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20+ Jobs Cut in ABC News Reorg.

ABC_Logo_3.27.jpgFirst on TVNewser: Following yesterday’s announcement of a reorganization of the operations and finance areas of ABC News, TVNewser has learned as many as 21 jobs have been eliminated. However, insiders tell us a number of new jobs have already been posted, and that those who were cut are being encouraged to apply for the added positions. In the end, the insider figures around 11 jobs will be lost.

In his note yesterday, ABC News president David Westin wrote, “…we will reduce the level of operations management and the number of operations positions overall.”

Click continued to see the list of new jobs posted today at the network…


ABC News Operations has an opening for a Vice President, News Technology. Responsibilities include working with News management and other ABC departments including News Gathering, Broadcast Operations and Engineering, Finance and Human Resources to successfully direct technical resources across ABC News worldwide. The VP will lead the effort to creatively identify and acquire the most effective new technologies and create an implementation strategy across ABC News platforms. Please send resumes to David Westin, President, ABC News.

ABC News Operations has an opening for a Manager, News Technology. Responsibilities include working with News Gathering and Broadcast Operations and Engineering to manage ABC News technical resources. Take the creative lead in identifying new technology solutions for ABC News. Implement and manage new technologies across platforms. Please send resumes to Sandy Sidey, Director, Executive Projects.

ABC News Operations has an opening for an Executive Director of News Program Operations. The Executive Director directs technical/operational resources across ABC News programs — World News, GMA, Nightline, This Week, Magazines, Long Form, World News Now, America This Morning and Special Events. The Executive Director will work with the Executive Producers to allocate resources across ABC News operations to the benefit of the programs. The Executive Director will participate in the strategic development of new technologies and the creation of the appropriate new workflow. The Executive Director will also work closely with EPs and Finance to manage show budgets and enforce company policies and procedures. Please send resumes to Dave Davis, Executive Vice President.

ABC News Operations has several openings (4) for an Operations Manager, Hard News. The Operations Manager will be responsible for the day-to-day production management across ABC News Hard News platforms including scheduling crews, commercial integration, control room coverage. Must have the ability to work on remotes. 3-5 years of studio and field television production experience is required coupled with a strong technical and financial background. Please send resumes to Renu Thomas, Executive Director, Operations.

ABC News Operations has an opening for an Executive Director for News Gathering & Operations. The Executive Director will oversee logistics and operations for News Gathering, working in conjunction with the Executive Editorial Director, the News Assignment Desk and the ABC News bureaus. The Executive Director will oversee News Operations, the Logistics Desk, the News Acquisition Center (ABSAT and the Satellite Desk) and Transport to provide technical and production support for individual news assignments, including extensive remote origination for the various programs and platforms. Please send resumes to Kate O’Brian, Senior Vice President, News Gathering.

ABC News Operations has an opening for a Director, Business Continuity & Crisis Management. The Director is the first response to any interruption in the production, technical or physical operation of the division. The Director will oversee the effort to return adequate service as soon as possible, plan for the resumption of full service, direct the investigation into the cause of the failure and take whatever long term steps are necessary to prevent a recurrence of the problem. The Director will also plan and manage the regular, necessary and ordinary interruptions in production, technical or physical services (regular maintenance, upgrade in equipment or systems, etc.). The Director reports to the Vice President, News Technology. Please send resumes to Bob Murphy, VP, News Administration.

ABC News Operations has several openings (2) for a Manager, Business Continuity & Crisis Management. The Manager is responsible for any interruption in the production, technical or physical operation of the division. Responsibilities also include managing the assignment, distribution and maintenance of the communication tools necessary to gather, report and produce the news (cell phones, blackberries, computers, etc.) Serves as ACS point of contact. Please send resumes to Bob Murphy, VP, News Administration

ABC News Operations has an opening for a Director, Logistics Desk & Crew Safety. Responsibilities include day-to-day oversight of the Logistics Desk, which will coordinate deployment and maintenance of ABC News operational resources. Must have strategic understanding of the operational needs of a competitive news organization to ensure that the Logistics Desk is coordinating operations and field productions accordingly. The Director is also responsible for Crew Safety initiatives to ensure ABC News staff is trained accordingly. This position reports to the Executive Director, News Gathering & Operations. Please send resumes to David Reiter, Executive Editorial Director.

ABC News Operations has several openings (2) for a Manager, Logistics Desk & Crew Safety. The Manager will assume responsibility for coordinating logistics, operations and field production across ABC News platforms. Additional responsibilities include coordinating and managing remotes, field production, operations and new technology. The Manager will work closely with the News Assignment Desk on newsgathering activities. Please send resumes to David Reiter, Executive Editorial Director.

ABC News Operations has several openings (2) for a Coordinator, Logistics Desk. The Coordinator will be responsible for logistics and operations across ABC News platforms. Additional responsibilities include organizing crew coverage and travel. Please send resumes to David Reiter, Executive Editorial Director.

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