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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.

ABC News Refutes New York Post Story about Muir, Stephanopoulos Beef

MuirThe New York Post has stirred up drama at NBC News and criticized CNN’s Ferguson coverage over the past few weeks. Now, it’s apparently ABC’s turn to defend itself to the tabloid paper.

ABC News has already dismissed the Post‘s story that “World news Tonight” anchor David Muir is “fuming” over fellow ABC newser George Stephanopoulos landing the first sit-down interview with former police officer Darren Wilson. ABC News issued a statement denying the behind-the-scenes drama reported by “Page Six.”

This is totally ridiculous. David and George are a great team. And David remains focused on the viewers, giving ‘World News Tonight’ its most competitive fall in 18 years.

“Page Six” describes Muir as frustrated that the Wilson interview went to his colleague, and it goes on to claim that Muir has “expressed frustration to ABC executives that he didn’t land the interview.” Other sources tell the Post that it wasn’t ABC’s decision to have Stephanopoulos do the interview and that Muir was “extremely complimentary to George.”

The Post also reports the same source says Muir  ”has made it very clear to the suits that he doesn’t want to be just behind the desk reporting the news, he also wants to be in the field.” This is interesting, as Muir has already reported from the Syrian border, Cupertino, Atlanta, L.A., Boston, Bethlehem, Michigan and Indiana since taking the job on September 1.

ABC News Expands Online Video with Launch of GoStream

GoStreamA day after launching a daily Facebook newscast called “Facecast,” ABC News president James Goldston announced a new initiative: GoStream. (If you have the ABC News App, then you’ve already seen the multiple “alerts” about GoStream.)

The new initiative is being called the next step of ABC News live video. ABC News staffers will be able to upload live streaming coverage of news in real time.

And Goldston is hiring for what he thinks “will be one of the best jobs in modern journalism—a digital journalist dedicated to this endeavor, whose job will be to manage, strategize and produce this new content, and respond to breaking and ongoing news domestically and internationally.” Goldston’s full note after the jump… Read more

ABC’s ‘Facecast’ Debuts on Facebook

Screen Shot 2014-12-01 at 6.31.13 PMHey, kids, are you digging the “Facecast” yet? Monday evening ABC News posted its first “Facecast: The One Thing” on Facebook, which you could easily have confused with an extended promo for “World News Tonight,” but which the network called a first-of-its-kind “newscast” for social media.

So what is it, exactly? In a news release earlier Monday, ABC described the “Facecast” as “a one-minute news update…(that) will give Facebook users a round-up of the day’s top stories and trending topics shot behind the scenes at ABC News headquarters in New York City.” Well, okay. I’m not sure how many people would define “behind-the-scenes” as David Muir in a jacket–but no tie–anchoring not at the “World News Tonight” desk but in front of it.
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‘World News Tonight’ Launches Facebook Newscast

david muir_304x200“World News Tonight” anchor David Muir will host a social media newscast every weekday on Facebook called “Facecast: The One Thing.” Starting today, the one-minute news update aims to give Facebook users a summary of the day’s top stories and trending topics.

“Facecast: The One Thing” is the first ever daily newscast for social media hosted by an evening news anchor. It will be shot behind the scenes at ABC News headquarters in New York City.

See the full press release after the jump.  Read more

Robin Roberts’ ‘Thank You America!’ Features Unsung Heroes

ABC News anchor Robin Robertsnew special, “Thank You America!” premiers tonight at 8 pm ET. Roberts searches for America’s unsung heroes and celebrates them with life-changing surprises.

Roberts essentially goes around the country and thanks people who typically go unrecognized. A family that has fostered over 90 children and a man who cashed in his 401K to help the homeless are among the heroes featured in the special.

‘No Question Off Limits’: ABC’s George Stephanopoulos Interviews Darren Wilson

ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos has interviewed Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, releasing a photo of the interview this afternoon via Twitter.

Several network news anchors are believed to have met with Wilson in the hopes of doing his first interview after the grand jury’s decision in the death of Michael Brown, though sources tell TVNewser CBS News anchor Scott Pelley, who had been named as having had a face-to-face with Wilson, in fact did not.

GStephWilsonMore: Edited excerpts will air on “World News Tonight” and “Nightline” Tuesday, and Wednesday’s “Good Morning America.” The full interview will post on tomorrow.

ABC broke into programming around 2:35pmET with Stephanopoulos anchoring a special report to promote the interview. “I’ve spent over an hour at a secret location with officer Darren Wilson,” he said, adding, “I asked him directly, I pressed him, I said, ‘would this have gone down any differently if Michael Brown were white?’ He said ‘absolutely not.’ He says he has a clean conscience over his actions that day.”

Report: George Stephanopoulos ‘Poised’ to Land First Interview with Ferguson Officer

abc_george_stephanopoulos_2_dm_120124_wmainA day after CNN’s Brian Stelter reported a collection of network news anchors had met privately with Darren Wilson, the police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, Politico reports ABC’s George Stephanopoulos is “poised” to land the first interview. The report by Politico’s Dylan Byers cites “industry sources”:

Members of the media who were jockeying for the first sit-down with Wilson were recently told that Stephanopoulos, the chief anchor and chief political correspondent for ABC, had won rights to the interview. That agreement is subject to change: Wilson could decide to forego interviews altogether and, if he is indicted, will not be able to give an interview.

In Profile: Muir, Franics, Ramos, Benitez

2muirMAG“World News Tonight” Anchor David Muir is featured and photographed in Esquire magazine as part of a profile on the men who’ve had a breakthrough year.

FOX Business Network’s Melissa Francis was on “Oprah: Where Are They Now?” last night to discuss her past as a child actress, including a gift she received from Robin Williams.

Michael Landon was a lot of fun. He had a great sense of humor and he was a very serious businessman, but he also had a big heart. I mean, he was Santa and God rolled into one.

Fusion’s Jorge Ramos is featured in the Dec. 1 issue of Time. Ramos discussed his broadcasting role model, how Fusion is different from other networks and identifying with the Latino market. Read more

Networks Will Cover Chuck Hagel Resignation

abccbsnbclogosLess than a week after the White House got annoyed over major broadcast networks skipping President Barack Obama‘s address on immigration, networks will cover today’s special report on Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announcing his resignation.

ABC News is breaking into regularly scheduled programming today at approximately 11:10amET. George Stephanopoulos anchors for the network from New York with live reporting from Martha Raddatz and Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl from Washington D.C.

NBC will provide a special report, anchored by Savannah Guthrie in New York. As part of NBC’s coverage, Jim Miklaszewski will be at the Pentagon and Chris Jansing at the White House.

CBS will not air a special report, but will cover the announcement on CBSN. The cable news networks — which have been covering the news since The New York Times broke the story just after 9am — will also cover Obama’s remarks.

Fox broadcasting is offering an optional special report for affiliates.

Networks Divided On Use of Term ‘Illegal’

103114_illegalFlip from one channel to another, and the language used to describe the immigration debate will likely be different. Fusion’s Felix Salmon has broken down exactly where major media organizations stand on use of the phrase most often described as offensive–and banned by many newsrooms–”illegal immigrant”, finding a range of policies, from “never” to “preferred usage.”

Salmon argues there’s good reason to avoid the term:

The reason is simple: People who speed aren’t “illegal drivers,” nor are people who fall behind on their taxes “illegal filers.” Even soldiers fighting against the United States without belonging to a formal national army are generally referred to as “unlawful” rather than “illegal” combatants. The use of the term “illegal” to refer to a person is a usage which is confined to exactly one group of people: Migrants. As a result, “illegal,” when used as a noun, always means immigrants — people whose only crime is the victimless pursuit of liberty and prosperity.

According to Salmon’s breakdown, NBC, ABC, Fusion, CNN, and Univision refuse to use the term, while CBS allows its use: Read more