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While the culinary skills of Master Chef may hold the attention of some Australians tonight, many will be tuning into the official launch of ABC’s 24 Hour new channel.

It’s been a topic of much conversation around the country, and our office, since ABC Managing Director Mark Scott made the announcement earlier this year.

And as the months have passed, the anticipation has built with an exciting range of programs, contributing journalists and new formats announced.

So what will we see tonight?

Well according to the media, there is going to be a major announcement kicking off the broadcast with Kerry O’Brien at the healm (who didn’t notice Kerry in the 80s on Sunday’s Hawke on Ten?)

Before the clock strikes 7.30, we thought we’d take a little peak at some of the 24 hour news network’s operating around the world.

If you’re spending time in the US (or pretty much anywhere around the world) you can catch the trailblazing CNN. I love that CNN launched with a husband and wife news reading team! Since CNN’s debut, more than 70 television channels have launched with 24-hour news coverage.

And we can’t create a list of 24 hour news channel without mentioing Aljazeera. Headquartered in Doha, Qatar, the station gained worldwide attention following the September 11, 2001 attacks, when it was the only channel to cover the war in Afghanistan live from its office there.

If you’re wanting 24 hour coverage of business news, there is CNBC World, a business news channel operated in the United States by NBC Universal.

How about if you’re in Russia? Want to know what’s happening, change the channel to Russia 24 (formally known as Vesti) which covers major national and international events.

And if you’re in Indonesia, check out their first 24-hour news channel, Metro TV. The station was established nearly 10 years ago and now has more than 53 transmission sites all over the country.

Or if you’re in New Zealand for a spot of bungy jumping, tune into their commercial-free 24-hour news and information channel, TVNZ 7, which has been on Freeview digital television since March 2008.

And of course, in Australia but only on Pay TV, there is Sky News.

If you can’t wait for tonight, check out the preview below and then get ready to settle in for non-stop news from around Australia and the world.

We can’t wait to wake up with Virginia Trioli and her fellow breakfasteers and fall asleep with Tony Jones and Leigh Sales. While you can do both already, it’s always nice to have a new home to do it in! 🙂

Enjoy your news,

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