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Juju Chang Named Anchor of ‘Nightline’

abc_juju_chang_090116_mainAs Cynthia McFadden packs for NBC, ABC is wasting no time in announcing her replacement at “Nightline.” ABC lifer Juju Chang has been named co-anchor of the ABC News broadcast effective immediately.

“Juju is the perfect example of someone whose dedication and tenacity to innovative reporting have paved the way for her success,” ABC/Disney co-president Ben Sherwood writes in a note to staff.

Chang, who has been with ABC News her entire career, starting as a desk assistant, is married to former NBC News boss Neal Shapiro, now president of WNET.

McFadden was one of the original anchors when “Nightline” went to a 3-anchor format in 2005, along with Martin Bashir and Terry Moran. Bashir left for MSNBC in 2010, replaced by Bill Weir. Last year, Dan Abrams replaced Moran who is now a foreign correspondent for ABC News. And when Weir left for CNN in October, Dan Harris took his spot.

In his note, Sherwood thanked McFadden for her 20 years of service. “Cynthia has been an amazing colleague, a loyal mentor to so many of our up and coming producers and I am personally grateful for her profound contributions to ABC News. It is with great fondness that I wish Cynthia the very best in her new adventure.”

Sherwood’s note after the jump…

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The Ticker: Dan’s Bar, Sean’s House, Jay’s Goodbye

  • “Nightline” co-anchor Dan Abrams has applied for a transfer of a liquor license at a restaurant space in Tribeca. The community board will take up the issue Wednesday night.

  • Fox News host Sean Hannity has put his home on the market. The 2.05 acre waterfront home in Lloyd Harbor — the 14th wealthiest town in America — is being listed for $3.6 million.

  • Jay Leno‘s Tonight Show” goodbye drew 14.6 million viewers Thursday night, his fourth most-watched show in 22 years of hosting. His first telecast in 1992 drew 16.1 million viewers.

The Ticker: Zinczenko, NAMIC, Martin

  • ABC News is adding former NBC News contributor and Men’s Health editor David Zinczenko as health and wellness editor. Zinczenko, a good friend of ABC News anchor Dan Abrams, will appear on all programs and platforms.

  • The National Association for Multi-ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC) Vision Awards have been handed out, and CNN was the big winner, taking home four awards. Oprah Winfrey and ESPN were also winners.

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Dan Abrams To Become ‘Nightline,’ Chief Legal Affairs Anchor For ABC News

Following the news that Terry Moran would be leaving “Nightline” to become chief foreign correspondent for ABC News, the network has named Dan Abrams as chief legal affairs anchor and an anchor for “Nightline.”

In addition to anchoring ABC’s late night news program and reporting on legal issues for the network, he will have an expanded role on “Good morning America,” including a new branded segment.

“Dan brings a passion for news and an entrepreneurial zeal to all of his work,” ABC News president Ben Sherwood wrote in an email to staff. ” Now he’ll have new opportunities to deliver his signature reporting to the Nightline audience, in prime time on ABC’s The Lookout, in the mornings on GMA, and on World News, ABCNews.com, ABC News Radio, and all our platforms.”

Abrams will be stepping back from day-to-day oversight at Abrams Media, which includes Mediaite.com, to devote his attention to ABC. He is a TV news veteran, having previously served as anchor, legal analyst and general manager of MSNBC, and joined ABC News in 2011.
Sherwood’s note, below.
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Party for Jeffrey Toobin’s Latest Book, ‘The Oath’

Politics and law were the hot topics at Time Warner Center last night as colleagues, friends and family came out to fete Jeffrey Toobin and his new book, “The Oath,” about the often confrontational relationship between the Obama White House and the Supreme Court.

The book party included a discussion with CNN’s Senior Political Analyst David Gergen. Among the attendees: Mediaite’s Dan Abrams and his father, attorney Floyd Abrams; CNN anchor Ashleigh Banfield, execs Ken Jautz and Mark Whitaker; News Corp’s Joel Klein, Bloomberg’s Norm Pearlstine, The New Yorker‘s David Reminck as well as Toobin’s mother, Marlene Sanders, a former CBS News correspondent and Toobin’s wife Amy McIntosh.

TV News Veterans (And Viewers) Respond to Ann Curry’s ‘Today’ Exit

When Ann Curry announced her departure from “Today” this morning, reactions quickly poured in. On the “Today” Facebook page, every comment on the wall from visitors was about Ann, with most saying that they were not pleased with the decision. Within 4 minutes of posting the story about Ann’s new role, the story received over 2,500 comments:

Elsewhere, prominent figures in the TV news business shared their thoughts on Curry’s departure.

CNN “Piers Morgan Tonight” EP Jonathan Wald, who worked with Curry when he was EP of “Today” and “NBC Nightly News”:

“Today” correspondent Jenna Bush Hager:

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Lara Spencer Loves A Good Yard Sale, and Parties for Books about Yard Sales

Lara Spencer, once host of PBS’s “Antiques Roadshow,” loves a good roadside sale. And now she’s written a book about it.

So last night, designer Jonathan Adler hosted the GMA anchor and a crowd of tvnewsers and friends at his Madison Avenue store celebrating the publication of her new book “I Brake For Yard Sales.”

Spotted in the crowd: George Stephanopoulos and Ali Wentworth, Josh Elliott, ABC News President Ben Sherwood, (right, with Spencer) ABC SVP’s James Goldston and Jeffrey Schneider, ABC anchor Deborah Roberts, WABC anchor Diana Williams, Fox5 New York anchor Greg Kelly, ABC’s Dan Abrams and NBC’s Donnie Deutsch, among others.

Spencer outlines some of her tips in a Yard Sales 101 column on ABCNews.com.

Will Katie Couric’s Morning Return Give Rise to GMA?

ABC went dancing with its star today, and she didn’t miss a step.

Katie Couric’s guest-hosting stint on ‘Good Morning America’ came off with nary a hiccup. Despite a six-year absence from the a.m. game, she seamlessly picked up where she left off at “Today,” displaying the goofy humor and warmth that made her a star.

She laughed. She danced. She cracked wise. What’s not to love?

Did we say love? Like a shark at a shipwreck, “GMA” is moving in for the kill against “Today.” With only 137,000 viewers separating them, according to the latest Nielsen ratings, “GMA” is counting on a week of Couric to end her alma mater’s 16-year dominance.

In response to ABC’s massive promotion, “Today” announced last week that Monday’s show would feature a “legend.” (I’m a big Meredith Vieria fan, but she hardly fits the category.) Sarah Palin guest hosts tomorrow; irony abounds. It was Couric, then with CBS, who derailed Palin in ’08 by asking the vice-presidential candidate what newspapers she read.

ABC made sure Couric’s visit was treated by her colleagues like a coronation. Her co-hosts were positively giddy, and every correspondent welcomed her. At 7:21 a.m., she told an adoring George Stephanopoulos that she was “starting to relax.”

Couric did several taped bits about her return to morning TV, beginning with one in which she ran around her apartment in her jammies and drank endless cups of coffee to stay awake for her debut. In another, her driver mistakenly took her to NBC before heading to ABC’s Times Square studio.

The most blatant, self-serving skit revolved around Couric’s love fest with ABC’s hit “DWTS,” now in Week 3. She camped around backstage with host Tom Bergeron. She lusted for mucho-macho

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The Morning Ticker: Tornados, Abrams, Rodriguez…

  • Ashleigh Banfield and Soledad O’Brien will be hosting their CNN morning shows from tornado-ravaged Harrisburg, IL this morning. CNN’s Don Lemon as well as four other correspondents and meteorologists are in the Southern Illinois town. Wednesday morning’s tornado was determined to be an EF-4 the second-most powerful on the scale.
  • ABC News legal analyst Dan Abrams is back co-hosting “Live with Kelly” today and tomorrow. Abrams filled in  a few weeks ago alongside Kelly Ripa. On a related note, in this week’s “So What Do You Do?” feature, “Loveline” host Mike Catherwood tells us how his turn in Regis’s chair was a career changer. “I signed with a big agency, I got Dancing with the Stars, and that’s when everything started snowballing.”
  • Janelle Rodriguez, the newly-named VP of programming for CNN, is interviewed by the IWMF. Rodriguez talks about how her degree in rhetoric — yes, rhetoric — her master’s in Film, and the 2004 South Asian tsunami all put her on the path to CNN executive-ness.

Nancy Grace Defends Her Whitney Houston Comments on GMA

HLN host Nancy Grace appeared on “Good Morning America” this morning, where she and ABC News legal analyst Dan Abrams argued about Grace’s recent comments regarding the death of Whitney Houston.

“Who let her slip or pushed her underneath that water?,” Grace said earlier this week, without any sort of evidence to back up the insinuation that it was anything other than an awful accident.

On “GMA” Grace doubled-down:

“I understand that some people may consider that jarring or harsh, but there is nothing delicate or nice about a murder, a death, an unexpected death, or an autopsy,” she said.

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