ABC News to Air ‘The Fallen’ on Memorial Day

May 24, 2005  •  Post A Comment

ABC News announced Tuesday that it will once again make an extended edition of “Nightline” a tribute to the more than 900 United States military men and women killed in Iraq and Afghanistan since it broadcast the first such tribute a year ago.

The special “Nightline,” titled “The Fallen,” is expected to run about 45 minutes and to once again feature a reading of the names, accompanied by photographs, of the casualties. It will air at 11:35 p.m. (ET) Monday, May 30 — Memorial Day.

Last year’s reading of 721 names set off a swirl of headlines after Sinclair Broadcast Group forbade the ABC affiliates it owns to run the tribute, accusing “Nightline” of making a political statement against the war with the special edition.

In return, media advocacy groups and some politicians accused Sinclair of basing its decision not to carry the “Nightline” on conservative politics and an attempt to support the war in Iraq.

There was no immediate word whether Sinclair’s ABC affiliates will carry this year’s Memorial Day tribute. An ABC News spokeswoman said Tuesday that the network was unaware of any plans by local stations to pre-empt the program.