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David Gregory Goes One-on-One with Susan Rice

SusanRiceMTPIn her first network Sunday public affairs show appearance since becoming National Security Adviser, Susan Rice will go one-on-one with David Gregory tomorrow on “Meet the Press.” Rice will discuss the chaos and bloody tug of war in Ukraine which overnight took a new turn. Rice will also discuss America’s strained relationship with Russia. Until 2010, Rice’s husband Ian Cameron was the executive producer of NBC’s Sunday show rival, “This Week with George Stephanopoulos,” which tomorrow will be hosted by Martha Raddatz.

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ABC Reporter, Obama Press Team Member Tie the Knot

Matthew Jaffe, (left) a reporter for ABC News and Univision who most recently covered the GOP primary, has married a member of Pres. Obama’s press team.

Jaffe married Katie Hogan, the president’s deputy press secretary, in Lake Geneva, WI over the weekend. Hogan and Jaffe are based in Chicago, which is home to the president’s re-election campaign headquarters.

ABC tells us Jaffe’s been reassigned to general news and is no longer covering politics. He had been focusing on the Latino vote in November’s election. Fluent in Spanish, he’s reported for Univision’s morning show and both the English and Spanish language Univision websites, as well as ABC News Radio and

This is the second ABCer to be hitched to an Obama press team official. ABC News correspondent Claire Shipman is married to President Obama’s press secretary Jay Carney. Also, former “ABC This Week” executive producer Ian Cameron is married to Susan Rice, Pres. Obama’s Ambassador to the United Nations.

Rick Kaplan named EP of ABC’s ‘This Week with Christiane Amanpour’

He’s not even out, and he’s already back in.

Rick Kaplan, whose final “CBS Evening News with Katie Couric” production is set for tonight, is about to undertake his third tour of duty at ABC News as he joins the network to head up political coverage and executive produce “This Week with Christiane Amanpour.”

Kaplan announced Tuesday he was leaving CBS News. It was a return to CBS for Kaplan who worked for Walter Cronkite‘s CBS broadcast.

After CBS, Kaplan spent 18 years at ABC (1979-1997) first as senior producer of “World News Tonight,” then EP of “Nightline” from 1985-1989; creator and EP of “Primetime LIVE” from 1989-1994 and finally EP of “World News Tonight with Peter Jennings” from 1994-1996.

Kaplan returned to ABC News in 2003-2004 as SVP responsible for the division’s hard news programs and political coverage. Insiders remember when he wrapped the ABC News bus for 2004 presidential campaign coverage.

Not only is this a return to ABC for Kaplan, who’s also a past president of MSNBC, but it reunites him with Amanpour with whom he worked in the late 1990′s when Kaplan was president of CNN.

Kaplan will be based in New York and, like Amanpour, commute to Washington for Sunday’s shows.

“This Week” has been without an executive since Ian Cameron departed the show last Fall.

ABC News president Ben Sherwood‘s note after the jump…

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Ian Cameron to Leave ABC’s ‘This Week’

First on TVNewser: Ian Cameron, the executive producer of ABC’s “This Week with Christiane Amanpour,” is leaving the program at the end of the year, people familiar with the decision tell TVNewser.

Cameron was named executive producer of “This Week” in 2008, and before that served as senior Washington producer for “ABC World News with Charles Gibson.” He had been with ABC News since 1998.

“Nightline” executive producer James Goldston, who added oversight of “This Week” in August, will take over day-to-day operations when Cameron departs.

Based on a memo sent to employees by ABC News president David Westin, it appears that there may be some consolidation among the “Nightline” and “This Week” staff once the transition is complete:

James Goldston has been working with Ian and me for several months on This Week, and at the end of the year he will take over day-to-day responsibilities for producing the program, relying on the capable This Week staff in Washington as well as integrating operations where it makes sense with the Nightline team.

Update: It’s official, the letters from Westin and Cameron are after the jump.

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Westin Announces Leadership Rearrange at ABC News

westin_8-26.jpgABC News President David Westin sent a memo to staff, obtained by TVNewser, earlier today outlining the new/altered management responsibilities for leadership at the network. While most of the changes add responsibilities for various senior staffers, some are shifting their roles, including “Nightline” EP James Goldston who will now oversee “This Week with Christiane Amanpour” as well.

The announcements are a part of the restructuring of the news division that Westin began instituting earlier this year. Most of today’s changes stem from the departure of Dave Davis, who had a number of people reporting to him.

The biggest surprise might be that Goldston, who EPs the successful “Nightline” from New York, will now also oversee the Sunday program “This Week,” which is based in D.C., with EP Ian Cameron reporting to him.

With Davis’ departure, Westin appears to be getting more closely involved with the big NYC shows, telling the EPs of “World News,” “GMA,” “20/20,” and “Nightline” that they’ll be reporting directly to him.

And as longtime ABCer Phyllis McGrady shifts to a consultant role, David Sloan, EP of newsmagazines, will take responsibility of all long-form programming, though Goldston will oversee primetime programming featuring Amanpour whose arrangement with the network includes “primetime documentaries on international subjects.”

In addition, “World News” EP Jon Banner will now oversee the political and special events units. Special events EP Marc Burstein will now report to Banner.

The full memo with more specifics after the jump…

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Sunday Show Ratings: Amanpour Debuts #2 in Demo, #3 in Total Viewers

sunday_show_logos_5-13.jpgChristiane Amanpour‘s debut on ABC’s “This Week” finished second in the demo behind NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday, but third in total viewers behind CBS’ “Face the Nation.” 2.25 million viewers tuned in for her first broadcast, though that might not include you if you tried to Tivo it.

In comparison to last week — Jake Tapper‘s final broadcast as interim host — ABC grew in total viewers (+7%) and the demo (+18%). Compared to the same week last year when George Stephanopoulos was still the host, the program was down -550,000 total viewers and -180,000 in the demo. (Interestingly, ABC topped the four Sunday Shows for just the first time in a decade exactly one year ago.)

While finishing in the middle of the pack wouldn’t constitute a splashy start, ABC is outwardly comfortable. “We are very pleased with the broadcast on Sunday, and we’re exactly where we thought we’d be,” “This Week” EP Ian Cameron said when we reported the early Fast Nationals numbers. “It’s been a solid start all around.”

Compared to last week, NBC and FOX grew while CBS dropped, particularly in the demo. All three programs were up year-to-year.

Cable and network rebroadcasts of “MTP” drew an additional 916,000 viewers. “Fox News Sunday” drew an additional 1,794,000 total viewers on cable replays.

Network Program Total Viewers A25-54
NBC “Meet the Press” 2.81M 940K
CBS “Face the Nation” 2.37M 670K
ABC “This Week” 2.25M 800K
FOX “Fox News Sunday” 1.22M 460K

Early Numbers: Amanpour ABC Debut Finishes #3 Total Viewers, #2 in Demo

amanpour_8-2.jpgChristiane Amanpour‘s debut as host of ABC’s “This Week” finished third in total viewers behind NBC’s “Meet the Press” and CBS’ “Face the Nation” according to Nielsen Fast Nationals early ratings numbers. The program was, however, able to top “Face” in the A25-54 demo rating. “MTP” was remained the top show in both categories:

Program Total Viewers A25-54 rating
Meet the Press 2.81M 0.8
Face the Nation 2.38M 0.5
This Week 2.21M 0.6

The new host enters the Sunday show fray in the middle of the summer, typically a period of lower overall viewership, and on the heels of an unusual seven month anchor rotation for that program, much of which was filled by interim anchor Jake Tapper. Still, some may view her inability to win the day as a slow start.

That’s not the case at ABC, at least outwardly. “We are very pleased with the broadcast on Sunday, and we’re exactly where we thought we’d be,” says “This Week” EP Ian Cameron. “It’s been a solid start all around.”

If the numbers hold, “This Week” will have posted the most week-to-week growth compared to the NBC and CBS competition. Check back Thursday for the Nielsen final numbers and more analysis.

‘This Week with Christiane Amanpour’ Debuts August 1st

thisweek_7-14.jpgChristiane Amanpour officially starts on ABC’s “This Week” Sunday August 1st. The network began running promos for the new iteration of the program during the NBA Finals.

In conjunction with the announcement of the start date, EP Ian Cameron says, “This is an opportunity to broaden the canvas to more thoroughly explore how the world impacts Washington and how Washington impacts the world,” which echoes sentiments Amanpour expressed to TVNewser back when she revealed the new gig.

She announced she was leaving CNN in March to take over the program, which had been without a steady anchor since George Stephanopoulos departed for “Good Morning America” full-time at the start of the year. ABC White House correspondent Jake Tapper had been filling-in since her signing. ABC News President David Westin says Tapper went “above and beyond” for the network, adding “We couldn’t have made it through this period of transition without him, and for that we’re grateful.”

The Inspiration Behind “Black in America 2″


John Rice, Malaak Compton-Rock, Dr. Steve Perry, Soledad O’Brien, Cicely Tyson and CNN EP Mark Nelson at last night’s “Black in America 2″ screening in Harlem, NY.

Last night we headed up to Harlem for the New York screening of CNN’s “Black in America 2.” The four-hour documentary is a continuation of the Soledad O’Brien series which drew 16 million viewers over several airings last year.

This time around, O’Brien and her team report on the stories of successful community leaders who are improving the lives of African-Americans, including Malaak Compton-Rock, the wife of comedian Chris Rock, who, along with O’Brien traveled to South Africa with two dozen teens for two weeks of volunteer service in shanty towns and orphanages. Actor/producer/director Tyler Perry gives O’Brien a tour of his movie studio – not in Hollywood – but in Atlanta. And there’s the story of John Rice, the brother of U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice (and brother-in-law of “This Week” EP Ian Cameron) who created the “Management Leadership for Tomorrow” program.

In the crowd, Oprah’s BFF Gayle King, actress Cicely Tyson, who is featured in the special, and Warner Music EVP Kevin Liles.

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Will “This Week” Disclose Guest is Married to the EP?

1CameronRice_4.3.jpgThe U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice will be George Stephanopoulosguest tomorrow on “This Week.” It just so happens Rice is married to “This Week” executive producer Ian Cameron. So, will this be disclosed?

An ABC News spokeswoman tells TVNewser Stephanopoulos will disclose the information at the end of the interview. We’ve also learned Cameron has recused himself from the planning and pre-production of the segment and won’t be in the control room during that portion of the show.

> Update: At the end of the interview, Stephanopoulos said, “One more note to that interview taped just a few minutes ago, you should know that Ambassador Rice’s husband produces ‘This Week’ but to avoid any conflict he was not involved in any way, with today’s interview.”

> More: Stephenopoulos blogs about the interview and how it came to be: “I booked the interview directly with the White House, and did not discuss the interview with Ian after that.”