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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.

‘The View’ to Be Overseen by ABC News

ROSIE PEREZ, ROSIE O'DONNELL, WHOOPI GOLDBERG, NICOLLE WALLACE“The View” is moving from the entertainment unit of ABC to the non-fiction programming group of ABC News.

Season 18 of “The View” kicked off last month with a new cast, a new studio adjacent to ABC News HQ, and a new production team. This move further aligns the daytime show with ABC News resources. The show was co-created by ABC News anchor Barbara Walters, who continues to hold the executive producer title and was informed of the news earlier this week.

While continuing their roles with ABC News, executives Tom Cibrowski, Barbara Fedida and David Sloan will work closely with Co-EPs Bill Wolff and Brian Balthazar and their team.

“Tom, Barbara and David have helped take our shows to the next level and worked on a wide range of diverse news and non-fiction programming,” ABC News president James Goldston writes in a note to staff. “Now they’ll help guide ‘The View’ in its exciting next chapter.”

We’re told the ABC News execs met with cast members Rosie O’Donnell, Whoopi Goldberg, Rosie Perez and Nicole Wallace yesterday. Wolff also introduced them to many show staffers.

“The View” is the second non-fiction unit of ABC News, joining Lincoln Square productions which produces programs for ABC and other networks and is overseen by Morgan Hertzan. “I feel incredibly fortunate that we’re now expanding our non-fiction roster to include The View. We couldn’t be more thrilled to work with its terrific team, and we look forward to exciting days ahead,” Goldston writes.

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What’s On?: Ross, Velshi, Bartiromo, Bourdain

  • ABC News Chief Investigative Correspondent Brian Ross has an investigation on “Nightline” tonight into allegations of sexual violence involving members of the Air Force Academy football team. Ross finds out what happened to the undercover cadet and Air Force special investigations agent who tried to blow the whistle.

  • On Al Jazeera America’s “Real Money,” tonight at 7pmET, Ali Velshi anchors a special exploring the network of funding that provides financial resources to ISIS and militant groups throughout the Middle East. The show will also feature an interview with David Cohen, U.S. Undersecretary for Terror and Financial intelligence.

  • Maria Bartiromo will anchor “Opening Bell” live from the BNP Paribas Trading Floor in New York City this Friday. She will interview executives of the corporate and investment banking arm of the world’s largest bank, by assets.

  • This Sunday, CNN’s “Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown” heads to Iran. The long-awaited inaugural trip explores Tehran and Isfahan, dining on Dizi, Fesenjan, Biryani, and Tahdig. Local guides include Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian and his wife Yeganeh Salehi, who were subsequently detained by the Iranian government.

Josh Elliott Fills in on ‘Today’ Show

Josh Elliott Today 304Now that his non-compete with ABC News is up, Josh Elliott is making his first on-set appearance on NBC’s “Today” show this week.  ”Josh Elliott is in for Natalie this morning. We’re happy about that,” Matt Lauer said on Tuesday’s show. Elliott was back this morning for what will be a two-day stint, insiders tells us.

Elliott made his first appearance on the show last month, teeing up NBC’s NFL coverage.

After helping “GMA” overtake long-dominant “Today” in the ratings in 2012, Elliott left the network in March for a role with NBC Sports and NBC Olympics.

Andrew Tyndall Offers 10 ‘Sneaky Ways’ ABC Boosts ‘World News Tonight’ Ratings

ueland_abc_boosting_ratings_mainWith the most entertaining of illustrations (right), The Hollywood Reporter today offers a guest column by Andrew Tyndall, who sees plenty of wizardry–and not as much world news–in the recent ratings rise of ABC’s “World News Tonight” with David Muir:

Under ABC News president James Goldston, World News has cut back on international and political stories and introduced a sensibility closer to that of Good Morning America, complete with tabloid true crime, sports-and-celebrity coverage, news-you-can-use service journalism and buzz around social media.

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ABC News Reaches 10 Million People on Facebook With Ebola Town Hall

10675956_10152382812852061_10152382804457061_1474_670_bThat’s a lot of likes. A George Stephanopoulos-hosted town hall, designed to answer viewer questions about the threat of Ebola in the U.S., was a major hit for the network on Facebook, reaching more than 10 million people.

ABC says the effort was a response to overwhelming interest in the story. “We’ve been inundated by questions about the Ebola virus on all of our platforms and wanted to connect and answer what we could,” said Subrata De, ABC News VP of Multi-Platform Newsgathering.

“The network’s newsroom was able to react quickly to the public’s demand for more information about Ebola and produced this event in just a few days,” writes Facebook’s Beth Loyd:

George Stephanopoulos anchored the event and guests including ABC News Chief Medical Editor Richard Besser answered more than a dozen questions asked by people on the ABC News and Good Morning America Facebook Pages. ABC News promoted the town hall on-air during Good Morning America, posted a call-out for questions on its Page, and then streamed the event live on ABCNews.com , gma.yahoo.com and Facebook.

Diane Sawyer’s Mother Passes Away

SawyerMother1Diane Sawyer‘s mother Jean Sawyer Hayes passed away Wednesday in Louisville, KY. She was 94.

Sawyer told the Courier-Journal this morning that her mother “was a force of nature, optimistic, spunky and energetic.”

Sawyer Hayes, was a longtime elementary school teacher and, later, civic leader. “Her students by the hundreds were jolted into the possibilities of their lives,” Sawyer said.

A visitation is planned for this weekend in St. Matthews, KY with a private funeral next week.

ABC News president James Goldston sent a note to ABC News staff this morning, writing that Sawyer “is with her Kentucky family now, and her ABC family will embrace her when she returns.”

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Barbara Walters Brings Back ‘Most Fascinating’ Special

Walters specialLast year was supposed to the final Barbara Walters‘ “10 Most Fascinating” special. But ABC has decided there are just too many fascinating people around not to do another one.

So Walters returns for the 2-hour special on Sunday, Dec. 14. Oprah Winfrey, Neil Patrick Harris, Chelsea Handler, and Scarlett Johansson have made the cut. Walters always save the No. 1 most fascinating person for the night of the special.

“[Y]ou never pass up the opportunity to interview Oprah, Neil, Chelsea, or Scarlett,” Walters says about returning for the 2014 edition.

The special is executive produced by Walters and Bill Geddie, who, until this summer was the co-executive producer of “The View.” Geddie also directs the 2014 “Most Fascinating” special.

ABC News Unveils Plans for Election Coverage

abc_george_stephanopoulos_2_dm_120124_wmainGeorge Stephanopoulos will lead ABC News’ coverage on Election Day, with uninterrupted coverage online from 7 p.m. through 2 a.m.

The network plans live updates on the broadcast network at 7:00, 8:00, 9:00, 11:00 PM and 12:00 AM ET as polls close in various states. In addition, the network plans two live one-hour “Your Voice, Your Vote” programs to air on ABC at 10:00 p.m. ET and 10 p.m. PT.

Read full details of ABC’s political coverage, after the jump.
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Jeffrey Schneider Leaving ABC News to Found His Own PR Firm

JeffreySchneiderJeffrey Schneider, ABC News SVP and chief spokesman, is leaving the network to start his own PR firm, TVNewser has learned.

Schneider’s deputy Julie Townsend will lead ABC News communications strategy and the PR team. Schneider calls his 14 years at ABC News “an incredible honor and privilege.”

I’m very grateful for the thrilling experiences I’ve had at the news division and embark on this new path with tremendous affection and respect for all the people of ABC News,” Schneider says.

His new firm, Schneider Global Strategy, will specialize in media relations and crisis management and counts ABC News and Disney/ABC TV as his first clients.

Schneider, who was suspended this summer following an internal incident, will remain at ABC News through the midterm elections. “Jeffrey has been our champion in great and tough times,” writes ABC News president James Goldston in a note to staff. “He’s done it with good humor, nearly superhuman drive and a deep love for this great institution.”

Townsend re-joined ABC News as VP in 2011. In her first stint at ABC News, beginning in 2001, she was PR Coordinator for “Nightline” and “This Week” in Washington, DC. “Julie is a persuasive storyteller and a passionate champion for ABC News,” Goldston writes. “She believes deeply in our team and in the importance of the work we do.

Goldston’s note after the jump…

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ABC’s ’20/20′ Cribbed from CBS’s ’48 Hours’

MicheleWilliams2If you watched last night’s “20/20″ on ABC you also caught a glimpse of CBS’s “48 Hours.”

ABC’s Matt Gutman reported on the case of Michele Williams, a Texas woman accused of murdering her husband. Williams was about to get away with the murder, after agreeing to a plea deal which would have meant pleading guilty to a lesser charge: tampering with evidence.

But after she conducted an interview with “48 Hours’” Peter Van Sant, claiming her innocence in the 2011 murder, the judge withdrew the plea deal and forced her to stand trial for murder.

“20/20″ used the clip, crediting “48 Hours” by name. It had been entered as evidence in the case.

A jury found Williams guilty of murdering her husband, Greg Williams, late last month.

 

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