Alphabet taps Cho for online post

Position reps a minor achievement in 'net news services

HOLLYWOOD — ABC’s online 24-hour news channel has named Alina Cho as its first on-air correspondent, anchoring live coverage and introducing news reports.

Appointment was announced by Bernard Gershon, senior VP-general manager of ABCNews.com, and ABC News prexy David Westin.

It marks a minor achievement in the evolution of online news services, which largely have consisted of repurposed material from news orgs’ more traditional radio and TV programming.

Cho will oversee breaking news on the ABC News Live service and intro pieces culled from several of the news division’s programs. Based in New York, she will be on air during the day, when the service typically sees its heaviest use, mostly from office workers with access to fast Internet connections but not to TVs.

ABC launched ABC News Live just before the start of the U.S. invasion of Iraq. The programming is available as a subscription service through the company’s ABCNews.com site.

Cho has worked as a substitute anchor and as a reporter for ABC’s overnight news programs and its NewsOne service since joining the Alphabet 17 months ago. She previously worked at an ABC affil in Tampa, Fla., and for Chicagoland Television.

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