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Morning Media Newsfeed: ABC News, CPI Spar | FNC to Debut Daytime Ensemble | Discovery Drops U.K. Bid

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ABC News Asking Center for Public Integrity to Share Pulitzer Prize (TVNewser)
ABC News is calling on the Center for Public Integrity to share its Pulitzer Prize for investigative journalism, awarded to CPI’s Chris Hamby, taking issue with CPI’s Pulitzer submission that depicts ABC News as a minor partner in a year-long coal-mining industry investigation instead of equal partners. HuffPost Network president Ben Sherwood sent a four-page letter to CPI’s executive director Bill Buzenberg affirming that ABC News was CPI’s partner in the investigation. He argued that reporters Brian Ross and Matthew Mosk made “significant contributions” without which CPI would not have won the Pulitzer. He added that while the prizes are only awarded to print organizations, he hoped the Pulitzer committee would recognize Ross and Mosk. Mediaite In the letter, Sherwood said Buzenberg “omitted the names of ABC News reporters and sought to parse and diminish their contributions, even though their bylines appropriately appear on four of the eight articles submitted by the Center to the committee.” Poynter In response, Buzenberg provided a point-by-point rebuttal saying CPI reporter Chris Hamby was the engine behind the story for months before ABC entered the investigation and in long stretches when ABC was working on other things. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media CPI and ABC News have shared recognition for the black lung benefits story in the past. In March, the Harvard Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting was awarded to Chris Hamby, Ronnie Greene, Jim Morris and Chris Zubak-Skees of CPI and Matthew Mosk, Brian Ross and Rhonda Schwartz of ABC News. Next month, the White House Correspondents’ Association will honor “The Center for Public Integrity, in partnership with ABC News.” On Wednesday, they received an award from the Society of Professional Journalists. Television news organizations are excluded from the Pulitzer Prizes, which honor newspaper and digital reporting.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Colbert to Late Show | CNN Revamps Primetime | ABC News Ups Goldston

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Stephen Colbert to Succeed David Letterman as Host of The Late Show (TVNewser)
It’s official: Stephen Colbert will take over as the host of CBS’ The Late Show when David Letterman retires next year. Specifics of Colbert’s show — including the premiere date, producers and location — will be determined after the timeline is decided for Letterman’s retirement, CBS said. Capital New York The rank and file at The Colbert Report, his Comedy Central show, are operating on the assumption they are invited to follow the comedian to staff The Late Show and stay in New York, someone familiar with Colbert’s transition plan said. Variety When Colbert sits behind the desk of the CBS program, he will do it with a new presentation — not as the right-wing caricature he plays in his current perch on Comedy Central. “He is not going to play that character,” said Nina Tassler, chairman of CBS Entertainment, in an interview. THR / The Live Feed The Colbert Report, which launched in 2005, has earned an Emmy win for outstanding variety series (2013) and three Emmy wins for writing for a variety, music or comedy program (2013, 2010, 2008). Before that, Colbert spent eight years as a correspondent on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show With Jon Stewart as an on-air personality and writer of news satire. He also has written two books — I Am America (And So Can You!) and America Again: Re-Becoming The Greatness We Never Weren’t — and won a Grammy for spoken word for America Again earlier this year. Mashable Several media outlets quoted network executives saying the deal came together quickly after Letterman’s retirement, including breakneck negotiations with several candidates. Craig Ferguson, whose Late Late Show comes on after Letterman’s, was never seen as a true contender for the slot; it remains to be seen whether he’ll stick around after being passed over. Other names thrown in the mix were Chelsea Handler and Neil Patrick Harris — but even as top contenders, they were dark horses at best. For nearly 18 months, Colbert was always CBS’ guy.

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James Goldston Named President of ABC News

James Goldston has been tapped as the next president of ABC News. Goldston has been with ABC News since 2004, when he joined as a senior producer. He most recently served as senior VP for content and development, since 2012.

Goldston will now oversee all editorial and business decisions in ABC’s News Division, which includes all ABC News programs on ABC, ABC News Radio and abcnews.com. He succeeds Ben Sherwood, who was recently promoted to co-president of the Disney/ABC Television Group.

In a note to staffers announcing the move, Sherwood described Goldston as “An award-winning journalist, masterful programmer, and innovative businessman.”

Sherwood’s full memo is below.

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ABC News Hires Ray Kelly

ray-kelly-300x225ABC News has hired Ray Kelly, our fine city’s former police chief, as a law enforcement consultant.

At ABC, Kelly will be asked to help identify and oppress any member of a minority who has committed a crime, thought about committing a crime, or is simply walking around. Kidding!

In a memo obtained by TVNewser, Ben Sherwood, president of ABC News, said Kelly “will provide our viewers with an even deeper understanding of national security and intelligence issues at home and overseas.”

For more on this and Sherwood’s full note announcing Kelly, click through to TVNewser.

Morning Media Newsfeed: Sweeney’s Successor | Weiner to Pen Column at BI | Bartiromo Given FNC Show

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Disney Names Ben Sherwood as Anne Sweeney’s Successor (THR)
ABC News president Ben Sherwood has been named Anne Sweeney’s successor as co-chairman of Disney Media Networks and president of Disney/ABC Television Group. He’ll officially take over the role on Feb. 1, 2015. TVNewser Sherwood will begin the transition immediately and take on the role of co-president of Disney/ABC while also overseeing ABC News until his successor is named. Variety Sherwood was a front-runner for the job ever since Sweeney shocked industry on March 11 when she announced she was resigning as of January 2015 to pursue a career as a television director. Sherwood steered the rise of Good Morning America and brokered deals like ABC News’ partnership with Yahoo!. He will also serve as co-chairman of Disney Media Networks alongside ESPN’s John Skipper. NYT Among Sherwood’s first decisions — with oversight from Disney chairman Bob Iger and Sweeney — will be the choice of his own successor in the news division. “We have a deep bench of leaders at ABC News,” he said. The standout candidate for that job is James Goldston, the senior vice president of ABC News who has been instrumental first in the revival of the late-night program Nightline and then in the rise of GMAWSJ Sherwood was named president of ABC News in December 2010. He is responsible for all aspects of ABC News’ broadcasts. In addition, Sherwood oversees ABC News Radio, ABCnews.com, satellite service NewsOne and ABC News Now. ABC News reaches a combined audience of well over 270 million people a month on television, on radio and online, and is enjoying significant audience growth driven by a creative renaissance and innovative deal-making. In addition, during Sherwood’s tenure, the news division has won the most prestigious honors in the industry.

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David Zinczenko Joins ABC News

David Zinczenko has another gig: He’s joining ABC News as a nutrition and wellness editor. Zinczenko will continue to serve as editorial director of Men’s Fitness.

At ABC News, Zinczenko will “appear on all our programs and platforms, helping our audience understand the whole picture of healthy living, from diet to exercise to sleep,” according to a memo from Ben Sherwood, president of ABC News.

The full note from Sherwood is below.

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Dan Abrams Joins Nightline

Dan Abrams, the man behind the Abrams Media empire, is joining ABC’s Nightline as an anchor and chief legal affairs anchor. Abrams is also getting an expanded role on Good Morning America and pretty much everywhere else.

“Dan brings a passion for news and an entrepreneurial zeal to all of his work,” said Ben Sherwood, ABC News’ president, in a statement. “Now he’ll have new opportunities to deliver his signature reporting to the Nightline audience, in prime time on ABC’s The Lookout, in the mornings on GMA, and on World News, ABCNews.com, ABC News Radio, and all our platforms.”

For more on this story, head over to TVNewser.

ABC News’ Investigative Team Hires Two, Adds Two More From In-House

ABC News hired James Gordon Meek and Josh Margolin to its investigative team, and added its radio reporter Aaron Katersky and Lee Ferran from its web division to the muckraking arm.

Meek, a New York Daily News veteran, will join the Washington bureau next month as an investigative producer. Most recently, he served as senior counterterrorism advisor and investigator for the House Committee on Homeland Security — tackling such threats as the aftermath of the Boston bombing.

And from The New York Post comes Margolin, a new senior investigative reporter, whose cover story in the News Corp. tabloid last month revealed political operatives attempting to rig the New York City mayoral election.

Meanwhile, Katersky, an ABC News Radio correspondent, will now take on investigative duties. And Ferran, an investigative reporter on the digital team, will become the editor of “The Blotter” blog on ABCNews.com

Read ABC News President Ben Sherwood‘s full memo to the staff below:

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Same Old New | Repeats | Trying Hard

AllFacebook: Facebook is adding more unnecessary updates to its iPhone and iPad apps, so get excited! Please don’t tell us if you’re actually excited.

FishbowlDC: A Time reporter covered two of President Obama’s press conferences by tweeting almost identical updates. Of course Obama said basically the same thing twice, so it’s kind of hard to be mad at Time’s man. However, experts are reportedly looking for a way.

TVNewser: Ben Sherwood, ABC News’ president, says GMA is “Scrappy,” but we typically describe it as “One of the two awful morning shows.”

Matt Lauer Hating Is in Full Swing

In a long New York piece, the drama surrounding the Today show is explored. It’s well worth reading, but here’s a quick summary: Matt Lauers day in the sun is officially over.

For awhile now, people have suspected Lauer was the reason that Ann Curry was fired, and this piece does nothing but fan those flames. The Lauer hating is officially in overdrive. Below are just a few highlights:

    • Lauer was the reason GMA was gaining on Today, not Curry. An independent study found that the public liked Curry more than Lauer. One anonymous source said Lauer was becoming Bryant Gumbel. Minus the hair, obviously.
    • Lauer knew Curry was getting fired and despite probably being able to save her, he didn’t. Like New York explains, that doesn’t make him a “horrible person,” but it certainly won’t gain him any fans.
    • Lauer doesn’t like Brian Stelter. This is a huge no-no in New York media. Everyone likes Stelter. What’s not to like? But Lauer “refused to give Stelter an interview, believing he was working hand in glove with Ben Sherwood to tear him down in the press.” Stelter denies this claim, but nevertheless, he’s referred to as Lauer’s “nemesis.” This automatically makes him our nemesis, so we’ll see you by the willow tree, Lauer. Three o’clock sharp. Be ready to rumble fancy news boy.

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