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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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TV News Crews Head to North Carolina for Hurricane Arthur

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Tropical Storm Arthur has strengthened into a category one Hurricane churning up the east coast set to hit North Carolina’s Outer Banks hardest. TV news crews have already dispersed crews to cover the extreme weather this 4th of July.

The Weather Channel will have a number of meteorologists and correspondents reporting live from North Carolina. Sam Champion, Stephanie Abrams, and Mike Seidel will report from Kill Devil Hills; Reynolds Wolf and Raegan Medgie will do live shots from Wrightsville Beach; Dave Malkoff and Ron Blome will report from various Outer Banks locations, and Jim Cantore will report from Salvo, NC.

ABC News Correspondent Matt Gutman will report from Wrightsville Beach, NC. Correspondent David Kerley and NewsOne Correspondent Marci Gonzalez will report from Nags Head, a town in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. ABC weather anchor Ginger Zee will cover the storm from New York City. Tonight, “World News” will lead with Arthur coverage; David Muir substitutes for Diane Sawyer.

NBC News has correspondent Kerry Sanders reporting from Kill Devil Hills, NC. CBS Newspath correspondent Craig Boswell is reporting from Nags Head, NC.

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ABC News Producer, Hired During Iraq War, Becomes U.S. Citizen

Faisal AlkadiriFaisal Sidiq Alkadiri, an ABC NewsOne producer, and his wife Zina are now American citizens.

ABC News hired Alkadiri as a translator the day after ABC teams arrived in Baghdad in 2003. “I did six stints in Baghdad and Faisal became a friend as well as a colleague,” says ABC News correspondent David Kerley.

When he decided to leave Iraq for the U.S., ABC’s affiliate news service, NewsOne hired him as a producer in Washington. Kerley helped the family with the immigration process. “When they arrived five years ago I picked them up at the airport and the family spent three weeks with my family,” Kerley tells TVNewser. “We now spend some of the holidays together, and always a couple of pool parties in the summer.”

Alkadiri’s wife and two daughters spoke some English when they arrived. The girls have considered themselves American for a couple years.

Thursday, at the Alexandria Federal Courthouse, Faisal and his wife Zina took the oath. The Federal Judge who administered the naturalization ceremony welcomed the new citizens in several languages, including Arabic,  and shook each of their hands.

“Faisal took a chance on a new, safer life for his family and he is now living the American dream,” Kerley says.

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.

How ABC News Got the Exclusive on Malaysia Airlines Flight 370

KerleyFlightAs the mystery of missing Malaysia Air Flight 370 grows, global news organizations are working around the clock with government and industry sources to piece together where the Boeing 777 may have ended up.

On “World News with Diane Sawyer” Thursday, ABC News had an exclusive from correspondent David Kerley, producer Matt Hosford and Senior Investigator Reporter Josh Margolin.

The teamwork produced a last minute confirmation from two U.S. officials that two communications systems were shut down at different times, posing the possibility that these acts were intentional.

“We had good info on the flight continuing for hours and pinging a satellite,” Kerley tells TVNewser, a fact widely reported Thursday afternoon. But less than an hour before air Kerley and his team, working with separate sources, learned of a deliberate shut down of systems. “We compared the statements, all the while Matt [Hosford] was in an edit bay trying to prepare the original piece and Josh [Margolin] worked the phone, coordinating with [ABC News Producer] James Hill.”

The mystery of flight 370 has been of great interest to news viewers. It has been the lead of all three evening newscasts, all week, and has been given increasing coverage by CNN for the last three days. The network notched second place finishes (behind Fox News) in the cable news ratings, in total day and primetime, both Tuesday and Wednesday.

And as we write, Kerley and his team are working on tonight’s “World News” story. With less than three hours to air, it could be another down-to-wire afternoon.

ABC News ‘Pink Slime’ Lawsuit Sent Back To State Court

The “Pink Slime” lawsuit is moving back to state court, much to the chagrin of attorneys for ABC News, whoa argued that its proper jurisdiction was in federal court.

The case, if you aren’t caught up, involves an ABC News story that referred to a certain processed beef product as “pink slime.” The manufacturer of the product, BPI, argues that the report was defamatory, and that calling it pink slime” misled consumers into think it was unsafe and unhealthy.

ABC News, Diane Sawyer, Jim Avila and David Kerley were all named as defendants in the suit, which is seeking more than $1 billion in damages.

“This is purely a decision on what court will hear the case,” says ABC News in a statement. “The federal court was very clear that in sending this case to state court it was not expressing any opinion on the merits of the case.  The court stated that ABC and the other defendants have the right to move to dismiss the case in the state court, and ABC intends to do just that.”

The AP has details on the latest move.

On Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Karen Schreier ordered the case back to the circuit court in Union County.

Erik Connolly, a lawyer for BPI, said the company is looking forward to presenting its case.

“We originally filed the case in state court because that was the proper jurisdiction,” Connolly said in an email. “The Court’s decision confirms we were correct.”

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Judge Recuses Himself From ‘Pink Slime’ Lawsuit, Citing Ties to ABC News

Judge Lawrence L. Piersol has recused himself from the billion-dollar defamation lawsuit against ABC because his daughter-in-law is a producer on “Good Morning America,” the AP reports.

South Dakota-based Beef Products, Inc. is suing ABC News for $1.2 billion for the network’s reports on its finely-textured beef products, referred to as “pink slime.” Diane Sawyer, Jim Avila and David Kerley were all named defendants in the lawsuit, which ABC filed a motion to dismiss last month.

The case has been reassigned to Chief Judge Karen Schreier.

ABC News Sued Over ‘Pink Slime’ Reports

ABC News, and anchor Diane Sawyer, have been named in a defamation lawsuit filed by Beef Products Inc. (BPI).

The Dakota Dunes, S.D.-based meat processor is seeking $1.2 billion in damages for roughly 200 “false and misleading and defamatory” statements about the product officially known as lean, finely textured beef, but has been refered to as “pink slime.”

ABC’s reporting “caused consumers to believe that our lean beef is not beef at all — that it’s an unhealthy pink slime, unsafe for public consumption, and that somehow it got hidden in the meat,” said Dan Webb, an attorney for BPI.

The 257-page lawsuit cites 11 TV reports and 14 online reports between March 7 and April 3, 2012. In addition to Sawyer, ABC correspondents Jim Avila and David Kerley are also named as defendants, as is a former Dept. of Agriculture microbiologist who coined the term “pink slime” in 2002. He was the “whistleblower” featured in ABC’s reports.

“The lawsuit is without merit,” says ABC News SVP Jeffrey Schneider, adding, “We will contest it vigorously.”

Watch Avila’s report from March 7, after the jump…

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Martha Raddatz Presented Fred Friendly First Amendment Award

ABC’s Martha Raddatz is presented the Fred Friendly First Amendment Award in New York City

Martha Raddatz has been in worse rooms, in worse countries, on military bases and battlefields.

Today, ABC’s senior foreign affairs correspondent graced the gilded dining room at the 19th century Metropolitan Club on New York’s 5th Avenue and was presented with the Fred Friendly First Amendment Award by Quinnipiac University.

Ruth Friendly, the widow of the legendary CBS newsman for whom the award is named, described Raddatz as “fearless.” The impossibly humble Raddatz said, in fact, she was “filled with fear” as she took the stage.

“The courageous ones are the people I have covered during my career,” said Raddatz accepting the award before a crowd of more than 100 guests, including her ABC News colleagues Diane Sawyer, Barbara Walters, previous Friendly recipient Charlie Gibson, George Stephanopoulos, Bob Woodruff, Terry Moran, David Kerley and Jim Avila.

Raddatz talked about the courage of Staff Sgt. Sal Guinta, the first living Medal of Honor recipient since the Vietnam War. “Sal Guinta does not think he is courageous or a hero. He does not think he did anything that others wouldn’t do in the same situation.”

And the bravery of her own colleagues, “far too many of whom have lost their lives or been badly wounded doing so,” as Raddatz looked toward table four. “And I still can’t be in the same room with

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