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ABC News is the news gathering and program production division of the ABC TV network, a subsidiary of the Disney/ABC TV Group. ABC News programs include “Good Morning America,” “World News Tonight with David Muir,” “Nightline,” “20/20,” and “This Week.” James Goldston is the president of ABC News. He succeeded Ben Sherwood who was elevated to the position of co-president of the Disney/ABC TV Group in March 2014.

There She Is….

MissOklahomaFinal preparations are underway in Atlantic City this afternoon for tonight’s Miss America Competition, where you’ll be seeing several familiar TV News faces. ABC’s coverage begins at 8pmET with an ABC News special “Countdown to Miss America.” Sam Haskell, chairman and CEO of the Miss America Organization told our sister site TVSpy what to expect for tonight’s 60th anniversary show.

“20/20″ is doing an hour-long special on Miss America, [hosted by "Good Morning America's" Amy Robach]. So we’ll be expanding our reach and it will essentially be a 3 hour event. We’ve got Chris Harrison from The Bachelor hosting with Lara Spencer, plus Gretchen Carlson will giving us behind the scenes coverage. It’s going to be a great show.

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Tom Cibrowski Will Wake Up Later on Monday

Today was Tom Cibrowski‘s final day as Senior EP of “Good Morning America.” Cibrowski moves upstairs at ABC News to the position of senior VP of programs, newsgathering and special events. Michael Corn, below with Cibrowski in Amy Robach‘s Twitter montage, takes over as EP of “GMA.” Corn had been EP of “World News with Diane Sawyer.”

 

Rosie O’Donnell: Look for a More ‘Objective’ View

TheNewViewRehearsals continued today for the new “View,” which debuts Monday. Returning host Rosie O’Donnell says the audition process for the new season, “was very much like the ‘Hunger Games.’”

“I think Whoopi and I were both a little shocked at having to do a chemistry test,” O’Donnell tells Variety. “I don’t know if there’s a way to test that. It felt very negative and competitive.” Rosie Perez and Nicolle Wallace made the cut.

And Rosie still hasn’t buried the hatchet with one of her former co-hosts, “Fox & Friends’” Elisabeth Hasselbeck:

O’Donnell regularly clashed with former exec producer [Bill] Geddie and Hasselbeck, who exited in 2013. “Elisabeth would go into the dressing room with (Bill) and go over Republican talking points that are sent out every day, and then come out and recite what she had ingested,” O’Donnell says. “I tried to get her to talk more about her own self and how she felt rather than being a robotic pundit.”

Hasselbeck has chosen not to comment on Rosie’s latest comments about her. As for how the new season will compare to seasons’ past:

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Tim Tebow Joins ‘Good Morning America’ as Contributor

TebowRobertsWith football dominating much of the news this week, “Good Morning America” is adding another former NFL star to its roster.

Tim Tebow will join “GMA” as a contributor on Monday, September 15, the network announced today. Tebow will launch the “Motivate Me Monday” series for the morning show, spotlighting individuals and their “amazing stories of triumph,” according to the network.

The former Florida Gator, who is also an analyst for ESPN’s SEC Network, will appear in-studio and in towns across America as part of the “GMA” series.  Tebow’s addition adds to the morning show’s athletic ranks. Former New York Giants star—and co-host of “Live! with Kelly and Michael”—Michael Strahan joined the show earlier this year.

Joan Rivers Specials Watched by 10M Viewers

Rivers2020A pair of Joan Rivers specials drew more than 10 million viewers Friday night. NBC’s “Dateline” special at 9pmET was watched by 4.77 million viewers, while ABC’s “20/20″ at 10pmET drew 5.34 million. “20/20″ was the number one show of the night in the A18-49 demo, with a 1.0 rating/4 share. “Dateline” won its hour in viewers and tied with ABC’s “Shark Tank” in the demo (.9/3). Rivers died Thursday a week after going into cardiac arrest during an outpatient procedure.

At 8pm, the big four broadcasters, along with about 20 other cable networks, carried the one-hour Stand up to Cancer telethon. On ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC, the special was watched by a combined 8.8 million viewers.

Rob Marciano Makes His ABC News Debut

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Former “Entertainment Tonight” co-host Rob Marciano made his debut on ABC News last night. On “World News Tonight,” Marciano, who is ABC’s Senior Meteorologist talked with David Muir about Hurricane Norbert in the Pacific and rough weekend weather in the midwest. Marciano, a longtime meteorologist for CNN, was back on “Good Morning America” this morning, where he’ll be a part of the weekend team.

Networks to Pay Tribute to Joan Rivers

JoanRiversFNC304Networks will remember legendary comedian Joan Rivers this weekend.

Tonight, the newsmagazines pay tribute. At 9pmET, NBC’s “Dateline” will present “Celebrating Joan Rivers.” The hour-long special, co-anchored by Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb, will feature tributes from Kathy Griffin, Dick Cavett, Donald Trump, Don Rickles, and Gilbert Gottfried.

An hour later at 10pmET, ABC’s “20/20″ will air “Joan Rivers: Living for the Laugh.”  The special, anchored by David Muir, will feature reporting from Barbara Walters, John Quinones, and Chris Connelly.

And on Sunday night, Fox News presents “Geraldo Rivera Reports: Joan Rivers” at 9pmET. Rivera will interview various guests close to Rivers and show clips from her comedy career. Rivers died yesterday at 81 a week after she stopped breathing during a throat procedure.

ABC Newsers Celebrate at ‘Rock’n Robin’ Launch Party

Champagne glasses were raised high on a sun-glazed Manhattan rooftop last night as Robin Roberts thanked friends, colleagues, and loved ones on the day her production company launched.

“I’m wearing my father’s watch and my mother’s bracelet,” a teary-eyed Roberts said during a toast. “I don’t do that often, they usually just stay in my apartment, but I put them on, because this is something they wanted for me.”

“When you sometimes watch news and television and everything, you turn off the set and you’re just like, ‘oh my gosh, why should I get up in the morning?’ Roberts told TVNewser. “My ultimate goal is that if anybody sees our programming is that they’re going to feel inspired, and they’re going to feel the best is yet to come no matter what kind of situation they’re in.”

Roberts heaped praise on ABC, where she’s worked for 25 years of the 30 years she’s been in the business. “How many can say that?,” she says. “I think my loyalty has been rewarded, and it’s been a two-way street. We’ve helped each other, and they’ve stood by me in some very difficult times.”

And many of Roberts’ colleagues expressed support as she spreads her wings.

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David Muir’s ‘Responsibility’ to Jennings, Gibson, and Sawyer

MuirHe was the weekend anchor for “World News” for the last few years, but when 6:30pmET struck on Monday, David Muir felt it.

“I did feel the butterflies,” Muir told TVNewser at the launch party for Robin Roberts’ production company last night. “I walked down that hallway, the same hallway that Jennings, Gibson, and Sawyer walked down, and I would be lying if I didn’t say I felt a responsibility to them and to the folks at home.”

“All I wanted to do on Monday night, was somehow message to the viewers what an honor this is, and to somehow find a way to thank Diane for being a true friend and more than a friend; a force who I’ve been lucky to travel the world with and who’s now cheering me on. It’s been a great gift.”

Last week, Muir spoke with us about his plans to hit the road for “World News Tonight.”

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More Behind-the-Scenes Changes at ABC News

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The flurry of behind-the-scenes moves at ABC News continues.

“This Week” EP Jonathan Greenberger has been promoted to VP and DC Bureau Chief while Robin Sproul, who’s served as DC Bureau Chief for 21 years, has been upped to VP of Public Affairs, network President James Goldston announced today. Greenberger will also stay on as head of the Sunday show.

Goldston praised both in a note to staff: “In the past year alone, she [Robin] has been named one of the “100 Most Influential People in Washington,” one of Washingtonian Magazine’s “Most Powerful Women,” and was awarded the “First Amendment Service Award” by the RTDNA.”

“In the year since he was appointed Executive Producer of “This Week”, Jonathan and his team have reinvented the Sunday morning news format, doubling down on their commitment to covering policy and politics while also embracing new ways of telling stories.”

These changes, first reported by Politico, come after a busy last week. As we first reported, “Good Morning America” SR. EP Tom Cibrowski‘ was promoted to senior VP of programs, newsgathering and special events. That change produced two others: “World News” EP Michael Corn taking over as EP of “GMA” and “Nightline” EP Almin Karamehmedovic taking the reins at “World News.”

Goldston’s full note after the jump.

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