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Major Shifts At ABC PR Coincide With Recent Anchor Changes


First on PRNewser: With the recent anchor changes at ABC News, there is a major shift in publicists representing each of the news broadcasts.

Natalie Raabe, who had been the publicist for “World News with Charles Gibson” moves to “Good Morning America.” Raabe worked with new co-anchor George Stephanopoulos at ABC’s Washington bureau. Joining Raabe at GMA is Alyssa Apple.

Current GMA publicist Bridgette Maney moves to prime-time, as “20/20″ gets a new co-anchor in Chris Cuomo. Maney worked closely with Cuomo at GMA.

And David Ford has been promoted to publicist and will now represent “World News with Diane Sawyer. The changes take effect today. All the publicists continue reporting to ABC News SVP Jeffrey Schneider.

UPDATE: Full memo from Schneider to staffers after the jump.

I wanted to share some new assignments for ABC News Media Relations that take effect today.

Alyssa Ziegler Apple will now serve as the director of publicity for “Good Morning America.” Alyssa, who was the director of publicity for “20/20″ for the past nine years, will continue to manage public relations for all Barbara Walters Specials.

Natalie Raabe will also serve as director of publicity for “Good Morning America.” Since 2006, Natalie was the director of publicity for “World News.”

Bridgette Maney has been named publicist for ABC Newsmagazines, which includes “20/20,” “Primetime,” and special primetime hours . She had served as the publicist for “Good Morning America” for the past seven years.

David Ford has been promoted to junior publicist for “World News with Diane Sawyer.” Previously, the publicity coordinator for ABC News in New York, he will work closely with Cathie Levine, VP media relations.

Emily Lenzner, executive director of communications, will continue to oversee media relations for “Nightline,” “This Week,” and ABC News’ Washington Bureau. Alison Bridgman remains in her role as director of publicity for “Nightline” and Natalia Labenskyj will continue to direct public relations for ABC News Digital, ABC News Radio, and WABC.

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