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James Goldston: ‘Nothing is More Important Than the Safety and Security of Our People’

MonroviaAs one of its competitors deals with a freelance cameraman contracting Ebola, ABC News president James Goldston told employees today the network’s highest priority is its medical team on-the-ground in Liberia:

In a memo obtained by TVNewser, Goldston praises Dr. Richard Besser and his crew while also explaining precautionary measures being taken.

“I am so proud of the work that Dr. Rich Besser, Adam Desiderio, and our team have done on the Ebola Outbreak in Liberia. It is our highest calling—providing critical information and understanding of a complex and alarming situation, and this team has done a remarkable and courageous job. I want to stress that we are taking these measures out of an abundance of caution. Rich and Adam have taken every necessary precaution while on this assignment, and are currently not symptomatic and do not believe they are at risk. They have been taking their temperatures multiple times daily and, upon their return to New York, will continue to do so for the following 21 days.”

Goldston also points out how ABC’s plan for its journalists’ re-entry into the U.S. is different than NBC News due to the respective crews’ different levels of exposure. “Dr. Nancy Snyderman’s team falls under the CDC’s “Some Risk of Exposure” level, while Rich and Adam fall under the “No Known Exposure” level.”

While reporting yesterday, Dr. Besser stood in front of a presumed-dead body being wrapped up by an Ebola burial team. “He’s not dead,” he said as the person’s arms started to move.

Goldston’s full note to staff after the jump.

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Roxanna Sherwood Named EP of ‘Nightline’

SherwoodRoxannaRoxanna Sherwood has been named executive producer of “Nightline.”

It’s an internal move. Sherwood, a 19-year ABC News veteran, was most recently a senior producer on “20/20.” “Whether delving into major investigations, traveling to all corners of the world, or covering big entertainment stories, Roxanna is a superb storyteller,” writes ABC News president James Goldston in a note to staff. Like Goldston, Sherwood was part of the relaunch of “Nightline” in 2005.

Sherwood’s move is the last in a series of recent executive producer changes at ABC News. She replaces Almin Karamehmedovic, on “Nightline” following Karamehmedocvic’s move to “World News Tonight,” which followed Michael Corn‘s move to “Good Morning America.” At “GMA” Corn replaced  Tom Cibrowski who was promoted to senior VP of programs, newsgathering and special events.

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Lara Spencer’s Flea Market Fete

“Good Morning America” anchors Robin Roberts, Amy Robach, George Stephanopoulos and Ginger Zee hosted a party to celebrate Lara Spencer‘s new book Flea Market Fabulous. Designer Jonathan Adler co-hosted at his store in Soho last night. Among the attendees: ABC News president James Goldston, WABC GM Dave Davis, and ABC News anchor Diane Sawyer; also Michael Strahan, Bethenny Frankel, Rachel Ray, and Simon Doonan. Also top ABC News producers Michael Corn, Chris Vlasto, Rachel Miskowiec, Margo Baumgart, Marc BursteinSantina Leuci, and Spencer’s producers Sabrina Peduto and Kelly Hagan.

(Photos: Heidi Gutman/ABC)

The A.M. Ticker: Carney, Scaramucci, Goldston

  • During his first night as a CNN analyst, former White House press secretary Jay Carney got into it with Sen. John McCain. “You, in your role as a spokesperson, bragged about the fact that the last American combat troop had left Iraq,” said Mccain to Carney. “If we had left a residual force the situation would not be what it is today.”

  • ABC News President James Goldston and Fusion CEO Isaac Lee will come together for a conversation about the growing impact of Hispanic millennials on the TV industry at the 12th annual Hispanic Television Summit October 3.

ABC Newsers Celebrate at ‘Rock’n Robin’ Launch Party

Champagne glasses were raised high on a sun-glazed Manhattan rooftop last night as Robin Roberts thanked friends, colleagues, and loved ones on the day her production company launched.

“I’m wearing my father’s watch and my mother’s bracelet,” a teary-eyed Roberts said during a toast. “I don’t do that often, they usually just stay in my apartment, but I put them on, because this is something they wanted for me.”

“When you sometimes watch news and television and everything, you turn off the set and you’re just like, ‘oh my gosh, why should I get up in the morning?’ Roberts told TVNewser. “My ultimate goal is that if anybody sees our programming is that they’re going to feel inspired, and they’re going to feel the best is yet to come no matter what kind of situation they’re in.”

Roberts heaped praise on ABC, where she’s worked for 25 years of the 30 years she’s been in the business. “How many can say that?,” she says. “I think my loyalty has been rewarded, and it’s been a two-way street. We’ve helped each other, and they’ve stood by me in some very difficult times.”

And many of Roberts’ colleagues expressed support as she spreads her wings.

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More Behind-the-Scenes Changes at ABC News

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The flurry of behind-the-scenes moves at ABC News continues.

“This Week” EP Jonathan Greenberger has been promoted to VP and DC Bureau Chief while Robin Sproul, who’s served as DC Bureau Chief for 21 years, has been upped to VP of Public Affairs, network President James Goldston announced today. Greenberger will also stay on as head of the Sunday show.

Goldston praised both in a note to staff: “In the past year alone, she [Robin] has been named one of the “100 Most Influential People in Washington,” one of Washingtonian Magazine’s “Most Powerful Women,” and was awarded the “First Amendment Service Award” by the RTDNA.”

“In the year since he was appointed Executive Producer of “This Week”, Jonathan and his team have reinvented the Sunday morning news format, doubling down on their commitment to covering policy and politics while also embracing new ways of telling stories.”

These changes, first reported by Politico, come after a busy last week. As we first reported, “Good Morning America” SR. EP Tom Cibrowski‘ was promoted to senior VP of programs, newsgathering and special events. That change produced two others: “World News” EP Michael Corn taking over as EP of “GMA” and “Nightline” EP Almin Karamehmedovic taking the reins at “World News.”

Goldston’s full note after the jump.

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Executive Producer Changes at ABC News

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First on TVNewser: Big changes are coming to the producer ranks at ABC News.

TVNewser has learned “Good Morning America” Senior Executive Producer Tom Cibrowski (above, left) is being promoted to senior VP of programs, newsgathering and special events. Taking his place at the nation’s No. 1 morning show is current “World News” EP Michael Corn (above, center). Taking Corn’s job at “World News” is “Nightline” EP Almin Karamehmedovic. Karamehmedocvic, who has been with ABC News since 1989, arrives at “World News” as the program sees its first anchor change in nearly five years. David Muir takes over for Diane Sawyer next week.

Karamehmedocvic, a native of Bosnia and Herzegovina, has deep roots in international reporting for ABC. In 2001 he was one of the first journalists to gain access to Tora Bora, Afghanistan where Osama bin Laden was holed up, and in 2003 was a U.S. Army embed during the invasion of Iraq. A replacement at “Nightline” will come later, we hear.

Corn leaves “World News” as the show has consistently been winning in the A25-54 demographic, while still trailing “NBC Nightly News” among total viewers. He joins “GMA” as that broadcast enters its third year as the No. 1 morning show.

The moves will be announced by ABC News president James Goldston this morning.

> More: Goldston’s notes to staffers, after the jump…

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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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ABC News Dials Up New Radio Deal

ABCNewsRadio_10.6ABC News has signed on with Skyview Networks to distribute and market ABC News radio content.

The new arrangement, which begins in January, comes as ABC’s distribution agreement with Cumulus Media comes to an end. Cumulus, in its current state, is made up of many radio assets once owned by ABC. Disney sold off its ABC radio properties in 2007, even as ABC News continued producing radio content for 2,000 stations around the country, reaching 50 million listeners.

ABC News president James Goldston says the new deal “will help us deliver our content and bolster our sales effort. We’re going to expand our operations to invest in new programming, take control of distributing and marketing our content and deepen our affiliate relationships,” Goldston says.

Steve Jones, VP and General Manager of ABC Radio, will oversee the transition. ABC News Radio was recently honored with two Edward R. Murrow awards for journalistic excellence.

Skyview Networks, which specializes in news and sports programming, was formed in 1995 and provides distribution, inventory management and content for its radio partners.

Rob Marciano’s ‘Passion for Weather’ Leads to ABC News

MarcianoAs we reported yesterday, and ABC is making official this morning, Rob Marciano is leaving “Entertainment Tonight” to join ABC News as senior meteorologist. ABC News president James Goldston emailed his staff this morning with the news.

“Rob is a superb reporter with wide-ranging experience and true passion for weather and I look forward to watching him work alongside Ginger and the GMA team,” Goldston writes. His full note after the jump…

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