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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 with Diane Sawyer,” “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 ‘Subliminal Message’ Behind David Muir’s Ascent to ‘World News’ Anchor

david muirCome September, three white men will anchor the three network evening newscasts. Is it 2005 — or 1975 — all over again? Some think so.

“The evening news anchors are the face of the network,” says Karen Turner, an associate professor of journalism at Temple University in Philadelphia, whose research focuses on race in the news. “In this growing multicultural nation, it’s unconscionable that as of September three white men will lead their respective networks.”

Brian Williams, 55, has been anchor of “NBC Nighty News” since 2004, he took over for Tom Brokaw who had been anchor since 1982, and John Chancellor before that. Scott Pelley, who turns 57 next month, has been at the helm of “CBS Evening News” since May, 2011. That broadcast was anchored by Katie Couric for the previous 5 years, and by Bob Schieffer, Dan Rather (briefly paired with Connie Chung) and Walter Cronkite in earlier years.

Muir, 40, takes over for Diane Sawyer who has been anchor since 2009. Sawyer came in following the retirement of Charles Gibson who, in 2006, succeeded the anchor team of Bob Woodruff and Elizabeth Vargas. The Woodfuff-Vargas pairing lasted only a few weeks following the serious injuries sustained by Woodruff in an attack in Iraq.

“Certainly Pelley, Williams and now Muir are accomplished journalists,” Turner adds. “However, the subliminal message this sends is these — white males — are the legitimate faces that should represent America.”

Why the ‘World News’ Changes? Quotes from Diane Sawyer, David Muir and George Stephanopoulos

DAVID MUIR, DIANE SAWYER, GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS, JAMES GOLDSTON

ABC sent us this picture of ABC News president James Goldston, “World News” anchor Diane Sawyer, incoming “World News” anchor David Muir and ABC news Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos following this morning’s announcement of anchor changes at the network news division.

“After wonderful years at “World News” I decided it is time to move to a new full time role at ABC News,” said Sawyer in a press release. “I’ll be joined by an incredible team of journalists dedicated to enterprise reporting, innovative approaches to breaking news and new ways of thinking about big issues and events around the world. I can’t wait to continue bringing more of my specials to prime time and appearing on all ABC News broadcasts, as well. And to my friends and colleagues George and David – congratulations. I look forward to exciting work together and great times ahead.”

“On this incredibly humbling day, I think of the 12-year-old boy with a dream of being a reporter and seeing the world,” added Muir. “I never could have imagined seeing that world with Diane Sawyer. On this day I thank her for not only setting the bar for the rest of us, but for being a trusted friend. I cannot wait to begin this new adventure with Diane and with George, whose political brain power and endless curiosity inspire me, and drive us all to be better every day.”

“Getting the chance to do work you love — work that touches people’s lives every day — is one of life’s greatest privileges,” said Stephanopoulos. “Even luckier is when you get to do that work with the best in the business – Diane, David and our entire ABC News team. It’s an honor to be part of that team. I can’t wait to build on our success — and bring our viewers our best — for years to come.”

See Goldston’s note to the ABC News staff after the jump…

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Diane Sawyer Leaving ‘ABC World News;’ David Muir Takes Over as Anchor and Managing Editor

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Breaking: ABC’s Diane Sawyer is stepping down from anchoring “World News” and will focus on primetime specials, big interviews, and enterprise reporting for the network. David Muir, who has been sole anchor of the “World News” weekend editions since 2011, will take over as anchor and managing editor of the flagship broadcast on September 2. Muir, 40, will continue to co-anchor “20/20″ with Elizabeth Vargas.

Also announced today, “Good Morning America” co-host and “This Week” anchor George Stephanopoulos takes on the new role of chief anchor of ABC News. He’ll lead special reports, breaking news and election night coverage for the network as well as continuing with “GMA” and “This Week.”

Insiders tell us Sawyer began talking with former ABC News president Ben Sherwood late last year about a transition from the anchor desk. With the retirement of Barbara Walters last month, Sawyer will now take on some of the specials and interviews that for years were part of Walters’ stock in trade.

Under Sawyer, “World News” has been gaining on “NBC Nightly News.” The broadcast won the May sweeps in the A25-54 demo for the first time in more than 6 years. Sawyer, who began anchoring “World News” in December 2009, is the second woman to solo anchor a network nightly newscast, following Katie Couric‘s 2006-2011 run at “CBS Evening News.” “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” maintains a one million viewer lead most nights on “World News” and hasn’t lost a week among total viewers in nearly 5 years.

The Sawyer, Muir and Stephanopoulos news is at the top of the agenda of ABC News president James Goldston‘s morning editorial meeting. We’ll have details if/when we get them this morning. A replacement for Muir on the weekend newscasts will come at a later date.

ABC News Launches on Apple TV

ABC AppleAs of 10amET, ABC News is now available on Apple TV.

Lost Remote has all the details on the new ABC offering, which features a 24/7 livestream made up of news events and anchored reports, a wide variety of video-on-demand-clips, local content from various ABC News affiliates, content from ABC’s 50-year-old archives, and more.

The ABC News Apple TV product also offers an extension of ABC News’ broadcast coverage. For example, as George Stephanopoulos signed off from his broadcast cut-in of President Obama’s Iraq statement last week, he told viewers they could get more on Iraq by “starring this story on the ABC News mobile app.” ABC tells us to expect more of ABC News broadcast pushing viewers to extended coverage on Apple TV.

“We’re not going to be able to cover that [Iraq] all day on the ABC network,” Doug Vance, ABC News VP of Product Strategy, said, using Stephanopoulos guiding viewers to the the ABC News mobile app as a template for how ABC will guide viewers to their Apple TV product.

“It’s a very complementary experience throughout the day. You have TV, you have your phone, and you have this.”

Joan Lunden Reveals Breast Cancer Diagnosis on ‘GMA’

LundenFormer “Good Morning America” co-host Joan Lunden revealed she has breast cancer this morning.

“I heard those words that every woman fears, and never wants to hear…’you have breast cancer,’” Lunden told Robin Roberts on this morning’s “GMA.” “In the beginning, it’s such a shock, it’s a stunner, and you think, ‘I do everything right, I get checked, and I’m healthy’…you almost feel like, ‘what did I do wrong?’”

Lunden explained that the cancer wasn’t found in her routine mammogram—it was a follow-up ultrasound that spotted it. She credits her husband and children for being her support system: “Like a lot of you who watched this show and have for years, you saw Jamie, Lindsay, and Sarah grow up. They’ve been with me at every appointment.” Her support system also extends to social media; there’s a hastag #TeamJoan, which Roberts used at earlier. “You are a messenger, and that’s what’s so important. I am right here with you, and so is all of your extended family [at "GMA"],” Roberts, who survived breast cancer in the 2000s, said.

Lunden says her cancer was caught early, but is the aggressive kind. She’s already started chemotherapy.

“I’ve shared my entire life journey with the people on the other side of that camera, so it only stood to reason I would share this,” Lunden said. “That’s when I called you.”

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Michelle Obama to Robin Roberts: Woman President ‘Should Happen as Soon as Possible’

MichelleFirst Lady Michelle Obama gave her thoughts on leadership yesterday, telling Robin Roberts the time has come for another historical presidency.

“That should happen as soon as possible,” Obama said on whether she can envision a woman president. “I think this country is ready. This country is ready for anyone who can do the job…we have some options, don’t we?” Obama continued to applause.

The First Lady also ruled herself out for higher office following her husband’s presidency : “I am positive,” she said about not getting into politics. The two women spoke after the White House Summit on Working Families.

Watch the exchange, starting at the 20:11 mark, after the jump.

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Cab vs. Bike: Who Gets to the Live Shot First?

ABC News Chief Business Correspondent Rebecca Jarvis raced ABC “World News” producer Michael Koenigs to a live shot location in New York City earlier this month. She took a cab. He rode a bike. The winner?

‘Good Morning America’ Wins Outstanding Morning Program at Daytime Emmys

Emmys“Good Morning America” took home top morning show honors at last night’s 41st annual Daytime Emmy Awards in Beverly Hills.

The ABC morning show won outstanding morning program, beating NBC’s “Today,” “CBS This Morning,” and “CBS Sunday Morning.” ABC correspondent Nick Watt accepted on “GMA’s” behalf.

And as her now former syndicated talk show recently wrapped production, Katie Couric tied for best talk show host with Dr. Mehmet Oz. “The Ellen Degeneres Show” won for outstanding entertainment talk show, beating out “The View” in Barbara Walters‘ final season as co-host.

Kathy Griffin hosted the awards show, which was not televised on TV this year, but was streamed on the Daytime Emmy Awards website. The Hollywood Reporter has the full list of winners.

Stephen Colbert to Jay Carney: When are You and Jonathan Karl Going to ‘Get a Room?’

CarneyIn his final 24 hours as Press Secretary, Jay Carney answered questions from Stephen Colbert—including what his post-White House relationship will be with one of his most prominent sparring partners.

“You two had some tense moments,” Colbert said of the occasional barbs traded between Carney and ABC News Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl in the briefing room.

“When are you guys gonna just get a room?” Colbert followed up.

Carney answered that Karl and other White House correspondents are just doing their jobs when grilling him on politics of the day. Last month, Karl told us “of course” he’d miss Carney, and “it was never personal” between he and Jay.

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Jason Biggs Thinks ‘Good Morning America’ Has ‘Sticks Firmly Inserted Up Their…’

Actor Jason Biggs has no qualms about sharing his wife’s birthing process on social media, and wants “Good Morning America” to know it.

“People thought that this was too much…people apparently with sticks firmly inserted up their a**holes, including the wonderful people at ‘Good Morning America,’ who decided to bring in a panel of experts [on celebrity oversharing],” Biggs said last night on “Chelsea Lately.”

The “Orange Is the New Black” actor called it ridiculous that “GMA” allotted time and experts to the subject.  “What makes you an expert on oversharing by the way? Do you get a Ph.D in oversharing?”

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