The program was transferred to sister station Channel 3 on the 10:00pm time slot a year later. This happened when Channel 9 premiered Newsbreak with Bong Lapira, who transferred from rival newscast The Big News on ABC. The newscast continued until ABS-CBN's closure by the Marcos government during the declaration of Martial Law in September 1972.
The roster of field reporters for the newscast in its pre-Martial Law days included Orly Mercado, Jun Bautista, Tony Seva, Tony Lozano, Boo Chanco, Philip Pigao, Lito Tacujan and Danny Hernandez.
The World Tonight returned to television on September 15, 1986, coinciding with ABS-CBN Channel 2's reopening. It was anchored by Larry Ng (an ABS-CBN executive during the pre-Martial Law era), Angelo Castro Jr. (then the network's news director) and Loren Legarda. Ng left the newscast after a while, and was replaced by Korina Sanchez. However, Sanchez eventually left the newscast to concentrate on hosting the morning show Magandang Umaga (later Magandang Umaga Po), leaving Castro and Legarda as main anchors, with Ces Oreña-Drilon (business), Cathy Yap-Yang (business) and Dyan Castillejo (sports) joining in the '90s as segment anchors. Sanchez returns as an anchor but only on Saturday Edition along with Castro, Drillon, Castillejo additional segments with Angelique Lazo (entertainment) and Bon Divar (alternating anchor with Castro)
Legarda left the newscast in 1998 to run for senator. She was replaced by Tina Monzon-Palma, who used to anchor rival newscasts GMA Headline News (on GMA) and The Big News (on the reopened ABC).
The newscast ran on Channel 2 until December 15, 1999, then moved to the network's 24-hour news channel ANC on January 1, 2000. The program continues to be one of ANC's flagship newscasts. During its ABS-CBN days, it was simulcast via SNN (Sarimanok News Network) (ANC's former name) from 1996-1999.
On March 2001, The World Tonight relaunched to its present graphics