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The Ticker (ABC Edition): Hertzan, Besser, GH

  • Morgan Hertzan is joining ABC News as VP of a new non-fiction content development business for ABC’s cable, broadcast and digital operations. He’ll report to James Goldston. Hertzan joins ABC News from Plum TV. Before that, he was an SVP at NBC and GM of LX.TV.

  • “Tell Me the Truth, Doctor,” out later this month, is the first book from ABC’s health and medical editor Dr. Richard Besser. Dr. Besser delivers practical answers to the questions he hears every day empowering readers with vital information.

  • Today marks the 50th anniversary of ABC’s “General Hospital,” one of the remaining daytime dramas still on the air. Members of the cast rang the opening bell at the NYSE this morning, which got a mention on the cable news networks.

Who’s In Line to Take Over at NBC News?

In his farewell note to staff, departing NBC News president Steve Capus writes, “I have much I hope to accomplish in the next phase of my career.” So, too, do the men and women vying to replace Capus. Capus says NBCU News group Chairman Pat Fili-Krushel “will be meeting with people throughout the division, and articulating her vision for the NBCUniversal News Group.”

There are strong internal candidates, some of whom, it has been announced by Fili-Krushel, will take on additional duties. Alex Wallace (above, right), who oversees “Today,” and “Rock Center” will now oversee “Nightly News,” where she was once EP. Wallace, who’s been with NBC since 2005, would be the first female news president after nine men have held the job since 1968.

Phil Griffin will likely be considered for the job. As president of MSNBC for the last 4 and a half years he has given the network an identity and boosted ratings, consistently topping CNN — a network his close friend Jeff Zucker now runs. A front office and internal concern would be the progressive programming on the network, often not in line with NBC News standards. Mark Hoffman, president of CNBC, cannot be ruled out. Nor can Capus’ deputy, Antoine Sanfuentes, (above, left) who will run day-to-day in the interim.

External candidates are also plentiful…

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‘Good Morning America’ Inducted into B&C Hall of Fame

In addition to overtaking “Today” as the #1 morning show, ABC’s “Good Morning America” earned another distinction this year. Monday night, the show was inducted into the B&C Hall of Fame.

Longtime anchors Charlie Gibson and Joan Lunden (left) were in attendance representing all anchors of the show. ABC News president Ben Sherwood accepted the award and dedicated it to Robin Roberts, who is still recovering from bone marrow transplant surgery. Senior EP Tom Cibrowski and ABC SVPs James Goldston and Barbara Fedida attended.

In an email to his staff, obtained by TVNewser, Cibrowski writes the award comes, “After 37 glorious years on the air! More than 20,000 hours of broadcasting, a distinguished group of wonderful journalists and hosts, and thousands of us behind the scenes working every day to get on the air with one of America’s top brands.”

Sam Champion, Lara Spencer and Josh Elliott Put On Another Kind of Show

“Good Morning America” anchors Sam Champion, Lara Spencer, and Josh Elliott hosted a gallery opening in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan last night showing the works of Champion’s fiance Rubem Robierb.

Among the guests: “Live” co-host and former New York Giant Michael Strahan, MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts, ABC News SVPs James Goldston and Barbara Fedida and “GMA” Senior EP Tom Cibrowski and super agent Olivia Metzger.

Cibrowski told us he called it an early night on Tuesday. “Once I saw the 10 O’clock states come in, I kind of knew what to expect,” Cibrowski tells TVNewser. “And I had to be up in a few hours to get ["GMA"] on.”

Back at Times Square Studios, the lights had not yet gone out. Elliott told us he felt slightly guilty about the power outage which happened just before 11pmET. Stationed outside the studio in a 30 degree chill, the electricity used to light and heat his live shots may have caused the outage inside. “It’s completely dark,” recounted Elliott as he looked up to the second floor of the studio. “And I hear in my ear, ‘We’ve lost the lights, we need you to stretch.’” ABC elections EP Marc Burstein kept the network on the air by utilizing Elliot, reporters in the field and shuffling Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopoulos in another part of the studio until the lights came back.

Back to last night’s show, Champion couldn’t have been more proud of Robierb, while facing the prospect that many of the works would soon have new homes. “I hope no one buys that one,” said Champion of the $10,000 lithograph at the front of the gallery. “That one’s been in the living room.”

A portion of the proceeds from last night’s sales from The Bullet-Fly Effect will be donated to the American Red Cross.

‘Good Afternoon America:’ Lots of Fun, Little News

With just three minutes left on Wednesday’s “Good Afternoon America,” Lara Spencer and Josh Elliott are looking for a soccer ball.

The crew checks the studio. The audience checks their bags. Someone produces a volleyball, which Elliott, a huge soccer fan, dismisses. The commercial break ends, and Spencer and Elliott’s goodbyes go off without a hitch, soccer ball or not.

It was a much smoother ending for the third outing of the limited run show than it was for the first, a sign that the “GAA” team is quickly finding a rhythm.

“I feel pretty happy. It’s got a great spirit,” executive producer James Goldston told TVNewser after Wednesday’s show. “These things, they take time to bed in. But we’re here for nine weeks, and we’re going to have fun with it.”

One major difference between “Good Morning America” and its afternoon counterpart is the studio audience: about 100 people, the majority of them female. Throughout the show, the group is encouraged to cheer if they like something and boo if they don’t, which Elliott told TVNewser contributes to the fresher, more energetic feel that “GAA” is going for.

“The audience is a phenomenal drug,” he said.

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ABC News Readies ‘Good Afternoon America’

GMA Senior EP, ABC SVP James Goldston chats with Lara Spencer during rehearsals for "Good Afternoon America"

Today the “Good Morning America” brand moves to the afternoons with the launch of “Good Afternoon America.” The one-hour show, hosted by Josh Elliott and Lara Spencer wrapped up rehearsals over the weekend. Airing at 2pmET/1pmCT on most ABC stations, “GAA” replaces “The Revolution,” and will air for the next 9 weeks ahead of the launch of “Katie” on Sept. 10. The show will be live for the next two weeks and will be pre-taped, for the most part, for its final 7 weeks. Today’s debut episode features Liza Minnelli and coupon pro Judy Pezza.

ABC News Pours The Champagne to Celebrate First ‘GMA’ Weekly Win Since 1995


(l-r) ABC News SVP James Goldston, Josh Elliott, Robin Roberts, ABC News president Ben Sherwood, George Stephanopoulos, Sam Champion, Lara Spencer, GMA EP Tom Cibrowski

More than 200 ABC News staffers packed the 5th floor newsroom this morning for a toast and celebration of “Good Morning America” breaking the “Today” show’s winning streak that lasted 16 years and 16 weeks.

ABC News president Ben Sherwood, who was executive producer of the show when it came within striking distance in 2005, gave two toasts: first to his colleagues at NBC, acknowledging the streak, and a second to his team and all those who came before, including former longtime executives David Westin, Jim MurphyPhyllis McGrady and Shelley Ross, who was EP of the show for more than five years, beginning in 1999.

One longtime ABCNewser emailed, “The energy in the building is electric.” Sherwood, who first joined ABC News in 1989 talked about how before the streak, “We’d win a week, they’d win a week, then we’d win.” The back-and-forth ended on Dec. 11, 1995 when “Today” began its until-now unbroken 852-week winning streak. Sherwood himself jumped to NBC News in 1997 working on “Nightly News” before returning to ABC to oversee “GMA” in 2004. Sherwood talked about how many of the the show’s current staffers were in junior high or high school in 1995. News anchor Josh Elliott had just graduated from college.

Diane Sawyer and Chris Cuomo, former anchors on the show were in attendance while the current team of Robin Roberts, George Stephanopoulos, Sam Champion, Lara Spencer and Elliott said a few words.

James Goldston who oversees the show as SVP, as well as Senior EP Tom Cibrowski also spoke. There was a lot of hugging, an insider tells us.

More pictures after the jump…

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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.

Lauer, O’Reilly, Walters, Couric and More Feted at Media Bigs Party

New York media turned out for a Hollywood Reporter party last night. The Four Seasons was packed with the media hoi polloi for THR’s 35 Most Powerful People in Media event.

As we mentioned earlier, Fox News co-founder and chairman Roger Ailes — one of the 35 — was there. Also honored from Fox News, Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity; from NBC, News president Steve Capus, “Today” EP Jim Bell, co-anchors Matt Lauer (on the cover of the THR issue) and Ann Curry and “Nightly News” anchor Brian Williams; from CBS, News chairman Jeff Fager and News president David Rhodes, “Evening News” anchor Scott Pelley, “This Morning” host Charlie Rose and “60 Minutes” correspondent Steve Kroft; from MSNBC, president Phil Griffin, Mika Brzezinski & Joe Scarborough and Rachel Maddow; from CNN Anderson Cooper and Piers Morgan. And with the biggest group of honorees from ABC, Katie Couric, ABC SVP James Goldston, and anchors Robin Roberts and George Stephanopoulos, “World News” anchor Diane Sawyer, Barbara Walters and ABC News president Ben Sherwood.

Here’s a gallery with more images from the night.

It’s Official: ABC Elevates James Goldston and Tom Cibrowski

ABC News has made it official, elevating “Good Morning America” senior EP James Goldston to senior VP for content and development, and naming “GMA” EP Tom Cibrowski senior EP of the program. Word of the shifts were first reported early last month by B&C.

In his new role Goldston will oversee all ABC News programs, as well as its EPs. He will also develop new programs for the network.

Goldston has steadily risen through the ranks at ABC since joining the network in 2004. Goldston, a former producer for ITV, is credited with breathing new life into the late night news program “Nightline,” and was rewarded with expanded oversight of other ABC News programming, including “This Week,” before adding “GMA” to his résumé.

ABC News president Ben Sherwood‘s note to staff, after the jump.

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