Jonathan Greenberger, the 31-year-old executive producer of ABC’s “This Week,” just got his Disney Pin for one year of employment with the company. But his association with ABC goes back several years, to when he first got out of college and was George Stephanopoulos‘ assistant. For his “Open Mike” series, Politico’s Mike Allen talks with Greenberger about how he’s putting his stamp on the long-running ABC News program. “There are so many interesting things happening around the country and around the world about important issues, and we’re trying to get out there, spend more time in the field and tell the stories in that way.” WATCH:
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 with Diane Sawyer,” “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.
“Good Morning America” weekend co-anchor Bianna Golodryga (far left) is leaving ABC News and joining Yahoo! News where she will be news and finance anchor.
The New York Times reports Golodryga made the move for “the opportunity to delve into more detail on topics ranging from Russia to Wall Street and everything in between.” Golodryga joined “GMA’s” weekend show in 2010. We hear she might still pop up from time to time on “GMA” since Yahoo! and ABC News are partners. Golodryga joins other recent high-profile Yahoo! hires including Katie Couric and David Pogue.
>>Update: Katie Couric is happy about Golodryga’s arrival. Read more
As we reported yesterday, and ABC is making official this morning, Rob Marciano is leaving “Entertainment Tonight” to join ABC News as senior meteorologist. ABC News president James Goldston emailed his staff this morning with the news.
“Rob is a superb reporter with wide-ranging experience and true passion for weather and I look forward to watching him work alongside Ginger and the GMA team,” Goldston writes. His full note after the jump…
Rob Marciano is exiting “Entertainment Tonight” and returning to the weather beat for ABC News, a network spokesperson confirms to TVNewser. Marciano will join ABC as senior meteorologist in early September.
Marciano spent 10 years at CNN as a meteorologist and weather reporter. He left the network in late 2012 and in January, 2013 began co-hosting “Entertainment Tonight” alongside former local news anchor Nancy O’Dell.
The weekend editions of “Good Morning America” have been using meteorologists from ABC affiliates for the last 6 months, since Ginger Zee took on weekday duties. Zee replaced Sam Champion last December when Champion left ABC for the Weather Channel.
“The Wrap” was first to report Marciano was departing “ET.”
Amy Robach is in Nigeria today to interview Malala Yousafzai as she lends her voice to the cause of bringing back the 223 young girls kidnapped by Boko Haram in Nigeria more than three months ago. The interview coincides with Malala’s 17th birthday and Malala Day, which is celebrated around the world today.
The assignment is also Robach’s first major trip since she completed eight rounds of chemotherapy for breast cancer in April. In addition to a one-on-one interview with Malala, Robach covered a meeting between Malala and parents of the missing girls, many of whom traveled 15 hours to meet with her in northern Nigeria.
“Physically, I am feeling great, but this is an emotionally taxing assignment,” Robach tells TVNewser. “Today I watched courageous fathers, who traveled for hours through dangerous territory to be here, cry as they spoke to Malala about their missing daughters. There was not a dry eye in the room.” Read more
The ABC News program “NY Med” was the most-watched show on broadcast TV in its 10pm timeslot for the third week running. The show, which takes viewers inside New York-area hospitals for real-life emergencies, averaged 5.2 million total viewers and was up week-to-week: +11% in viewers and up +29% in A18-49 viewers.
Among total viewers, the show topped NBC’s “Last Comic Standing,” and a repeat of CBS’ “Extant.” In the demo that means the most to advertisers in primetime, A18-49, “NY Med” was fourth, with Univision first in the 10pm hour.
Hasselbeck noted that she’s given her take on all of “The View’s” recent exits—not just O’Donnell’s return—and would be open to speaking with her former co-host.
“On Tuesday evening, we made a mistake…I misidentified these powerful images,” Sawyer said while showing images of Palestinians in Gaza following Israeli missile strikes (pictured left).
“The people in these photos are Palestinians in Gaza in the aftermath of an airstrike by Israel, not Israelis, as I mistakenly describe them. And we want you to know we are truly sorry for the error.”
While misidentifying the scene, Sawyer had described “an Israeli family trying to salvage what they can.”
What’s it take to turn real-life medical drama into a weekly TV show?
The producers of ABC News’s “New York Med” have added it up.
The third episode of the show’s second season airs tonight on ABC. Since filming began, crews have shuffled between 14 hospitals, interviewing 1,823 patients — all of whom signed consent forms — and recording 96 surgeries.
“Most of these statistics don’t surprise us because we’ve made a hospital series on this scale before,” EP Terry Wrong tells TVNewser, who oversaw ABC’s “Boston Med” in the summer of 2010. “However,” Wrong adds, “we have never seen or imagined a patient surviving 12 bullet wounds with almost no damage apart from holes that needed stitching. This series always reminds not just how fragile but how resilient the human body is.”
Some other noteworthy numbers after the jump… Read more
Rosie O’Donnell is returning to “The View” as a co-host in the fall, ABC confirmed via Twitter a short time ago. ABC says O’Donnell will be a co-host of the show joining moderator Whoopi Goldberg. The show is looking for at least two other co-hosts, who may come from the cable news ranks.
O’Donnell left the show in 2007 after an infamous spat with former co-host and current Fox News host Elisabeth Hasselbeck. Last night, O’Donnell responded on Twitter to comments Hasselbeck made about her. On “Fox and Friends” Wednesday, Hasselbeck said Barbara Walters‘ farewell show in May was really O’Donnell’s “hello show.” A Rosie fan chimed in:
@ellenrja – excellent comment – she was hiding in her dressing room – til i walked right in and said hello – her reply LETS TAKE A SELFIE !!
— Rosie (@Rosie) July 10, 2014
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