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Jon Banner Moves Off of ‘ABC World News’ to Division-Wide Role, Michael Corn Named EP

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After eight years at the helm of “ABC World News,” Jon Banner will be moving off of the program to a division-wide role. Banner will become senior EP of division wide initiatives, where he will have oversight over many of the networks special projects. He will also continue to oversee ABC’s political coverage. Banner first joined ABC news as a desk assistant in 1989.

“For years, Jon has been one of the rocks of ABC News, helping to hold the division together during the twin traumas of Peter’s death and Bob’s wounding in Iraq,” write ABC News president Ben Sherwood in a memo to staff.

In his place at “World News,” Michael Corn will become EP. Corn had been senior producer on the broadcast.

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“I came to know Michael well during my tenure at Good Morning America – we worked closely at all hours of the day and night – and I am confident that his energy, creativity, competitive zeal and news judgment will lead the program to new heights,” Sherwood wrote.

With Banner’s departure, all three network evening newscasts will end the year with different executive producers than they had when they began the year. In July, Bob Epstein left “NBC Nightly News” to an executive role, while Rick Kaplan left CBS News in May following Katie Couric‘s departure.

Sherwood’s full memo is after the jump.

I’m writing to share important news about our flagship early evening broadcast.

After eight successful and eventful years at the helm of World News, Jon Banner is taking on a new and vital role. Jon will serve as Senior Executive Producer responsible for division wide initiatives, reporting to me and bringing his great intelligence and intensity to some of our most important special projects.

Given Jon’s deep relationships across the company, his formidable knowledge of the news business and his can-do spirit, he will be a bulldozer in our drive to unite this organization with a common voice and mission. Jon will also continue as a leader for our 2012 political coverage and special events.

For years, Jon has been one of the rocks of ABC News, helping to hold the division together during the twin traumas of Peter’s death and Bob’s wounding in Iraq. Since 2003 when Jon took the reins of World News, the broadcast has been recognized repeatedly for its excellence with more than a dozen Emmy awards, two Peabody Awards, a George Polk award and numerous Edward R. Murrow awards including back to back prizes for Best Newscast. On a personal note, Jon has been a friend for years and a trusted advisor over the past nine months. I am grateful he is taking on this new challenge and look forward to working very closely with him.

I’m also delighted to report that Michael Corn – one of the highest impact players at ABC News – will succeed Jon as Executive Producer of World News. As Senior Producer of the broadcast, Michael has helped lead our coverage of breaking news events around the world, from the West Virginia mine disaster to the Gulf oil spill to all of the historic events this year.

I came to know Michael well during my tenure at Good Morning America – we worked closely at all hours of the day and night – and I am confident that his energy, creativity, competitive zeal and news judgment will lead the program to new heights.

Through extraordinary times, Jon has been a warrior for ABC News. He hands over the program at an exciting moment of growth, opportunity, editorial excellence and momentum.

Please join me in thanking Jon and congratulating him on his new leadership role.

I know that all of you will give Michael your full support and wish him the best in this exciting new assignment.

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