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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.

Creepy Overnight TV News Stringer Jake Gyllenhaal Talks Golden Globe Nom

Jake Gyllenhaal called into ABC’s “Good Morning America” Thursday to talk about his Golden Globe nomination for his portrayal of a morally-challenged, seriously creepy TV news stringer in “Nightcrawler.”

Gyllenhaal, who was also nominated for a The Screen Actors Guild award for the performance, is up for Best Actor in a Motion Picture. The 2015 Golden Globes will air four weeks from tonight on NBC, once again be hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.

ABC News ‘Has Lost Its Way As a Hard News Organization’

LOGO_Nightline_2013_1280A former local radio and television news director and producer has posted a blistering analysis of ABC News, arguing ABC “has lost its way as a hard news organization.” Frank Gottlieb wrote on Facebook “gravitas is what Ted Koppel brought to ‘Nightline’. With Roone Arledge at the helm and Peter Jennings anchoring, ABC became a well regarded news organization. They have become Disneyfied to the public detriment.”

Gottlieb said he was disgusted by Tuesday’s “Nightline’, which aired hours after the release of the Senate Intelligence Committee report on CIA torture–which dominated network newscasts. “There was not a word about the report on the broadcast. It would have been the only story during the Ted Koppel era.”

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‘CBS Evening News’ Gives Torture Report 11 Minutes as CIA Story Dominates Newscasts

Screen Shot 2014-12-09 at 8.46.46 PMThe release of a sweeping report from the Senate Intelligence Committee into the CIA’s actions after 9/11–immediately dubbed the “torture report”–dominated Tuesday evening’s network newscasts, with the “CBS Evening News” devoting more than 11 minutes to the story.

CBS’ coverage included packages from Nancy Cordes and Bob Orr, and an extended clip of a 2007 “60 Minutes” interview Scott Pelley did with ex-CIA director George Tenet, where he firmly denied–repeatedly–that the U.S. engaged in torture.

“NBC Nightly News” spent seven and a half minutes on the story, beginning with Andrea Mitchell. ABC’s “World News Tonight” led with just over six minutes on torture, including packages from Martha Raddatz and Jonathan Karl.

Screen Shot 2014-12-09 at 9.02.38 PMOverseas, the U.K.’s Channel 4 (left) had extensive coverage on the torture report–more than fifteen minutes–including a live report from Washington, and a story on what role, if any, Britain played in the CIA’s torture of detainees.

Al Jazeera America, by comparison, gave the story twelve minutes of coverage in the network’s flagship U.S. newscast, “America Tonight.”

Joaquin Phoenix Tells ‘GMA’ He Was Joking on Letterman

This morning on “Good Morning America,” actor Joaquin Phoenix admitted to George Stephanopoulos that he was only joking when he recently told David Letterman he was engaged.

“I just want the audience to like me and they really like people that are getting married,” Phoenix said.

Ann Compton: ‘I Have Seen Barack Obama Really Angry Twice’

ComptonQAAnn Compton, who retired earlier this year after 41 years with ABC News, opened up to C-SPAN’s Brian Lamb about her time covering the White House.

In the interview, which occurred Oct. 30, but re-aired on C-SPAN this morning, Compton says she “was a strong voice for complaining that this particular administration has been more opaque than any I have covered about what the president does in the Oval Office every day.”

Compton says Obama “is the first president with his own journalistic tools. He has his own photographers and videographers. He has a newscast on Friday mornings anchored by his former deputy, now Press Secretary, Josh Earnest.”

Compton revealed she has also seen a side of Pres. Obama, most haven’t:

I have seen, in the last year, Barack Obama really angry twice. Both were off the record times. One profanity-laced, where he thought the press was making too much of scandals that he did not think were scandals. Another was where he took us to task for not understanding the limits that he has with foreign policy and the Middle East, Iraq, and Afghanistan.

“I find him willing to stand up to the press, look them in the eye, and just give us hell.”

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George Stephanopoulos Hosts Town Hall on Race and Justice

GStephWilsonABC’s George Stephanopoulos will moderate a town hall Wednesday as part of the network’s week-long look at race and justice in America. The town hall, on ABC’s Facebook page, will feature a panel of experts discussing the ramifications of the grand jury decisions in Ferguson, MO and Staten Island, NY.

Additional reports will air across the digital platforms as well as on “Good Morning America,” “World News Tonight,” “Nightline,” ABC News Radio, and affiliate service NewsOne.

‘Nightline’ Gives ABC Best Late Night Viewership in 12 Years

DAN ABRAMS, JUJU CHANG, DAN HARRISABC’s “Nightline” won the 2014 November late night Sweep in viewers, and did it with its biggest audience since moving to a new timeslot almost two years ago.

NBC’s “Late Night with Seth Meyers” won the two younger demos.

This is “Nightline’s” 3rd consecutive sweeps win in viewers, while growing from Nov. ’13: up +3% in viewers, and up +1% in the two younger demos. This is ABC’s largest overall sweep audience in the time slot in 12 years – since November 2002.

ABC’s ratings are based on a 25-minute broadcast, while CBS and NBC are based on approximately 50 minutes (prior to the final national commercial break of each program).

Numbers for the week of April 28, 2014:

Show Network Total Viewers A25-54 A18-49
Nightline ABC 1.824M 748K 565K
Late Night NBC 1.573M 761K 761K
Late Late Show CBS 1.383M 547K 408K


ABC’s David Muir: Viewers Using Social Media to ‘Dictate Where We Take Stories’


ABC “World News Tonight” anchor David Muir had a busy day Friday, talking with Meredith Viera about his first 90 days in the ABC anchor chair on “The Meredith Viera Show,” and then appearing at the Mashable Media Summit, talking about social media and journalism with Mashable executive editor Jim Roberts.

In recent weeks, ABC News has launched a social media “newscast” posted to Facebook on weekdays, and used “curated” news alerts to send 10 million alerts–without overwhelming users–on Election Night.

According to participants who tweeted Muir’s comments, he believes social media has allowed viewers to have unprecedented involvement in making “World News” the kind of newscast they want. “I like the idea of handing over the power to them,” he said. “What’s fascinating is that our viewers are dictating where we take the stories.”

Muir does not see social media platforms like Twitter as a means of driving viewers to watch the legacy newscast. Instead, he says, “It’s to signal to them I’m like you, and hopefully you’re like me.”

Shaking Up the Morning News Landscape

cbsthismorning130The Wrap takes a detailed look at the morning show wars and what they found will probably surprise a lot of people. The article essentially says CBS is doing its own thing, while “GMA and “Today” grab all the attention. And, as we showed you yesterday, it’s working: for the month of November, “CTM” is the only morning show to see viewer growth.

As “Today” and “Good Morning America” continue to duke it out for morning television’s top spot, “CBS This Morning” has been quietly but aggressively closing the gap. In the last couple of years, “CTM” has gone through a complete reboot in a last-ditch effort to save what was until recently a morning TV dud.

ABC ‘World News Tonight’ Wins First November Sweep in Younger Demo in 18 Years

DavidMuirABC’s “World News Tonight” won its first November Sweep in the A25-54 demo in 18 years. November also saw the lowest Sweep in that younger demo for “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” since at least 1991, when electronic records began.

This is the first sweeps month with anchor David Muir in the “World News Tonight” chair and the third consecutive sweeps win in the younger demo for the ABC newscast. Former anchor Diane Sawyer took wins in May and again in July.

“Nightly News” wins the month among total viewers with a +565,000 lead on “World News Tonight.” But ABC has cut that lead nearly in half. Last November, “Nightly” had a 1.095 million total viewer lead.

“World News Tonight” also saw the most growth of the three evening newscasts compared to the Nov. 2013 Sweep. ABC was up +9% in viewers and up +12% in the demo; “Nightly” was up +2% in viewers but down -4% in the demo; and No. 3 “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” was up +1% in viewers and up +3% in the demo.

Numbers for Nov. 2014 Sweep:

• Total Viewers: 9,548,000 8,983,000 7,369,000
• A25-54: 2,259,000 2,286,000 1,844,000