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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.

‘No Question Off Limits’: ABC’s George Stephanopoulos Interviews Darren Wilson

ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos has interviewed Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, releasing a photo of the interview this afternoon via Twitter.

Several network news anchors are believed to have met with Wilson in the hopes of doing his first interview after the grand jury’s decision in the death of Michael Brown, though sources tell TVNewser CBS News anchor Scott Pelley, who had been named as having had a face-to-face with Wilson, in fact did not.

GStephWilsonMore: Edited excerpts will air on “World News Tonight” and “Nightline” Tuesday, and Wednesday’s “Good Morning America.” The full interview will post on ABCNews.com tomorrow.

ABC broke into programming around 2:35pmET with Stephanopoulos anchoring a special report to promote the interview. “I’ve spent over an hour at a secret location with officer Darren Wilson,” he said, adding, “I asked him directly, I pressed him, I said, ‘would this have gone down any differently if Michael Brown were white?’ He said ‘absolutely not.’ He says he has a clean conscience over his actions that day.”

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Report: George Stephanopoulos ‘Poised’ to Land First Interview with Ferguson Officer

abc_george_stephanopoulos_2_dm_120124_wmainA day after CNN’s Brian Stelter reported a collection of network news anchors had met privately with Darren Wilson, the police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, Politico reports ABC’s George Stephanopoulos is “poised” to land the first interview. The report by Politico’s Dylan Byers cites “industry sources”:

Members of the media who were jockeying for the first sit-down with Wilson were recently told that Stephanopoulos, the chief anchor and chief political correspondent for ABC, had won rights to the interview. That agreement is subject to change: Wilson could decide to forego interviews altogether and, if he is indicted, will not be able to give an interview.

In Profile: Muir, Franics, Ramos, Benitez

2muirMAG“World News Tonight” Anchor David Muir is featured and photographed in Esquire magazine as part of a profile on the men who’ve had a breakthrough year.

FOX Business Network’s Melissa Francis was on “Oprah: Where Are They Now?” last night to discuss her past as a child actress, including a gift she received from Robin Williams.

Michael Landon was a lot of fun. He had a great sense of humor and he was a very serious businessman, but he also had a big heart. I mean, he was Santa and God rolled into one.

Fusion’s Jorge Ramos is featured in the Dec. 1 issue of Time. Ramos discussed his broadcasting role model, how Fusion is different from other networks and identifying with the Latino market. Read more

Networks Will Cover Chuck Hagel Resignation

abccbsnbclogosLess than a week after the White House got annoyed over major broadcast networks skipping President Barack Obama‘s address on immigration, networks will cover today’s special report on Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announcing his resignation.

ABC News is breaking into regularly scheduled programming today at approximately 11:10amET. George Stephanopoulos anchors for the network from New York with live reporting from Martha Raddatz and Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl from Washington D.C.

NBC will provide a special report, anchored by Savannah Guthrie in New York. As part of NBC’s coverage, Jim Miklaszewski will be at the Pentagon and Chris Jansing at the White House.

CBS will not air a special report, but will cover the announcement on CBSN. The cable news networks — which have been covering the news since The New York Times broke the story just after 9am — will also cover Obama’s remarks.

Fox broadcasting is offering an optional special report for affiliates.

Networks Divided On Use of Term ‘Illegal’

103114_illegalFlip from one channel to another, and the language used to describe the immigration debate will likely be different. Fusion’s Felix Salmon has broken down exactly where major media organizations stand on use of the phrase most often described as offensive–and banned by many newsrooms–”illegal immigrant”, finding a range of policies, from “never” to “preferred usage.”

Salmon argues there’s good reason to avoid the term:

The reason is simple: People who speed aren’t “illegal drivers,” nor are people who fall behind on their taxes “illegal filers.” Even soldiers fighting against the United States without belonging to a formal national army are generally referred to as “unlawful” rather than “illegal” combatants. The use of the term “illegal” to refer to a person is a usage which is confined to exactly one group of people: Migrants. As a result, “illegal,” when used as a noun, always means immigrants — people whose only crime is the victimless pursuit of liberty and prosperity.

According to Salmon’s breakdown, NBC, ABC, Fusion, CNN, and Univision refuse to use the term, while CBS allows its use: Read more

White House Adviser Says ‘It’s 2014′; White House Doesn’t Need Broadcast Networks

White House Senior Adviser Dan Pfeiffer laughed as CNN’s Wolf Blitzer asked him about the “snub” from the broadcast networks, who chose not to air President Obama’s address on immigration. Pfeiffer’s response was blunt: “this is 2014. We’re in a digital age.” In short, Pfeiffer was saying, having the networks break in to sweeps programming was just not essential to getting out the message:

It’s important to understand, this is 2014, you have to take a different approach to communications. We picked the time and place of this address knowing it was unlikely the networks would break away from the dramas and comedies they were showing in sweeps week, because this is the time when people would be most likely to be watching it on their smartphones, laptops and tablets.

Pfeiffer said a White House teaser video released on Facebook was watched by more than three million people ahead of the prime time speech.

White House Miffed Over Networks Skipping Immigration Address

the_white_house_0Yesterday, insiders told TVNewser that the White House did not request time from the networks for tonight’s primetime speech on immigration. According to Hadas Gold of Politico, the White House is now annoyed that the major broadcast networks will be skipping President Barack Obama‘s plan to deal with millions of illegal immigrants.

Obama’s speech is schedule for 8 pm ET tonight and will be passed over for the Winter Finale of “Grey’s Anatomy” on ABC, a new episode of “The Big Bang Theory” on CBS and “The Biggest Loser: Glory Days” on NBC. None of the networks expressed interested in bumping a hit show for Obama’s primetime address.

Speaking with Politico, a senior administration official said tonight’s speech is bigger than others that have been shown on all three networks: Read more

ABC Newsers All Over People Sexiest Man Alive Issue

sexyABC is apparently the sexiest network on broadcast television.

People has named actor Chris Hemsworth the “Sexiest Man Alive” for 2014, but football players-turned-ABC newsers Michael Strahan and Tim Tebow appear on the list.

ABC’s “World News Tonight” anchor David Muir is also featured in the issue, being named among “Men of the Year.” Muir, who we featured in a recent “My First Big Break”, discusses his idea of a perfect evening.

People’s “Sexiest Man Alive” special issue hits newsstands November 21.

Matthew Olsen Joins ABC News

MatthewOlsenMatthew Olsen, a former federal prosecutor and NSA official, is joining ABC News as a contributor based in Washington, DC.

Most recently, Olsen was Director of the National Counterterrorism Center, reporting directly to President Obama and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper. “Matt’s expertise and deep knowledge will be an invaluable asset to our already exceptional team,” writes ABC News president James Goldston in a note to staff. Olsen will work with Martha Raddatz, Brian Ross and Pierre Thomas, along with other ABC News counter-terrorism analysts.

“I look forward to even more great journalism and insider reporting from this powerhouse team,” Goldston writes.

Colbert Offers ‘Survival Tips from GMA’

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Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert says “when it comes to blowing it out for ratings, no one blows harder than ‘Good Morning America’.”

Colbert notes that GMA’s Matt Gutman has been focusing on something “every American can relate to–fighting off bears and sharks.”

“These GMA tips are absolutely critical to survive an attack that GMA just as critically admits will never happen,” Colbert said.

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