By Merrill Knox on April 23, 2014 4:19 PM
His reasons included “Wait, ‘GMA’? I thought I was getting Barbara’s seat on ‘The View’” and “Because it’s fun to say Stephanopoulos.” 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.
Robin Roberts will be signing copies of her new book “Everybody’s Got Something” at Barnes & Noble on 46th Street and 5th Avenue in New York City today at 12:30pm. Stop by if you can.
Last night the ABC News anchor traveled a few blocks up Broadway and appeared on CBS’s “Late Show with David Letterman,” telling Dave, “I’m healthier and happier than I’ve even been.” While Roberts has re-signed with “Good Morning America,” the show tweeted Roberts’ farewell to Letterman who will be leaving “Late Show” next year.
Also on last night’s show, Letterman’s replacement Stephen Colbert who brought a Top 10 list he’d submitted 17 years ago when he applied to be a writer on the show.
Watch both clips after the jump…
“Good Morning America’s” revolving door has made headlines over the last few months, and this morning, its Twitter account momentarily forgot about one of its most recent staffing changes.
The tweet, posted around 6:45am, has since been deleted. A network spokesperson tells us it was a simple mistake; its social media team mistakenly pulled an old tweet and published it.
Former CBS News President David W. Burke has died at the age of 78, TVNewser has learned.
Burke served as CBS News chief from 1988-1990, overseeing the network’s coverage of the Tiananmen Square protests, Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait, and the First Gulf War. He also suspended the late “60 Minutes” commentator Andy Rooney for comments that offended homosexuals.
Before CBS, Burke served as executive vice president at ABC News, where he helped lift the network to first place in the ratings while also building Peter Jennings into a major figure. At ABC, Burke oversaw the creation of “Nightline” with Ted Koppel and “20/20″ with Barbara Walters. Following his two tumultuous years at CBS News, the Los Angeles Times wrote that Burke, was ”an outsider in the most inside of institutions.”
Burke worked in politics before his time as a broadcast executive, as an aide to Senator Ted Kennedy and New York Governor Hugh Carey. Later in life, he was appointed by President Clinton to serve as the first chairman of Broadcasting Board of Governors, which today hands out an award in Burke’s name.
“Lara is clearly an essential ingredient in the success we have enjoyed and I am so pleased to announce that Lara has been elevated to co-host of the program along with Robin and George,” Goldston wrote in an email to staff marking the two-year anniversary of “GMA” snapping “Today’s” reign as TV news’ number-one morning show.
Spencer re-signed with “GMA” last month. “This was a simple decision,” Spencer said then. “I love what I do and I adore the people I work with. I am thrilled to be on this team and look forward to many more years.”
Goldston’s full email to staff after the jump.
The war of words between ABC News and The Center for Public Integrity is heating up.
“Thank you for your letter of last night regarding the black lung investigation, which was also sent to our full Board of Directors and the news media. I have to assume this is all part of an unfortunate PR campaign by ABC News,” Buzenberg writes.
He adds that ABC News joined the coal-mining industry investigation–one that resulted in Johns Hopkins shuttering their black-lung program, and congressional action–halfway through, and produced “sporadic” reporting geared toward TV, not print.
“Not true,” ABC SVP for Communications Jeffrey Schneider responds to TVNewser. “We were invited to join this investigation by the former executive director at the outset, which was October 2012.”
Schneider adds examples of joint reporting: “Many of our stories on ABC.com are bylined by Chris [Hamby], although he didn’t write them. Many of our on-air reports list him as a producer, even though he didn’t shoot anything, conduct on-camera interviews, or spend a moment in the editing booth.”
“ABC was a wonderful coalition partner, and did great television, but the Pulitzer Prize is specifically for print and digital companies,” Buzenberg tells TVNewser. “It’s not a TV award. They didn’t write the 2500-word story, written entirely by Chris Hamby.”
Buzenberg also included a response from Pulitzer Administrator Sig Gissler.
Several TV news anchors and hosts have made this year’s OUT Power 50 list. It’s the brand’s annual ranking of the most influential LGBT voices in American culture. ABC’s Robin Roberts, who publicly came out late last year, is the first woman of color in the top 10. Here are some TV notables:
Ellen DeGeneres, who was number 2 last year, returned to the top spot on the list. Also on the list Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Glenn Greenwald at #5, Bravo’s Andy Cohen at #8, and Gawker CEO Nick Denton at #45.
Michael Strahan is joining “Good Morning America” as a contributor. Just like in his NFL days, Strahan emerged from a GMA tunnel, giving high fives from fans, ending at the anchor desk, where Robin Roberts announced Strahan would join the show “a couple days a week.” He’ll mostly appear in the 7am hour, so he can get back uptown to his other day job, co-hosting “Live” which airs at 9am. Just so he wouldn’t miss a hit, George Stephanopoulos gave Strahan an alarm clock. “It’s a pleasure to get up early, because you guys have been so good to us, and Kelly and I appreciate it. It’s family,” Strahan said.
Strahan’s role wasn’t defined beyond that he’ll be weighing in on certain stories. “I watch every mooring and I sit there going, ‘that’s a good point.’ Now instead of talking to the TV, I can talk with you.” The addition of Strahan comes a few days after the show added ESPN host Tony Reali to the show’s “Social Square.” WATCH:
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