April 2007
Corpus Christi, Texasmarker KIII-TVmarker ABC no Identified itself as 3 Eyewitness News (1977–2000); has identified as 3 News since 2000
Dallasmarker / Fort Worthmarker KDFW-TVmarker Fox (formerly CBS) no Identified as Eyewitness News from 1975–1978; has identified as Fox 4 News since 1996
Dayton, Ohiomarker WDTNmarker NBC no Has identified as 2 News since 1996
Denver, Coloradomarker KWGN-TVmarker CW No Identified as TV-2 Eyewitness News from 1981-1983; has identified as News on the Deuce since March 2009
Des Moines, Iowamarker WHO-TVmarker NBC no Identified as "Eyewitness News" in the mid–1970's; has identified as "Channel 13 News" since 2001
WOI-TVmarker ABC no Identified as Channel 5 Eyewitness News from 2001-September 2006; has identified as ABC 5 News since September 2006
Detroitmarker WJBK-TVmarker Fox (formerly CBS) no Identified as Eyewitness News from 1970-1997, has identified as Fox 2 News since 1997
WWJ-TVmarker CBS no Newscast defunct
Duluth, Minnesotamarker WDIO-TVmarker ABC Yes Used since the late 1970s
Durhammarker / Raleighmarker WTVDmarker2 ABC yes Used "Eyewitness News" until dropping for "WTVD 11 News" in 1985; this was a clone of WKBW's "Eyewitness News" format. Brought back title in 2000 as ABC 11 Eyewitness News. Also produces Eyewitness News at 10 on CW22 for WLFL-TVmarker.
Elmira, New Yorkmarker WENY-TVmarker ABC no Used from the 1970s through the 1990s. Station now brands as "WENY-TV News."
Erie, Pennsylvaniamarker WSEE-TVmarker CBS No Used from 1968–1978; currently identifies as WSEE NewsWatch
Eugene, Oregonmarker KEZI-TVmarker ABC no Currently known as 9 News
Eureka, Californiamarker KIEM-TVmarker NBC no Currently known as NewsChannel 3
Evansville, Indianamarker WTVW-TVmarker Fox No Used from the mid-1970s-1996; identified as Fox 7 News from 1996-2004, then WTVW NewsChannel 7 for about a year from 2004-2005 before Fox 7 News returned
Fargomarker/Grand Forksmarker KXJB-TVmarker CBS no Identified as KX 4 Eyewitness News from 1980 to 1987. Currently identifies as Valley News Live; news department shared with KVLY-TVmarker
Flintmarker / Saginawmarker / Bay Citymarker WEYI-TVmarker NBC no Used Eyewitness News name in parts of the 1970s and 1980s; Used variant WEYI-witness News in the early 1990s; currently known as NewsCenter 25
Florencemarker / Myrtle Beach, S.C.marker WBTWmarker CBS No Used from the early 1980s-1995; currently identifies as "News 13"
Fort Myers, Floridamarker WBBH-TVmarker NBC no Identified as TV-20 Eyewitness News from the late 1970s-1996; has identified as NBC 2 News since 1996
Fort Wayne, Indianamarker WPTAmarker ABC no Has identified as Indiana's NewsCenter on 21 Alive since 2005
Fresno, Californiamarker KGPEmarker CBS no Identified as 47 Eyewitness News from 1985–1992; has identified as CBS 47 On Your Side News since 2004
Grand Rapidsmarker / Kalamazoo, Michiganmarker WZZM-TVmarker ABC No Identified as Area 13 Eyewitness News from 1975-1984 & 1995-1997, and Eyewitness News 13 from 1984-1995. Currently identifies as WZZM 13 News
Green Bay, Wisconsinmarker WFRV-TVmarker CBS no Used from the mid 1970s-2001; has identified as Channel 5 News since 2007
Greensboromarker / High Pointmarker / Winston-Salem, N.C.marker WGHPmarker Fox no Identified as TV-8 Eyewitness News from June 17, 1974-1986; has identified as Fox 8 News since 1995
Greenvillemarker / New Bernmarker / Washington, N.C.marker WITN-TVmarker NBC no Used variant EyeWITNess News for several years; has identified as WITN News since 2007
WNCT-TVmarker CBS yes Identified as Eyewitness News 9 since 1998
Greenvillemarker / Spartanburgmarker / Ashevillemarker WSPA-TVmarker CBS no Has identified as NewsChannel 7 since 2001
Harlingenmarker / Brownsvillemarker / McAllen, TXmarker KRGV-TVmarker ABC no Used in the mid-1970s; has identified as "NewsChannel 5" since 2000
KGBT-TVmarker CBS no Used from 1967-1972; has identified as Action 4 News since 2003
Harrisburgmarker / Lancastermarker / Yorkmarker / Lebanon, PAmarker WHP-TVmarker CBS no Has identified as WHP CBS 21 News since 2004
WLYH-TVmarker CW no Identified as Eyewitness News at 10 from 1995 to 1999 and as 15 Eyewitness News from 2001 to September 2003, when the newscast was dropped; current newscast is identified as CBS 21 News at 10; sister station to WHP-TV
Hartfordmarker / New Haven, CTmarker WFSBmarker CBS yes Has identified as Channel 3 Eyewitness News since 1990
Honolulu, Hawaiimarker KHON-TVmarker Fox No Used from the early-to-late 1970s; has identified as KHON 2 News since 2003
Houstonmarker KTRK-TVmarker2 ABC yes Has identified as 13 Eyewitness News since 1973
Huntsville, Alabamamarker WAAY-TVmarker ABC no Used from 1977 until the late 1990s; has identified as WAAY 31 News since 2000
Idaho Fallsmarker / Pocatellomarker KPVImarker NBC no Identified as Channel 6 Eyewitness News during the 1990s; currently known as NBC NewsChannel 6
KIDKmarker CBS yes Has identified as Channel 3 Eyewitness News since 2007
Indianapolismarker WTHRmarker NBC yes Has identified as Channel 13 Eyewitness News since 1998
Jackson, Mississippimarker WAPTmarker ABC no Used Eyewitness News 16 during the early 1990s; has identified its newscasts as 16 WAPT News since the late 1990s.
Jackson, Tennesseemarker WBBJ-TVmarker ABC yes Identified as 7 Eyewitness News from 1996 to 2007; has identified as ABC 7 Eyewitness News since 2007
Jacksonville, Floridamarker WJXTmarker Independent (formerly CBS) no Identified as Eyewitness News from 1967-2005; has identified as Channel 4 News since 2005
Johnson City, Tennesseemarker WJHL-TVmarker CBS no Currently identified as News Channel 11 Connects
Kansas City, Missourimarker KCTVmarker CBS no Used Eyewitness News branding from 1966-1984; currently known as KCTV 5 News
Knoxville, Tennesseemarker WATE-TVmarker ABC No Used various versions of the Eyewitness News moniker from 1969-2001, currently known as WATE 6 News
Lafayette, Louisianamarker KLFY-TVmarker CBS Yes "Eyewitness News" is used to identify the 6 & 10 p.m. newscasts
Las Vegas, Nevadamarker KLAS-TVmarker CBS No Identified as Eyewitness News 8 from 1982 to 1989 and as Channel 8 Eyewitness News from 1989 to 2009; currently identifies as Channel 8 News Now
Lexington, Kentuckymarker WTVQ-TVmarker ABC No Used variant TVQ Eyewitness News for several years; has identified as ABC 36 News since 2009
Lincoln, Nebraskamarker KLKN-TVmarker ABC Yes Uses similar imaging/graphics as sister stations WOI-TVmarker, WHBF-TVmarker, and KCAU-TVmarker, currently known as Channel 8 Eyewitness News
Little Rock, Arkansasmarker KARK-TVmarker NBC No Identified as Channel 4 Eyewitness News from the 1970s to the mid-1980s and again from the late 1980s-1994; has identified as KARK 4 News since 2005
Los Angeles, Californiamarker KABC-TVmarker2 ABC yes Identifed as Eyewitness News until 1995, identified as Channel 7 Eyewitness News from 1995-1997, identified as "ABC7 Eyewitness News" since 1997
Louisville, Kentuckymarker WLKY-TVmarker CBS (formerly ABC) No Currently known as WLKY News
Lubbock, Texasmarker KCBD-TVmarker NBC no Identified as "Eyewitness News" from 1970s-early 1980s, has identified as "Newschannel 11" since 1997
Madison, Wisconsinmarker WISC-TVmarker CBS No Identified as TV-3 Eyewitness News from September 13, 1971-April 24, 1982, has identified as News 3 since 1989.
WKOW-TVmarker ABC No Used "Eyewitness News" from the mid-1980s-1995, currently identifies as "WKOW 27; Making a Difference"
Macon, Georgiamarker WMAZ-TVmarker CBS Yes Currently identifies as "13 WMAZ Eyewitness News"
Medfordmarker / Klamath Falls, Oregonmarker KOBImarker/KOTImarker NBC No Currently identifies as "NBC 5 News"(KOBI)/"NBC 2 News"(KOTI)
Memphis, Tennesseemarker WHBQ-TVmarker Fox no Identified as Eyewitness News from the early 1970s-1995 and Fox 13 Eyewitness News from 1995-1997 has idenitified as Fox 13 News since 1997
WPTY-TVmarker ABC yes Has identified as Eyewitness News since 2000, news department shared with WLMTmarker
Minneapolis-St. Paulmarker KSTP-TVmarker ABC (formerly NBC) yes Has identified as "5 Eyewitness News" since 1973
KMSP-TVmarker Fox (formerly ABC, Independent, UPN) no Used from 1969–1973; currently known as Fox 9 News
Miamimarker WPLGmarker ABC no Used from 1983–2002; has identified as Local 10 News since 2005
Milwaukee, Wisconsinmarker WISN-TVmarker ABC No Used the title when it was a CBS affiliate from 1972 to 1976. Has identified as 12 News since 2003
WITI-TVmarker Fox (formerly CBS) no Identified as TV-6 Eyewitness News from mid-1980s-1990; currently known as Fox 6 News
Nashville, Tennesseemarker WKRN-TVmarker ABC No Used from 1969-1972 as WSIX-TV; has identified as News 2 since 1994
Nashville, Tennesseemarker WTVFmarker CBS No Used from the early 1970s-1989; has identified as NewsChannel 5 since 1989
New Orleans, Louisianamarker WWL-TVmarker CBS Yes Has identified as Channel 4 Eyewitness News since 1989
New York Citymarker WABC-TVmarker2 ABC Yes Originally identified as just Eyewitness News, then as "Channel 7 Eyewitness News" beginning in 1984; was identified as ABC7 Eyewitness News from 1999–2003 before reverting back to Channel 7 Eyewitness News
Norfolkmarker / Portsmouthmarker / Newport Newsmarker WTKRmarker CBS no Identified as Channel 3 Eyewitness News from 1992-1994, has identified as NewsChannel 3 since 1995
WAVY-TVmarker NBC no Identified as Area 10 or Channel 10 Eyewitness News from 1969–1982, has identified as WAVY News 10 since 1989
Oklahoma Citymarker KOCO-TVmarker ABC Yes Identified as "Channel 5 Eyewitness News" from 1974-1977, has identified as Eyewitness News 5 since 1998
KWTVmarker CBS No Used "Eyewitness News" title from 1966-1971, has identified as News 9 since 1997
Orlandomarker / Daytona Beachmarker WESHmarker NBC no Used from 1968-1974; has identified as WESH 2 News since 2005
WFTVmarker ABC yes Has identified as Channel 9 Eyewitness News since 1976
WRDQmarker Independent yes WFTV produces newscasts identified as Eyewitness News This Morning and Eyewitness News at 10PM
Philadelphiamarker KYW-TVmarker1 CBS (formerly NBC) yes The Eyewitness News format was originally introduced at this station in 1965; dropped name from 1991 to use different names for different dayparts; rebranded as News 3 in 1994 and reverted to Eyewitness News in 1998.
Phoenixmarker KTVKmarker Independent no Used from 1980–1983 (at that time an ABC affiliate); currently identifies as 3TV News
KPHO-TVmarker CBS No Used in the 1970s (at that time independent); has identified as CBS 5 News since 2004
Pittsburghmarker KDKA-TVmarker1 CBS no Has identifed as KDKA-TV News since 1996
Panama City, Floridamarker WMBB-TVmarker ABC no Has identified as News 13 since 2003
Portland, Mainemarker WMTW-TVmarker ABC No Has identified as "News 8 WMTW" since 2000
WCSH-TVmarker NBC No Identified as "WCSH Eyewitness News" in the 1970s; has identified as "News Center 6" since 1986
Portland, Oregonmarker KATUmarker ABC No Used from 1967–1973; has identified as "KATU News" since 2003
Providence, Rhode Islandmarker WPRI-TVmarker CBS Yes Identified as "Channel 12 Eyewitness News" from 1989–1996, has identified as "Eyewitness News" since 2002, produces "Eyewitness News at 10 on Fox Providence" for WNACmarker
Quad Citiesmarker WHBF-TVmarker CBS No Used the same imaging/graphics as sister station WOI-TVmarker, Identified as Channel 4 Eyewitness News from 2002–2007, has identified as CBS 4 News since 2007
WQAD-TVmarker ABC No Identified as Eyewitness News from 1975-1978, has branded as Quad Cities' News 8 since 2009
Reno, Nevadamarker KOLO-TVmarker ABC no Identified as Eyewitness News from mid-70's to early-90's; has identified as "KOLO 8 News Now" since 2007
Richmond, Virginiamarker WRIC-TVmarker ABC No Has identified as "8 News" since 1996
Roanoke, Virginiamarker WSLS-TVmarker NBC No Used during the 1960s and 1980s, has identified as "WSLS 10 On Your Side" since 2007
Rochester, New Yorkmarker WHEC-TVmarker NBC No Has identified as "News 10 NBC" since 2000
Sacramentomarker KXTVmarker ABC No Used from 1978–1985; has identified as News 10 since 1985
St. Louis, Missourimarker KSDKmarker NBC No Used from the 1970s until 1989; has been known as NewsChannel 5 since 1989
Salt Lake City, Utahmarker KSL-TVmarker NBC (formerly CBS) No Identified as Eyewitness News from the 1970s to 1998, and as KSL 5 Eyewitness News from 1998 to 2009; currently identifies as KSL 5 News
San Antonio, Texasmarker KENS-TVmarker CBS yes Identified as "Channel 5 Eyewitness News" from 1970-1998, has identified as "KENS 5 Eyewitness News" since 1998
San Diego, Californiamarker KNSDmarker NBC No Used from 1973-1977; has identified as NBC 7/39 News since 1995
San Franciscomarker KPIXmarker1 CBS yes Identified as "Channel 5 Eyewitness News" from the 1970s-2005 (aside from a brief period in the mid-1990s when it identified as KPIX 5 News), has identified as CBS 5 Eyewitness News since 2005
KGO-TVmarker2 ABC no Has identified as ABC7 News since 1998 which follows the Eyewitness News format though not in branding
Scrantonmarker / Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvaniamarker WBRE-TVmarker NBC Yes Identified as "28 Eyewitness News" from the 1980s-2004 and "WBRE Eyewitness News" since 2008
Seattlemarker KIRO-TVmarker CBS yes Previously used from 1981-1987, identifed as KIRO 7 Eyewitness News since 1997
Shreveportmarker KSLA-TVmarker CBS no Used from the 1980s to the 1990s; currently identifies as "KSLA News 12"
Sioux City, Iowamarker KCAU-TVmarker ABC Yes Uses similar imaging/graphics as sister stations WOI-TVmarker, WHBF-TVmarker, and KLKNmarker, currently idenitfies as Channel 9 Eyewitness News
South Bend, Indianamarker WSBT-TVmarker CBS No Currently identifies as "WSBT News"
Spokane, Washingtonmarker KHQ-TVmarker NBC No Identified as "Q-6 Eyewitness News" in the 1970s, currently identifies as "KHQ-6 Local News"
Syracuse, New Yorkmarker WTVHmarker CBS No Identified as "Eyewitness News 5" from 1999–2002, has identified as "CBS 5 News" since 2002
WSYR-TVmarker (formerly WNYS and WIXT) ABC No Identified as "Eyewitness News" in the early '70s, currently identifies as "Newschannel 9"
WSYTmarker Fox No Identified as "Fox 68 Eyewitness News" from 2000–2006; produced by WTVH. No longer carries a newscast.
Tallahassee, Floridamarker WCTVmarker CBS Yes Currently identifies as "Eyewitness News"
Tampamarker / St. Petersburg, Floridamarker WTVTmarker Fox (formerly CBS) no Branded as Channel 13 Eyewitness News from 1989–1996 and briefly as Fox 13 Eyewitness News from 1996–1997; has identified as Fox 13 News since 1997
WTSPmarker CBS (formerly ABC) no Used from 1974-1977, has identified as 10 Connects News since 2008
WTOG-TVmarker CW no Used from 1982 to 1985; no longer has a newscast
Terre Haute, Indianamarker WTWO-TVmarker NBC no Identified as TV-2 Eyewitness News from 1973-1994, has identified as simply WTWO since 2006
Toledo, Ohiomarker WTOL-TVmarker CBS No Used from 1966–1977; has identified as "WTOL News 11" since 1997
Topeka, Kansasmarker KTKAmarker ABC No Identified as "49 Eyewitness News" before local news was dropped in '02, bought by new owners and brought back news in '06 & currently identifies as "49 News"
Traverse City, Michiganmarker WGTUmarker ABC No Name used in the 1970s; local news now limited on the station
Tucson, Arizonamarker KVOA-TVmarker NBC No Was Eyewitness News at least since the early 1970s, identifed as Eyewitness News 4 from 1999-February 2006, identified as "News 4" since February 2006
Tulsa, Oklahomamarker KOTVmarker CBS No Identified as "Eyewitness News" from 1978-1986, has identified as The News On 6 since 1986
Tyler, Texasmarker KYTXmarker CBS No Identified as "CBS 19 Eyewitness News" from 2004-2008; currently identifies as "KYTX CBS 19 News"
Utica, New Yorkmarker WUTRmarker ABC No Identified as Eyewitness News in the 1980s and early-to-mid 1990's. Stopped newscasts in 2003.
Washington, D.C.marker WUSAmarker CBS no Previously identified as Channel 9 Eyewitness News from 1972-2002, has identified as 9News Now since 2006
West Palm Beach, Floridamarker WPBFmarker ABC no Identified as Eyewitness News 25 from 1998–2004; has identified as WPBF 25 News since 2009
WPECmarker CBS no Used from the late-1980s to the mid-1990s, has identified as CBS 12 News since February 1, 2008
Wichita, Kansasmarker KWCH-TVmarker CBS Yes Identified as Eyewitness News from 1969–1977 and again from 1983–1995 and then Channel 12 Eyewitness News from 1995–2001. Has identified as KWCH 12 Eyewitness News since 2001
Wichita Falls, Texasmarker / Lawton, Oklahomamarker KAUZ-TVmarker CBS no Used title Channel 6 Eyewitness News 1974-1988; currently identifies as KAUZ News
Wilmington, North Carolinamarker WWAYmarker ABC No Identified as Eyewitness News 3 from 1983–1995; has identified as "NewsChannel 3" since 1995
Youngstown, Ohiomarker WYTVmarker ABC No Identified as "Eyewitness News" from the late 1970s-1999; has identified as "33 News" since 2004


Music package

Eyewitness News is also the name of a syndicated news music package, composed by Frank Gari of Gari Communications.

Since 1968, ABC's large market owned-and-operated stations had used the "Cool Hand Luke" theme on their newscasts. In 1983, they started using News Series 2000, an updated version of the original Schifrin theme, composed by Frank Gari, that had been originally commissioned by WLS-TV in Chicago.

However, in 1993, Schifrin raised his royalties for using Cool Hand Luke and its variations to a level that effectively priced the theme out of the local news market. As a result, Gari was commissioned by WABC-TV in New York to compose a new music package called Eyewitness News. This new package, based slightly on Cool Hand Luke, has been updated several times. WABC-TV currently uses the Series 4 version, which was specifically updated for the station in 1999.

Besides being used in America, the Eyewitness News music package has also been picked up for use overseas. Hong Kong Cable News has been using it for its morning newscast, and POP TV in Sloveniamarker has been using it for its main newscasts. It is also used by Nine Network and its affiliates for their newscasts in Australia.

A station using the Eyewitness News music package might not necessarily use the Eyewitness News title for its newscasts, and vice versa. For example, WXYZ-TVmarker in Detroitmarker uses the music package, but uses the Action News format and branding, and in 2006 KGO-TV started using the Eyewitness News package but brands its newscasts as ABC 7 News HD.

In 2005, Gari Communications renamed the Eyewitness News-New Generation news package to the ABC O&O News Collection, as the packages are now only commissable by ABC owned-and-operated stations and affiliates. Despite this, many still refer to the package as Eyewitness News. In Buffalo, New Yorkmarker, Move Closer to Your World is known as the Eyewitness News theme. It was used on WKBW-TVmarker from 1972 to 2003, and from 2008 onward.

Stations that used or have used Eyewitness News music package

DMA# DMA Name Station Affiliation Years Used Other Notes
1. New York City, New Yorkmarker WABC-TVmarker, formerly WJZ ABC 1994–present First station to commission Series 1 in 1994 & Series 4 in 1999
2. Los Angeles, Californiamarker KABC-TVmarker, formerly KECA ABC 1995–present First station to commission Series 2 in 1995 & New Generation Series 1 in 2006 after starting high definition broadcasts Also commissioned New Generation 2 in 2007 and New Generation 3 in 2008
5. San Francisco, Californiamarker KGO-TVmarker ABC 2006–present Commissioned New Generation Series 1
KOFY-TVmarker, formerly KBWB ABC (secondary), formerly WB 2007–present 9pm newscasts produced by KGO
8. Washington, DCmarker WJLA-TVmarker, formerly WMAL ABC, formerly CBS 2006–present Commissioned New Generation Series 1 in 2006 & started using Series 2 for breaking news after starting HD newscasts in December 2008
10. Houston, Texasmarker KTRK-TVmarker, formerly KXYZ ABC 1995–present Commissioned Series 1 & 2 in 1995, Series 5 & New Generation Series 1 in 2006
11. Detroit, Michiganmarker WKBD-TVmarker The CW, formerly UPN 2002–2004 Aired a 10pm newscast produced by WXYZ
WXYZ-TVmarker ABC 2001–present Commissioned New Generation Series 3 only for its opens and bumpers, but uses Series 4 for closes. Also used New Generation 1 for promos of its 5pm & 11pm newscasts. Also commissioned Series 1 for opens and Series 2 for bumpers in 2001
12. Saint Petersburg, Floridamarker & Tampa, Floridamarker WFTS-TVmarker ABC 2007–present Commissioned Series 1 for IDs, Series 4 for weather stingers, & New Generation Series 1 & 2
13. Phoenix, Arizonamarker KNXV-TVmarker ABC, formerly Independent, then FOX 2007–present Commissioned Series 2 & New Generation Series 1 after starting high definition broadcasts
17. Cleveland, Ohiomarker WEWS-TVmarker ABC, formerly CBS 2007–present Commissioned New Generation Series 1 after starting high definition broadcasts, now uses New Generation Series 2 for opens & talent rejoins
18. Denver, Coloradomarker KMGH-TVmarker, formerly KLZ-TV ABC, formerly CBS 1995–1997 & 2006–present Commissioned Series 1 in 1995 after the 3-way affiliation change with KCNCmarker & KUSAmarker, & New Generation Series 1 in 2006
19. Orlando, Floridamarker WFTVmarker, formerly WLOF ABC 1995–1997 & 2006–present Commissioned Series 1 in 1995 & New Generation Series 1 in 2006, uses Series 4 for weather alerts
WRDQmarker ABC (secondary) 2007–present Newscasts produced by WFTV
21. St. Louis, Missourimarker KTVImarker, formerly WTVI Fox, formerly ABC 1995-1998 Commissioned Series 1 after the affiliation switch with KDNL.
25. Indianapolis, Indianamarker WRTVmarker Channel 6.1 ABC 2004–present Commissioned Series 4 in 2004, New Generation Series 1 in 2006, & first station to commission New Generation Series 3 in 2008 after starting high definition newscasts
6 News 24/7, formerly NewsChannel 64 - WRTV-DT 6.2 No affiliation, though can be ABC Secondary 2004-Present 24 hour cable news channel produced by WRTVmarker
27. San Diego, Californiamarker KGTVmarker, formerly KOGO ABC, formerly NBC 2006–present Commissioned New Generation Series 1 in 2006 & New Generation Series 2 in 2008
29. Raleigh, North Carolinamarker & Durham, North Carolinamarker WTVD-TVmarker ABC, formerly CBS 1995–present Commissioned Series 1 in 1995, Series 2 in 2000, Series 4 in 2005, Series 5 in 2006 & New Generation Series 1 in 2007
WLFL-TVmarker The CW, formerly The WB 2006–present 10pm newscasts produced by WTVD
43. Las Vegas, Nevadamarker KTNV-TVmarker, formerly KSHO ABC 2003–present Commissioned Series 5 in 2003, New Generation Series 1 in 2006, and New Generation Series 2 in 2008 after starting high definition broadcasts
51. New Bedford, Massachusettsmarker & Providence, Rhode Islandmarker WNAC-TVmarker, formerly WSTG Fox, formerly ABC 2002–2004 Newscast produced by sister station WPRI
WPRI-TVmarker, formerly WPRO CBS, formerly ABC 2002–2004 Commissioned Series 1 & 4
58. Dayton, Ohiomarker WDTN-TVmarker, formerly WLWD NBC, formerly ABC 2002–2004 WDTN commissioned Series 2 before the affiliation switch with WKEFmarker & the ownership change from Hearst-Argyle to LIN TV.
62. Tulsa, Oklahomamarker KTULmarker, formerly KTVX ABC 2006–present Commissioned Series 5 & New Generation Series 1
66. Flint, Michiganmarker WJRT-TVmarker ABC 1997–present Commissioned Series 1 in 1997 & New Generation Series 1 in 2006
69. Green Bay, Wisconsinmarker WBAY-TVmarker ABC, formerly CBS 2006–present Commissioned Series 1 for closes & New Generation Series 1 for opens after a licensing dispute with Stephen Arnold Music, the producer of their previous theme, "Counterpoint".
70. Toledo, Ohiomarker WTVG-TVmarker, formerly WSPD ABC 1997–present Commissioned Series 1 in 1997, Series 4 in 1999, Series 5 in 2005, & New Generation Series 1 in 2006
71. Tucson, Arizonamarker KVOA-TVmarker NBC 1999–2007 Commissioned Series 1 & 4 in 1999
73. Des Moines, Iowamarker WOI-TVmarker ABC 2006–present Commissioned New Generation Series 1
85. Madison, Wisconsinmarker WMTV-TVmarker NBC, formerly ABC 1999–present Commissioned Series 4, 5 & New Generation Series 1 the only NBC station that currently uses this package
89. Cedar Rapids, Iowamarker KGAN-TVmarker, formerly WMT CBS 1996–2004 Commissioned Series 1 & 2
90. Burlington, Vermontmarker WVNY-TVmarker ABC 1999–2003 Commissioned Series 1 & 4
96. Savannah, Georgiamarker WJCL-TVmarker ABC, formerly NBC 2005–present Commissioned Series 5 for morning newscasts & Series 4 for other newscasts
97. Davenport, Iowamarker WQAD-TVmarker ABC 2009-present
100. Charleston, South Carolinamarker WCIVmarker ABC, formerly NBC 2007–present Commissioned Series 5 & New Generation Series 1
101. Evansville, Indianamarker WTVW-TVmarker Fox, formerly ABC 2004 & 2005 Commissioned Series 1 & 4
104. Lincoln, Nebraskamarker KLKNmarker, formerly KCAN ABC 2007–present Commissioned New Generation Series 1 in 2007 & New Generation Series 2 in 2008
111. Tyler-Longview, Texasmarker KLTVmarker ABC 2007–present Commissioned New Generation Series 1
125. Salinas, Californiamarker KION-TVmarker, formerly KMST CBS, formerly UPN 1996–2006 Commissioned Series 3 & 5
126. Bakersfield, Californiamarker KERO-TVmarker ABC, formerly NBC, then CBS 2007–present Commissioned New Generation Series 1
143. Sioux City, Iowamarker KCAU-TVmarker, formerly KVTV ABC, formerly NBC 2006–present Commissioned New Generation Series 1 in 2006 & New Generation Series 2 in 2007
147 Lubbock, TXmarker KLBKmarker CBS 2007–present Commissioned Series 5. KLBK is owned and operated by Nexstar Broadcasting Group
154. Anchorage, Alaskamarker KIMOmarker ABC 1996–2007 Commissioned Series 1, flagship station of "Alaska's Superstation" network
180. Jonesboro, Arkansasmarker KAIT-TVmarker ABC 2007–present Commissioned New Generation Series 2
182. Charlottesville, Virginiamarker WVAW-LPmarker ABC 2006–present Commissioned New Generation Series 1 in 2006 & New Generation Series 2 in 2008
188. Lafayette, Indianamarker WLFI-TVmarker CBS 1996–2000 Commissioned Series 3


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