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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.

White House Adviser Says ‘It’s 2014′; White House Doesn’t Need Broadcast Networks

White House Senior Adviser Dan Pfeiffer laughed as CNN’s Wolf Blitzer asked him about the “snub” from the broadcast networks, who chose not to air President Obama’s address on immigration. Pfeiffer’s response was blunt: “this is 2014. We’re in a digital age.” In short, Pfeiffer was saying, having the networks break in to sweeps programming was just not essential to getting out the message:

It’s important to understand, this is 2014, you have to take a different approach to communications. We picked the time and place of this address knowing it was unlikely the networks would break away from the dramas and comedies they were showing in sweeps week, because this is the time when people would be most likely to be watching it on their smartphones, laptops and tablets.

Pfeiffer said a White House teaser video released on Facebook was watched by more than three million people ahead of the prime time speech.

White House Miffed Over Networks Skipping Immigration Address

the_white_house_0Yesterday, insiders told TVNewser that the White House did not request time from the networks for tonight’s primetime speech on immigration. According to Hadas Gold of Politico, the White House is now annoyed that the major broadcast networks will be skipping President Barack Obama‘s plan to deal with millions of illegal immigrants.

Obama’s speech is schedule for 8 pm ET tonight and will be passed over for the Winter Finale of “Grey’s Anatomy” on ABC, a new episode of “The Big Bang Theory” on CBS and “The Biggest Loser: Glory Days” on NBC. None of the networks expressed interested in bumping a hit show for Obama’s primetime address.

Speaking with Politico, a senior administration official said tonight’s speech is bigger than others that have been shown on all three networks: Read more

ABC Newsers All Over People Sexiest Man Alive Issue

sexyABC is apparently the sexiest network on broadcast television.

People has named actor Chris Hemsworth the “Sexiest Man Alive” for 2014, but football players-turned-ABC newsers Michael Strahan and Tim Tebow appear on the list.

ABC’s “World News Tonight” anchor David Muir is also featured in the issue, being named among “Men of the Year.” Muir, who we featured in a recent “My First Big Break”, discusses his idea of a perfect evening.

People’s “Sexiest Man Alive” special issue hits newsstands November 21.

Matthew Olsen Joins ABC News

MatthewOlsenMatthew Olsen, a former federal prosecutor and NSA official, is joining ABC News as a contributor based in Washington, DC.

Most recently, Olsen was Director of the National Counterterrorism Center, reporting directly to President Obama and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper. “Matt’s expertise and deep knowledge will be an invaluable asset to our already exceptional team,” writes ABC News president James Goldston in a note to staff. Olsen will work with Martha Raddatz, Brian Ross and Pierre Thomas, along with other ABC News counter-terrorism analysts.

“I look forward to even more great journalism and insider reporting from this powerhouse team,” Goldston writes.

Colbert Offers ‘Survival Tips from GMA’

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Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert says “when it comes to blowing it out for ratings, no one blows harder than ‘Good Morning America’.”

Colbert notes that GMA’s Matt Gutman has been focusing on something “every American can relate to–fighting off bears and sharks.”

“These GMA tips are absolutely critical to survive an attack that GMA just as critically admits will never happen,” Colbert said.

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‘Dateline NBC’ Wins Friday Night

dateline logo_304x200“Dateline NBC” was the most-watched show in primetime Friday drawing 7.97 million viewers.

The show also won the A25-54 and A18-49 demo in the 8-9pmET/PT time period. In fact, the show drew its best A18-49 rating in seven months.

ABC’s “20/20″ won the 10pmET/PT time slot with 5.74 million total viewers. The CBS News special following the “The Hollywood Film Awards” didn’t do so well at 10pmET. The program drew 2.69 million total viewers. The HFAs are CBS’s answer to NBC’s telecast of the Golden Globes and ABC’s broadcast of the Academy Awards. In its first outing on CBS Friday, the HFAs averaged just 4.1 million viewers. Last year’s Oscar telecast, by comparison, was watched by 43 million viewers.

George Stephanopoulos Sees His 21-Year-Old Self on ‘GMA’

StephanopoulosGMA“Good Morning America” went into the way-back machine and dug up some videotapes of the show’s hosts, some going back decades. In the sweeps segment called “Raiders of the Lost Tapes,” Lara Spencer and Amy Robach were taken back to their first reporting jobs, Robin Roberts‘ clip came from a bizarro segment on “Wide World of Sports.” And the show didn’t need to go far — just far back — into the archive to find a 21-year-old George Stephanopoulos appearing on “Nightline” with Ted Koppel talking about international arms control and looking like Chachi Arcola.

Sam Champion No Longer Fan of Network Morning TV? ‘It’s Getting…to Hysteria’

031714-amhq-sam-championIn an interview on HuffPost Live, former “GMA” host Sam Champion said network morning television’s “getting to the point where I need a costume malfunction moment, you know what I mean? It’s getting … to a hysteria of everything’s gotta be flashing all the time”:

“Let’s just say, on any given day if you’re watching a network morning show, I’m going to find a cast of the ‘Housewives,’ I’m going to find a ‘Dancing’ star, I’m going to find a musical concert, I’m going to find shopping…That’s morning television. But it isn’t, and it shouldn’t be.”

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ABC News Sent 10 Million Election Day Push Alerts While Avoiding ‘Extreme Overkill’

abc_your_voice_your_14F6424_wblogOn Election Day, ABC News sent a staggering 10 million push alerts to users of the ABC News app who’d signed up for alerts. Peter Roybal, Head of Mobile for ABC News, knew full well that volume of information risked extreme overkill.

But in the weeks leading up to Election Day, the network prompted users to select just how much of that information they wanted to receive–anywhere from merely one key race to the full firehose. “Users who told us they wanted everything received about 45 alerts to their phone’s lock screen informing them the instant the ABC News Decision Desk projected a key race, when we had live video starting of victory or concession speech, or when we determined a race would go to runoff,” Roybal tells TVNewser. “Users who told us they wanted a key update alerts got an editorially curated subset of about 30 alerts.” Read more

GoPro-Equipped Ginger Zee’s Live Skydive

304ginger“Good Morning America” chief meteorologist Ginger Zee went skydiving on live TV this morning and strapped on a GoPro camera to document the event. The dive was part of the “GMA GoPro show,” which featured numerous segments using the extreme-action cameras.

Zee’s jump from nearly 13,000 feet over Homestead, Florida was the show’s highlight. On a perfectly clear day, Zee was in free fall at 120 miles per hour for the first part of her dive. She appeared extremely comfortable making the plunge and captured terrific footage on the way down.

Once her parachute opened, Zee amazingly narrated the jump as she descended. “This is amazing, I can see Miami. I can see all of the ocean here. It’s gorgeous,” she said.

“I’m so proud of the technical and producing team that helped me live out a dream and bring so many people along for the ride,” Zee told TVNewser.  ”Huge thanks too to the incredible Golden Knights- Army strong and safe! ”

She took the plunge in tandem with Sgt. First Class Noah Watt, a member of the Golden Knights U.S. Army Parachute Team. Watt presented Zee with a certificate and told her she was “Army strong,” after the jump.

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