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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.

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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Nicolle Wallace, Rosie Perez Join ‘The View’

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Rosie Perez and Nicolle Wallace are the new co-hosts of “The View” joining moderator Whoopi Goldberg and Rosie O’Donnell.

“These are powerful and accomplished women from different walks of life who have had amazing personal and professional experiences. Each brings incredible perspective and information to the table,” said executive producer Bill Wolff. “This mix of smart, vibrant and energetic women is unlike anything else on daytime television.”

Following a career in politics which included working as communications chief for George W. Bush, Wallace joined CBS News as an analyst. She returned to GOP politics in 2008 as senior advisor for the John McCain-Sarah Palin 2008 presidential campaign. In 2012, Wallace signed on with ABC News as an analyst. “I am honored to join the tradition of compelling conversations that has been the signature of ‘The View’ for the better part of two decades,” said Wallace. “I have watched ‘The View’ for many years and now to be seated alongside three women that I have admired is both humbling and incredibly exciting.”

Perez comes from the entertainment world, an actress, director, dancer, and author. “I am beyond thrilled, honored and completely surprised that I’ve been asked to join ‘The View’,” said Perez.  “Knowing that I’ll be in the company of Whoopi, Rosie and Nicolle, three very smart and engaging women that I have an immense amount of respect for, makes it even more unbelievable.”

Last week a new senior production team was announced including Wolff, co-executive producer Brian Balthazar, and director Ashley S. Gorman. The show is also getting a new studio in the ABC headquarters on W. 66th St. which had been home to Katie Couric‘s show. The new season launches Monday, Sept. 15.

Eric Avram Promoted at Disney/ABC TV Group

EricAvramDisney Media Networks co-chairman Anne Sweeney and Disney-ABC TV Group president Ben Sherwood announced the promotion of longtime ABC Newser Eric Avram to the new role of VP for Talent, Booking and ABC News Specialized Units within the Disney/ABC TV Group. A 20-year ABC veteran, Avram is currently the Senior Executive Producer of Division-wide Interviews, overseeing all ABC News booking teams as well as the Investigative, Medical, Business and Law & Justice teams.

Avram will oversee and coordinate major bookings and special projects for DATG’s global television properties, owned TV stations and radio while continuing to manage the ABC News Specialized Units.

“He is a dynamic leader, consummate teammate and proven force in the highly competitive booking arena,” writes Sherwood in a note to staffers. “Over the years he and the relentless bookers of ABC News have chased and locked up some of the most memorable interviews and moments on our programs and platforms.”

Avram most recently worked on a project with Taylor Swift, coinciding with the launch of her new album, and leveraging the resources of ABC-Yahoo!, Good Morning America, Nightline and Fusion.

Robin Roberts Launches Rock’n Robin Productions

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Viewers will be seeing a lot more of what Robin Roberts has to offer as she launches her own production company called Rock’n Robin Productions.

“I’m blessed to be able to do even more of what I love to do and now reach an even broader audience with programming that will inspire, inform and entertain people,” Roberts tells TVNewser about her new company.

Programming will feature a mix of documentaries and reality programming, along with live specials and full-length TV series. Longtime ABC News producer John Green is Roberts’ right-hand man at Rock’n Robin.

“We are actively looking to do stories about people who are thriving and people who are displaying unusual courage,” says Green, who will continue on as EP of ABC Newsmagazines. The production company will be separate from ABC News and will have its own offices in Midtown Manhattan. It will shop programming across the dial: from cable TV outlets to streaming services. But Roberts’ home team will get first dibs. “From our vantage point, ABC will be our first place that we go,” Green says.

“I’m so grateful to my ABC and GMA family for supporting the launch of the company,” Roberts adds.

Rock’n Robin’s first production debuts tomorrow. Read more

Tom Llamas Leaves WNBC for ABC News

TomLlamasTom Llamas, a reporter and anchor at WNBC, who also reported for NBC News, has left the peacock and is joining ABC News.

Llamas had a fast rise through NBC, starting as an associate producer at MSNBC, working as a campaign embed during the 2004 elections, joining NBC’s WTVJ in Miami in 2005 as a reporter, then returning to New York and WNBC in 2008 as a reporter, later anchoring the Noon and 5pm newscasts.

Llamas, who entertained offers from at least two other networks, we hear, will be a New York-based ABC News correspondent and anchor. He’ll join in mid-September.

More: The note from ABC News president James Goldston after the jump…

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David Muir Plans to Hit the Road for ‘World News Tonight’

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As David Muir takes over the “World News Tonight” anchor chair, he still plans to report from the field for the broadcast. “I’m used to working weekends,” Muir joked with us last Friday as we sat down for a MediabistroTV “My First Big Break” interview. (Coming in a few weeks on TVNewser.)

Until last week, Muir anchored the weekend editions of “World News.” He’ll also continue anchoring “20/20.” Muir told us his ABC News bosses have always been receptive to story ideas that have taken him around the world. He gave us the backstory of one of those stories, which will be airing tonight.

David Muir, From 12-Year-old News Intern to ‘World News Tonight’ Anchor

WNTLogoWe’ve assembled some of the write-ups on David Muir as he begins anchoring “World News Tonight:”

  • The Associated Press: As a latchkey child of divorced parents growing up near Syracuse, N.Y., Muir took comfort from the news “family” that appeared on his television each evening. He watched ABC’s Peter Jennings, trying to guess who would be named “person of the week.”
  • The New York Times: His appointment marks a significant departure from the traditional anchor model in several self-evident ways. Unlike his two competitors, NBC’s Brian Williams and CBS’s Scott Pelley, Mr. Muir’s never done a stint as a White House correspondent, which has long been considered a virtual prerequisite for the job. He is also a lot younger than Mr. Williams, who is 55, and Mr. Pelley, 57. ABC says Mr. Muir’s youth was not a factor in his selection. But with the median age for evening news viewers now at 63.5, according to Brad Adgate of Horizon Media, the network is clearly counting on him to appeal to a younger audience.
  • The Daily News on how Muir’s seat at the news desk is a return to three white men anchoring the evening news: [It] is no reflection on them, but does bring anchoring back to one of the more undeniable traditions of network television news. A major part of the problem going forward remains this: While all the networks have some terrific women journalists, they remain outnumbered. For reasons rooted more in the sociology of America than official corporate Read more

David Muir Begins Run as Anchor of ‘World News Tonight’

“World News Tonight” anchor David Muir kicked off a new era of the ABC News flagship broadcast with a personal message to viewers and to his predecessor Diane Sawyer. “It is an honor to begin this journey with you,” Muir said at the beginning of the show. Signing off, he thanked Sawyer, who sent midway through the show, adding, “Thank you friend, for everything.”

Diane Sawyer Voices New David Muir ‘World News Tonight’ Promo

TVNewser got its hands on the first promo for “World News Tonight with David Muir,” which officially debuts Tuesday night. The promotional spot is voiced by former “World News” anchor Diane Sawyer.


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