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TV broadcasts come directly into the homes of their viewers, and live broadcasts get there instantly - two characteristics that make television an ideal vehicle for delivering important news and information. Programmers have always understood TV's value as a news source, and news has always been one of the fundamental programming genres on broadcast TV.

During the heyday of the Big Three broadcast networks, the nightly evening newscast was the flagship program of the network, and the newscast's anchor enjoyed an reputation that lay somewhere between that of a celebrity and a respected civic leader. During the 1960s and 70s, CBS's Walter Cronkite was often referred to as "the most trusted man in America," and later anchors such as Dan Rather and Tom Brokaw achieved similar, if not quite as universal, levels of respect.

The broadcast networks also produce morning news programs, along with weekend news and political talk programs.

In 1980, Ted Turner's Cable News Network became the first 24-hour all-news cable channel. Thanks to its ability to focus entirely on news without pre-empting other programming, CNN pioneered the now-ubiquitous round-the-clock coverage of sensational events. In 1996, CNN was joined by competing news channels MSNBC and Fox News.

In the 2000s, programs like "The Daily Show" that blur the line between news and entertainment - mostly by putting a humorous spin on current events - have become popular.

    20/20

    20/20

    Dateline

    Dateline

    Tucker Carlson Tonight

    Tucker Carlson Tonight

    American Greed

    American Greed

    Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

    Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

    Beyond Belief

    Beyond Belief

    Good Morning America

    Good Morning America

    What Would You Do?

    What Would You Do?

    Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey

    Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey

    CNN Town Hall

    CNN Town Hall

    Ken Burns' The West

    Ken Burns' The West

    On The Case With Paula Zahn

    On The Case With Paula Zahn

    Nightline

    Nightline

    American Masters

    American Masters

    Motorweek

    Motorweek

    Copwatch America

    Copwatch America

    ABC World News

    ABC World News

    Fox News Live

    Fox News Live

    MSNBC Live

    MSNBC Live

    The Five

    The Five

    All In With Chris Hayes

    All In With Chris Hayes

    NBC Nightly News

    NBC Nightly News

    Cuomo Prime Time

    Cuomo Prime Time

    CNBC Originals

    CNBC Originals

    Feherty

    Feherty

    Vice

    Vice

    Anderson Cooper 360

    Anderson Cooper 360

    Lost Tapes

    Lost Tapes

    The Big House

    The Big House

    ABC News Live

    ABC News Live

    Deadline: Crime with Tamron Hall

    Deadline: Crime with Tamron Hall

    Women on Death Row

    Women on Death Row

    Fareed Zakaria GPS Special

    Fareed Zakaria GPS Special

    Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace

    Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace

    CBS News Live

    CBS News Live

    Washington Week

    Washington Week

    PBS Newshour

    PBS Newshour

    The House

    The House

    The Merv Griffin Show

    The Merv Griffin Show

    AXIOS

    AXIOS

    Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj

    Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj

    The ReidOut

    The ReidOut

    Xploration DIY SCI

    Xploration DIY SCI

    Onion News Network

    Onion News Network

    Deadline White House

    Deadline White House

    Vice News Tonight

    Vice News Tonight

    Face The Nation

    Face The Nation

    Teen Choice Awards

    Teen Choice Awards

    Xploration Nature Knows Best

    Xploration Nature Knows Best

    Editor

    Editor

    Marine Machines

    Marine Machines

    NOW on PBS

    NOW on PBS

    Xploration Outer Space

    Xploration Outer Space

    Xploration Earth 2050

    Xploration Earth 2050

    ABC News Documentaries

    ABC News Documentaries

    TODAY Third Hour

    TODAY Third Hour

    Pure Science Specials

    Pure Science Specials

    Wildlife SOS

    Wildlife SOS

    Videofashion News

    Videofashion News

    The Partner

    The Partner

    Everest: Beyond the Limit

    Everest: Beyond the Limit

    Amanpour

    Amanpour

    Strange Inheritance

    Strange Inheritance

    Mad Money

    Mad Money

    BuzzFeed Unsolved: True Crime

    BuzzFeed Unsolved: True Crime

    BrainStuff

    BrainStuff

    Your Bleeped Up Brain

    Your Bleeped Up Brain

    Red & Blue

    Red & Blue

    The Last Word with Lawrence O' Donnell

    The Last Word with Lawrence O' Donnell

    Pod Save America

    Pod Save America

    The Live Show

    The Live Show

    ABC This Week with George Stephanopoulos

    ABC This Week with George Stephanopoulos

    E:60

    E:60

    Primetime

    Primetime

    Hard Time

    Hard Time

    Larry King Now

    Larry King Now

    Howard Stern: The Interview

    Howard Stern: The Interview

    Reliable Sources

    Reliable Sources

    StarTalk with Neil deGrasse Tyson

    StarTalk with Neil deGrasse Tyson

    Wait Wait . . . Don't Tell Me!

    Wait Wait . . . Don't Tell Me!

    CNN Tonight with Don Lemon

    CNN Tonight with Don Lemon

    The Story with Martha MacCallum

    The Story with Martha MacCallum

    Smerconish

    Smerconish

    The Grid

    The Grid

    Revolt

    Revolt

    With All Due Respect

    With All Due Respect

    Sky News Live

    Sky News Live

    Did You Know?

    Did You Know?

    Mysteries of the Bible

    Mysteries of the Bible

    The Weekly

    The Weekly

    Naturally, Danny Seo

    Naturally, Danny Seo

    The Beat

    The Beat

    Cosmic Vistas

    Cosmic Vistas

    Fox Business Network Live

    Fox Business Network Live

    Great Migrations

    Great Migrations

    Sea Rescue

    Sea Rescue

    Tornado Chasers

    Tornado Chasers

    Need to Know

    Need to Know

    The Great Debate

    The Great Debate

    Squawk Alley

    Squawk Alley