‘ABC World News with Diane Sawyer’ debuts with new look

‘World News with Diane Sawyer’ debuted with a new look and overall feel Monday.

The new graphics, using blue hues and ditching the previous floating cubes, were the first major change in graphics in five years for ABC World News. Continue reading for our complete review and many screenshots of the changes.

The first major change to the show is the graphics package. Gone are the red and blue colors, now shades of blue and white (almost a cream color) adorn the screen. The open still features the globe of years past but the globe now has a new center role.

The globe has been mapped with a nighttime view of Earth with the visible light creating hot spots as light circles the globe.

Previous Open:
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New Open:

The graphics are a big improvement and look very polished compared to some of ABC’s other news properties. In some ways, they also match a few other ABC brands. Is ABC moving towards a more unified brand like CBS News?

The set was also updated with new blue graphics on the desk and walls. The RP now uses a blue loop instead of the previous yellow, red and blue gradient. The oddly placed 3D logo was also removed from the front of the anchor desk.

Overall, the newsroom part of the set seems more open and it appears some panels have been removed to make the background cleaner. This openness works well for on set interviews.

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After:
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Overall, the new ‘ABC World News with Diane Sawyer’ brand is strong and cohesive and works great for Sawyer’s style.

The graphics all work well together and the brand appears to be fully thought out, unlike some networks. The new brand is one of the better evening news brands now on the air and will help carry ABC News into the future.

The one thing we do miss though, Bill Rice’s voice. The new open voiceover seems like almost an afterthought to the whole process…

View more shots of the updated set and graphics on the ABC World News page of the graphics section.

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