Originally created 04/01/97

ABC, Discovery Channel to collaborate on programming



NEW YORK - ABC News and the Discovery Channel announced a two-year deal Monday to collaborate on science-oriented TV programming, including a weekly newscast that begins this week.

The half-hour news program, "Discovery News," will use ABC correspondents and air Fridays at 9 p.m. EST on the Discovery Channel.

ABC will also produce nightly science "news breaks" for the cable network and provide live coverage of major science news such as space launches and natural disasters.

"Almost every story today has some scientific angle to it, and more often than not, there is some major science story breaking during the week that we'd like to cover more than we do," said ABC News chairman Roone Arledge.

The agreement won't result in any new programming at ABC.

ABC and Discovery wouldn't give financial details of the arrangement.

"Discovery News" will be anchored by ABC correspondent Steve Aveson.

The announcement came on the same day that CBS launched its new cable network, CBS Eye on People. ABC last year abandoned plans to start its own cable news network but has worked from time to time with Discovery on science specials.