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Up Against the Big Three CNN breaks with the norms in a full-hour evening newscast

From the moment in 1963 when CBS became the first network to expand its 15- minute nightly newscast to half an hour, visionaries there and at rivals NBC and ABC began to talk of the logical next step: a full hour of news. A quarter-century later, they are still just talking. But upstart Cable News Network, the 24-hour information service that began in 1980 and reaches 52 million households, has taken that step. Last week CNN launched The World Today, a 60-minute newscast (airtime: 6 to 7 p.m. EST) that in much of the U.S. competes head to head with the...

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