ABC to Broadcast 24-hour Web News

For years ABC has been wanting to get into the 24-hour news broadcasting game, toying both with partnering with CNN and with starting a stand-alone 24-hour Internet broadcast to compete with the cable news networks. Now that the CNN partnership idea is dead, ABC has launched a new service called “ABC News Live” that will only be available to subscribers of ABC News on Demand (which costs $4.95 a month) or RealNetworks’s RealOne SuperPass (which costs $9.95 month and includes CNN video). The site will be a mix of press conference broadcasts, headlines and replays of ABC News shows. Perhaps most interesting, the service will let viewers use a “virtual control room” to watch feeds and headlines from four screens simultaneously. “At a time when more people are getting their news online during the day, it is critical that we make more content available to our audience,” ABCNews.com general manager Bernard Gershon said in a statement.

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