A Current Affair (U.S. TV series)

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A Current Affair
A Current Affair logo.
Genre Television news magazine
Presented by Maury Povich (1986–1990)
Maureen O'Boyle (1990–1994)
Penny Daniels (1994–1995)
Jon Scott (1995–1996)
Tim Green (2005)
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Executive producer(s) Peter Brennan
Running time 22–24 minutes
Production company(s) 20th Century Fox Television
Distributor 20th Television
Original network Syndication
Original release July 28, 1986 (1986-07-28) – October 28, 2005 (2005-10-28)
External links
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A Current Affair is an American television newsmagazine that aired in syndication from July 1986 to 1996 before reappearing briefly in March 2005. The show was produced by 20th Century Fox,[1] and long based at Fox's New York flagship WNYW.


Maury Povich and WNYW news anchors Maureen O'Boyle and Jim Ryan both served as show hosts during its original run. Its creator and producer was Peter Brennan. One of its lead personalities was Steve Dunleavy, a columnist for the New York Post, which like WNYW and Fox Television is part of the News Corporation empire.

Initially, the show was broadcast as an irreverent, late-night New York City broadcast on WNYW, but as it expanded, and under the direction of Brennan and producers Burt Kearns and Wayne Darwen, the show began to cover stories throughout America that were overlooked or ignored by the then-dominant network news organizations.

The logo of the show is a distinctive pyramid with a "zoom-like" sound effect (immortalized as the "ka-chung") for a theme. While showing some hard news stories, the focus of the show is often entertainment, scandals, gossip and exploitative tabloid journalism. It was popular during the 1990s when magazine-type news shows were common during daytime television. Its main competitors were Hard Copy and Inside Edition (The latter of which remains on the air today), along with the many talk shows that dominated daytime TV during the 1990s.[2]


On March 21, 2005, the series was revived after a nine-year hiatus. Former Atlanta Falcons defensive end and lawyer Tim Green hosted the new edition,[3] known unofficially as ACA 2. In resurrecting the show, Fox gave the show a more serious tone by covering more news and crime, rather than entertainment-oriented stories. As with the original incarnation, overt politicizing was left out of the show. The series aired on all Fox owned and operated stations (O&Os). This resurrection would be short lived, however, as the departure from the Fox organization of Lachlan Murdoch and his replacement by Fox News chief Roger Ailes led to Fox's announcement that Ailes would replace the show with Geraldo at Large in November 2005, only seven months after ACA 2 premiered.

Suspicions that Ailes pulled the show because the ACA team was competing with, and sometimes besting his cable Fox News Channel, were intensified in October 2005, when, after its cancellation was announced, ACA broadcast an exclusive interview with Natalee Holloway murder suspect Joran van der Sloot, and Rivera revealed to the press that Ailes planned to use the timeslot as a beachhead for the establishment of a Fox News nightly newscast.[4]


  1. Brooks, Tim; Marsh, Earle F. (2007-10-17). The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows, 1946-Present (9 ed.). Ballantine Books. p. 306. ISBN 0-345-49773-2.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
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  3. "'A Current Affair' to return to television". msnbc.msn.com. 2005-01-13.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Geraldo Rivera to Launch New News Program From Twentieth Television in November

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