ABC NEWS AND THE WASHINGTON POST PARTNER ON POLITICAL PROGRAM “TOP LINE”

By Coordinator

May 6, 2010 3:53pm

ABC News and The Washington Post announced today that they have partnered to present a new version of “Top Line,” ABC’s daily political program. The program, which relaunches under the new partnership Monday, May 10, is a daily midday webcast focusing on the top political news of the day, including interviews with newsmakers and analysis with some of the best political observers in Washington. The new, co-branded “Top Line” will feature a Washington Post journalist each day in a segment called “Post Politics.” Washington Post reporters who will regularly appear on “Top Line” include: Chris Cillizza, Managing Editor of PostPolitics.com and author of “The Fix” and Political Reporters Dan Balz, Karen Tumulty and Anne Kornblut. On Monday, May 10, the first installment of the new “Top Line” will host U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell.

“Top Line,” originally launched in March of 2009 with ABC News’ Political Director David Chalian and Senior Political Reporter and author of ‘The Note,’ Rick Klein, airs Monday-Friday at 12:00pm/EST on ABC News’ digital network, ABC News NOW and streams live on ABCNEWS.com. Clips are also available at ABCNEWS.com. The show will now be streamed by The Washington Post as well, and archived segments can be found on PostPolitics.com as video on demand. 

 “We’re thrilled to be able to present our viewers with this new, co-branded show, highlighting not only ABC’s political reporting, but reporting from the Washington Post as well,” says Sara Just, Senior Producer for Digital Media at ABC News. “We hope that our users are as excited about the new ‘Top Line’ as we are to bring it to them.”

“By partnering with a trusted news brand such as ABC News, we are able to get some of our most recognized political reporters in front of new audiences and offer another innovative video feature to our readers,” said Kevin Merida, National Editor, The Washington Post.

Sam Brooks is the producer of “Top Line” and Nancy Han is the Executive Producer of ABC News NOW. After “Top Line” airs, it is also available on iTunes, on the ABC News iPhone app and on ABC News’ YouTube Channel, in addition to ABCNEWS.com and The Post’s newly launched political homepage, PostPolitics.com.

ABOUT THE WASHINGTON POST (www.washingtonpost.com) 

The Washington Post provides award-winning news and understanding about the politics, policies, personalities and institutions that make Washington, D.C. the world’s seat of power, and is a critical tool and information source for those who call Washington, D.C. home. In digital form, The Washington Post combines its world-class journalism with the latest technology and tools, and encourages participation and customization across all platforms so readers can engage with The Washington Post anytime, anywhere. The Washington Post is owned by The Washington Post Company, a diversified education and media company.  

ABOUT ABC NEWS DIGITAL

ABC News Digital Media Group includes ABCNEWS.com; ABC News NOW; ABC News Mobile; ABC News Productions; ABC News International; and VideoSource, ABC News’ library of historic news events dating back to 1963. ABCNEWS.com is the 24-hour online news service of ABC News launched in May 1997 and is consistently ranked among the top news sites. ABC News NOW is a 24-hour digital network that offers a wide range of live and on-demand programming and is available on cable, broadband and mobile platforms. ABC News is available anytime, anywhere on your mobile device: m.abcnews.com and on the iPhone.

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