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Abc To Launch 24-Hour News Service

ABC is joining the growing list of challengers to CNN, hoping the help of its local affiliates will give it a selling point that sets it apart from all-news ventures planned by NBC and Rupert Murdoch.

The network said Tuesday it will launch a 24-hour, all-news channel in early 1997, providing an alternative - rather than a competitor - to the pioneer in the field, CNN.

CNN, the pioneer in round-the-clock television news, reacted calmly.

“While we respect our colleagues at ABC, we are confident that our record of excellence, the ongoing improvements to our existing services and an exciting array of new services will enable us to compete successfully with their newly announced service,” spokesman Steve Haworth said.

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