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NY Times: David Westin to Resign From ABC News

Westin_2.23.jpgUpdate: TVNewser has the internal memo from Westin announcing his departure. The full memo is after the jump:

I am confident ABC News is better positioned for the future than it has been at any time since I came here in March of 1997.

As rewarding as I’ve found my time here, there are some other things I want to do professionally — things that I cannot explore while fulfilling my responsibilities here.

I’m announcing my decision now so that I can pursue those possibilities, something I couldn’t do in fairness to all of you until I’d told you of my plans to step down.

Original story: The New York TimesBill Carter reports that ABC News president David Westin will submit his resignation from the company Tuesday.

Carter reports that Westin will stay on through the end of the year, and that he told senior staffers of his decision today.

Why step down?

The decision, one of the staff members said on Monday night, relates to a long-running conflict between Mr. Westin and the management of the network, including ABC’s parent company, the Walt Disney Company, over the financial standing of the news division.

ABC News reduced its workforce by around 25% earlier this year. As a broadcast news operation without the benefit of a strong cable presence, the division has been hit especially hard during the recession.

Westin’s memo to staff is below…

More: Anne Sweeney‘s note to staff: “While it will be sad to see David leave, his desire to pursue other professional endeavors is understandable, and commendable…” (After the jump)
Westin_2.23.jpgUpdate: TVNewser has the internal memo from Westin announcing his departure. The full memo is after the jump:

I am confident ABC News is better positioned for the future than it has been at any time since I came here in March of 1997.

As rewarding as I’ve found my time here, there are some other things I want to do professionally — things that I cannot explore while fulfilling my responsibilities here.

I’m announcing my decision now so that I can pursue those possibilities, something I couldn’t do in fairness to all of you until I’d told you of my plans to step down.

Original story: The New York TimesBill Carter reports that ABC News president David Westin will submit his resignation from the company Tuesday.

Carter reports that Westin will stay on through the end of the year, and that he told senior staffers of his decision today.

Why step down?

The decision, one of the staff members said on Monday night, relates to a long-running conflict between Mr. Westin and the management of the network, including ABC’s parent company, the Walt Disney Company, over the financial standing of the news division.

ABC News reduced its workforce by around 25% earlier this year. As a broadcast news operation without the benefit of a strong cable presence, the division has been hit especially hard during the recession.

Westin’s memo to staff is below…

More: Anne Sweeney‘s note to staff: “While it will be sad to see David leave, his desire to pursue other professional endeavors is understandable, and commendable…” (After the jump)


From: Westin, David L.
To: #ABCTV News ALL
Sent: Mon Sep 06 20:46:37 2010
Subject: Transition

Dear Colleague,

A month ago I told Bob Iger and Anne Sweeney that the time has come for me to step down as President of ABC News. Leading you has been a great privilege and a solemn responsibility — a responsibility that I tried to fulfill for over thirteen years by doing what I believed was best for this important news organization.

I will root for your continued success long after I am gone. I’ve always admired those few who know when it’s time to move on. This is the right time for me. Over the last nine months, we’ve put in place new anchors on all of our programs. At the same time, we went through a very difficult transformation made necessary by changes in our business and its economics.

I am confident ABC News is better positioned for the future than it has been at any time since I came here in March of 1997.

As rewarding as I’ve found my time here, there are some other things I want to do professionally — things that I cannot explore while fulfilling my responsibilities here.

I’m announcing my decision now so that I can pursue those possibilities, something I couldn’t do in fairness to all of you until I’d told you of my plans to step down. I have agreed to remain your leader through the end of the year to ensure that Anne has the time she needs to find the right successor and that there is an orderly transition.

So, I’m not going anywhere for the time being. I will need your support during this interim period to make sure that we continue to move forward. I have only the highest regard for the company of which we are a part, for its leadership, and – most important – for all of you.

I am grateful for your letting me be part of this great organization for so long.

David

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From: Westin, David L.
To: #ABCTV News ALL
Sent: Mon Sep 06 20:46:37 2010
Subject: Transition

Dear Colleague,

A month ago I told Bob Iger and Anne Sweeney that the time has come for me to step down as President of ABC News. Leading you has been a great privilege and a solemn responsibility — a responsibility that I tried to fulfill for over thirteen years by doing what I believed was best for this important news organization.

I will root for your continued success long after I am gone. I’ve always admired those few who know when it’s time to move on. This is the right time for me. Over the last nine months, we’ve put in place new anchors on all of our programs. At the same time, we went through a very difficult transformation made necessary by changes in our business and its economics.

I am confident ABC News is better positioned for the future than it has been at any time since I came here in March of 1997.

As rewarding as I’ve found my time here, there are some other things I want to do professionally — things that I cannot explore while fulfilling my responsibilities here.

I’m announcing my decision now so that I can pursue those possibilities, something I couldn’t do in fairness to all of you until I’d told you of my plans to step down. I have agreed to remain your leader through the end of the year to ensure that Anne has the time she needs to find the right successor and that there is an orderly transition.

So, I’m not going anywhere for the time being. I will need your support during this interim period to make sure that we continue to move forward. I have only the highest regard for the company of which we are a part, for its leadership, and – most important – for all of you.

I am grateful for your letting me be part of this great organization for so long.

David

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From: Sweeney, Anne X.
Sent: Mon Sep 06 21:05:49 2010
Subject: David Westin’s Transition

For the past 13 years, David proved himself a tireless advocate for ABC News, effectively guiding the group through some of the most seismic industry, and divisional, changes imaginable. During that time, he helped reinvent our News organization, and positioned us for great success going forward. While it will be sad to see David leave, his desire to pursue other professional endeavors is understandable, and commendable, and I know you’ll join me in wishing him nothing but the best. I’ll be announcing a new leader for ABC News in the near future.

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