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ABC Newsers Toast Ben Sherwood

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As Ben Sherwood heads West, his East Coast colleagues sent him off in style last night at the Nomad Hotel in New York’s Flatiron District. Sherwood, named co-president of Disney/ABC TV in March, is moving his family to Los Angeles.

Insiders tell us heartfelt toasts were given by Barbara Walters, Diane Sawyer, Robin Roberts, George Stephanopoulos, David Muir and Lara Spencer. Sherwood got a big laugh when he promised Stephanopoulos a reality show, detective comedy or both.

And there were gifts: Sherwood was given a framed golden headset to remind him of his days in the control room — with the label “break in case of emergency,” while the whole family got ABC News Extreme Weather Team jackets — with “Sherwood” embroidered on the back.

Sherwood’s had three stints with ABC News, starting in 1989 as a producer at “Primetime Live.” After a run at “NBC Nightly News,” Sherwood returned to ABC in 2004 for a two-year stint as EP of “Good Morning America.” Sherwood turned to writing, penning three best-sellers, one of which was turned into a major motion picture. In 2010, he returned to ABC as News president.

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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.”

The Saturday Ticker: Woodruff Kicks, Claman Steaks, Francis Tours

  • Bob Woodruff will be among the ABC Newsers at the World Cup next month in Brazil. Woodruff will report for ESPN and ABC News. Correspondent Paula Faris will also be in Brazil reporting on the tournament, breaking news and other highlights for “Good Morning America,” “World News” and “Nightline.”

  • FBN’s Liz Claman is among the biznewsers in Omaha for this morning’s Berkshire Hathaway annual meeting. “I have had many steaks in Omaha,” Claman tells the Berkshire-owned Omaha World-Herald. “I feel really well-fed whenever I am there.” Claman will also get her annual interview with Berkshire chairman Warren Buffett.

  • Claman’s colleague Melissa Francis takes Closer magazine on a tour of her home on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. “The moment I walked in, I knew. But I hid it, because that’s not very strong negotiating,” she laughs.

Broadcast, Cable Networks Plan For First Anniversary of Boston Marathon Bombings

Boston Marathon bombingThe broadcast and cable networks will devote special coverage this weekend and next week to the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings. Here’s what they have planned.

NBC News: Brian Williams anchors a primetime special, “108 Hours: Inside the Hunt for the Boston Marathon Bombers,” at 8pmET/7pmCT tonight. The anniversary will be marked with coverage on “Nightly News,” which will report on the case against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev; “Today,” which will feature survival stories of the bombing victims; and “Meet the Press,” which will host a panel discussion about the bombings, investigation, and security in America.

Additionally, “Today” show news anchor Natalie Morales will run the Boston Marathon on April 21 with Carmen Acabbo, whose sister and niece were injured at the marathon last year.

ABC News: Diane Sawyer, Dan Harris, Amy Robach, Bob Woodruff and Brian Ross will report for all ABC’s news platforms on the anniversary. Harris will be in Boston covering the memorial events on April 15 and this year’s marathon on April 21, while Robach will profile a family impacted by the bombings and Ross will provide updates on the investigation. “This Week” will have an interview with Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick on Sunday.

CBS News: Sunday’s “60 Minutes” will feature a profile of Boston native Shalane Flanagan, who is aiming to be the first American in 30 years to win the Boston Marathon this year. Flanagan, who finished fourth last year, wants retribution for what she said was “a personal attack on my city.” Scott Pelley will anchor coverage of the moments of silence from the Marathon’s finish line on Tuesday. “CBS Evening News” will also originate from Boston Tuesday night.

Correspondent Jeff Glor will cover commemorative events, Chip Reid interviews the carjacking victim that helped police locate the two suspects and Elaine Quijano speaks with a Boston Globe photographer who has chronicled the recovery of a mother and daughter both hurt in the attack.

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Networks Cover Announcement: ‘MH370 Ended in the Southern Indian Ocean’

The broadcast networks all interrupted their programming around 10amET to cover the Malaysian Prime Minister’s announcement that Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 “ended in the southern Indian Ocean.”

ABC News aired a special report with “Good Morning America’s” Josh Elliott anchoring along with correspondent David Kerley, anchor Bob Woodruff in Kuala Lumpur, correspondent David Wright in Australia, correspondent Gloria Riviera in Beijing, and contributor Steve Ganyard.

NBC News aired a special report on the broadcast network with “Today’s” Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie anchoring in New York, correspondent Bob Hager, correspondent Tom Costello in Washington, foreign correspondent Kier Simmons from Kuala Lumpur, and chief global correspondent Bill Neely in Australia.

CBS News also aired a special report with Charlie Rose and Clarissa Ward anchoring. Correspondent Holly Williams reported from Australia, correspondent Seth Doane from Kuala Lumpur, and correspondent Bob Orr from Washington, D.C.

The cable news networks also carried extended coverage of the news.

Coverage of Missing Malaysian Flight Continues on Cable News

Screen Shot 2014-03-08 at 2.11.21 PMThe cable networks continue coverage of downed Malaysian Airlines flight 370 which lost contact with  air traffic control off the coast of Vietnam enroute to Beijing Saturday morning. The search  for the aircraft, with 239 people on board, including at least three Americans, continues into the night.

Fox News began reporting the story at 7:45 last night on Greta Van Susteren‘s show. Coverage continued with Megyn Kelly and into “Hannity.” FNC’s David Piper is reporting from the region. CNN/U.S. reported the news at 7:58pm and continued through Friday primetime with Anderson Cooper, Piers Morgan along with aviation expert Richard Quest and, in the overnight hours, a CNNI simulcast. MSNBC reported the news at 8:14 during Chris Hayes‘ show with further updates in primetime.

Brian Williams updated “Nighlty News” for the West Coast with aviation correspondent Tom Costello reporting from Washington. Diane Sawyer updated “ABC World News” with Cynthia McFadden reporting. McFadden also anchored a West Coast special report around 10:15pmPT. ”Nightline” lead with the news as well.

woodruffABC News correspondent Bob Woodruff is in Beijing. He attended a news conference earlier today where he thought he might, in his words,” knocked over” (left) by the Chinese media during the tense newsier. Correspondent Gloria Riviera is also in Beijing for ABC, and digital correspondent Joohee Cho is in Vietnam.

NBC News is reporting that two men who had their passports stolen were on the manifest, but are alive and well. An Italian man, currently in Thailand, had his passport stolen a year ago and an Austrian citizen reported his passport stolen two years ago while traveling in Asia.

Springsteen’s Guitar and Brian Williams’ Tie Bring $250,000 to Bob Woodruff Foundation

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At the Bob Woodruff Foundation’s “Stand Up for Heroes” benefit last night at the Theater at Madison Square Garden, Bruce Springsteen fanatic Brian Williams joined Springsteen on stage to help with the event’s finale: a live auction of an autographed Springsteen guitar, a one-hour guitar lesson provided by The Boss, an invitation to sit in on a Springsteen recording session, and lasagna cooked by Springsteen’s mother. And Williams contributed too: he threw in the tie he was wearing.

The winning bid was a quarter million dollars. Also appearing at the benefit show: Jon Stewart, Jerry Seinfeld, Bill Cosby, Jim Gaffigan and Roger Waters.

The Bob Woodruff Foundation was founded by the ABC Newsman and his wife, Lee, following Bob’s injuries while covering the war in Iraq in 2006. The foundation provides resources and support to injured service members, veterans and their families.

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ABC’s Elizabeth Vargas in Rehab for Alcohol Abuse

ElizabethVargas“20/20″ co-anchor Elizabeth Vargas is in a treatment facility for alcohol abuse, the Daily news reports.

“Like so many people, I am dealing with addiction,” Vargas says in a statement. “I realized I was becoming increasingly dependent on alcohol, and feel fortunate to have recognized it for the problem it was becoming. I am in treatment and am so thankful for the love and support of my family, friends and colleagues at ABC News.”

Vargas, who has been with ABC since 1996, has been in treatment for a few weeks and will be in rehab for a few more.

“We are proud of the steps Elizabeth has taken and are pulling for her recovery,” an ABC spokesman says. “We look forward to having her back home at ABC News where she has done so much distinguished work over the years. Elizabeth is a member of our family and we will support her in every way we can.”

Vargas co-anchors “20/20″ alongside David Muir and she often filled in for Robin Roberts on “Good Morning America” when Roberts was on medical leave for her bone marrow transplant. In January 2006, she was paired with Bob Woodruff to co-anchor “World News Tonight.” That was cut short when Woodruff was seriously injured while on assignment in Iraq.

“Like so many others, I will deal with this challenge one day at a time,” says Vargas. “If coming forward today gives one other person the courage to seek help, I’m grateful.”

Lee Woodruff: ‘I Can Take or Leave Sex, and Mostly I’d Rather Leave It’

In the October issue of Ladies’ Home Journal, “CBS This Morning” contributor Lee Woodruff gives readers a rather intimate peek into her marriage to ABC News correspondent Bob Woodruff.

Titled Let’s Talk About Sex (And Why I’d Rather Just Go To Sleep), her column is blunt: “Okay, I’ll say it. After four kids and 25 years of marriage, it’s not easy to get in the mood for sex.  My husband would disagree.”

She continues:

Somewhere between the midnight feedings and work deadlines, the chasm grew between my husband’s needs and my desire. He once joked that he has the strength of 10,000 men after sex, and it seems to be true. So, like many a wife before me, I am not beneath doing it even when I don’t feel like it just so he’ll use some of that postcoital power to get the household chores done. (Unclogged drain joke, anyone?) There have been times I’ve even faked my own pleasure (oh, please, we’ve all done it) so I can just go to sleep already….

We are road-tested now, grayer, and more wrinkled. Marriages have seasons. And while there’s something sexy about conjuring up the old us, there’s a peace in accepting that we are past the “skyrockets in flight” period.

What do you think of the column? Is it TMI? Feel free to weigh in with comments.

The Evening Ticker: Woodruff, MSNBC.com, Walters

  • ABC News correspondent Bob Woodruff is planning a series of reports for “Nightline,” highlighting “the most dangerous and extreme places across the globe.” The debut segment airs tonight, and features a look at child coal miners.

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