ABC News Revives 'Turning Point' As Special Series Reporting On Racial Reckoning

Turning Point
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Special series will air in 'Nightline' timeslot of 12:35 AM starting September 8.

ABC News will launch a new series exploring "the racial reckoning sweeping the nation and whether it leads to lasting reconciliation." The monthlong series will be called Turning Point, reviving the name of a special series that last aired in the 1990s.

Turning Point will kick off September 8 in the current Nightline timeslot of 12:05 AM, supplemented by special reporting across all of ABC's news and talk programming. Nightline will return to its normal 12:35 AM timeslot starting Sept. 21 when Kimmel returns from hiatus. Turning Point will be produced by the Nightline team and ABC News' race & culture unit.

Anchors and correspondents confirmed to appear on the programming include Juju Chang, Byron Pitts, Diane Sawyer, Robin Roberts, Michael Strahan, George Stephanopoulos, David Muir, Linsey Davis, Amy Robach, John Quiñones, Pierre Thomas, Deborah Roberts, Steve Osunsami, Martha Raddatz, and others.

Among the segments in the works: animations narrated by Whoopi Goldberg exploring the topic of reparations, David Muir reporting on the impact COVID-19 is having on hard-hit communities, and inspiring stories about people and groups working toward equality from the Good Morning America team. The View will also spotlight the series during social Hot Topics segments.

“Over the past few weeks and months, there has been a fever pitch echoing across the nation for this country to combat and undo its hundreds of years of systemic racism and inequities,” said Marie Nelson, senior vp of integrated content strategy for ABC News, in a statement explaining the series. “With these special Turning Point reports our viewers will see our commitment to addressing this pivotal moment. This next month ABC News will provide context, history and hope with meaningful and impactful stories across broadcast, streaming, digital, audio and mobile.”