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‘Primetime LIVE!’ 25 Years Later


There was a big reunion last night to commemorate the 25th anniversary of ABC’s “Primetime Live.”

About 100 former correspondents, editors, researchers, PAs, APs, and photographers celebrated at the home of author Holly Peterson, who was a researcher on the show. Diane Sawyer was in attendance. Her co-anchor Sam Donaldson sent his regards from Albuquerque, where he now lives.

ABC News president Roone Arledge created the show in 1989. He wooed Sawyer away from “60 Minutes” to be the co-anchor for the new live primetime newsmagazine. Donaldson was fresh from covering the White House for ABC News. The first episode included live studio audience. As Donaldson put it, the audience participation “was not [like] Oprah or Donahue… They are terrific shows, but that’s not us.” Fox News’ Chris Wallace and the late Judd Rose were correspondents.

Early staffers in attendance last night included Disney ABC TV Group president Ben Sherwood, who was an associate producer on the show; correspondent Jay Schadler; producers Betsy West, now with the Columbia Journalism School, Neal Shapiro, now with WNET, Mark Lukasiewicz, now with NBC, David Doss, now with Al Jazeera America; also Ira Rosen and Rick Kaplan, plus Jeanmarie Condon and Marc Burstein, who now have executive roles at ABC News.

Insiders tell us Sawyer delivered a toast to the team, for their passion and hard work, while Burstein read a note from Donaldson sending regrets and sharing how proud he was of the work he did at “Primetime (as he used to say) LIVE!”

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Barbara Walters Farewell: ‘True, I Was the First Female Co-Host… But Also True, I Was a Flop’

WaltersSawyerIt was a star-studded farewell for Barbara Walters at New York City’s Four Seasons restaurant tonight. From comedian Joan Rivers to commissioner Bill Bratton; from New York’s chronicler of scandal, Cindy Adams, to the man who plays the president on “Scandal,” Tony Goldwyn; from actor Woody Allen to attorney David Boies, But mostly, the pool room was packed with Walters’ fellow TV news colleagues and those ladies — past and present — from “The View.” Whoopi Goldberg and Sherri Shepherd; Meredith Vieira and Joy Behar.

Following a best of Barbara video, Disney Chairman Bob Iger welcomed the crowd, before Walters delivered a few words of thanks and admitting it hasn’t always been easy. “True, I was the first female co-host of a network news program. But also true, I was a flop. My male co-host didn’t want a partner and neither did the audience. I was drowning, gasping for air. Then someone threw me that life preserver called Specials with the biggest stars in news and show business and I learned how to swim again.”

Current and former evening news anchors were there, including Diane Sawyer and Brian Williams who arrived with Tom Brokaw, Katie Couric and fiancé John Molner; and Connie Chung (who was part of an ill-fated co-anchor pairing with Dan Rather) and husband Maury Povich. We caught up with early risers Savannah Guthrie and George Stephanopoulos along with their spouses, Mike Feldman, and Ali Wentworth, respectively, as they were heading out. Guthrie’s “Today” colleague Al Roker and his wife, ABC correspondent Deborah Roberts made the rounds as well.

Walters continued: “I’m grateful to the legendary Roone Arledge for bringing me to ABC News; thankful to David Westin for his steady leadership; to Ben Sherwood – you made us all believe we could win and with your leadership and passion, we did; and James Goldston – I’m told that all our shows are number one at the moment – you should quit right now.” Sherwood, Goldston and Westin were all on hand, as were other ABC News executives including Barbara Fedida, David Sloan, Jeanmarie Condon and John Green.

We spotted Jenny McCarthy hand-in-hand with fiance Donnie Wahlberg; the “Nightline” team of Juju ChangDan Abrams, and Dan Harris as well as a host of correspondents and anchors from ABC, NBC, CBS, MSNBC and Fox, including Elizabeth VargasAmy RobachDavid MuirNorah O’DonnellJon KarlGio Benitez, Dr. Richard Besser, Tory JohnsonRick Klein, Brian Ross, Mara Schiavocampo, Thomas RobertsAlicia MenendezHoda Kotb, Greta Van Susteren and Lisa Ling, a former “View” co-host, now woking on a new show for CNN.

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Almin Karamehmedovic Named EP, ‘Nightline’

AlminABCABC News veteran Almin Karamehmedovic has been named Executive Producer of “Nightline” as current EP Jeanmarie Condon is upped to Senior EP of Content and Development for ABC News. Both will report to James Goldston.

Karamehmedovic, a native of Bosnia and Herzegovina, joined ABC News in 1998, As ABC News president Ben Sherwood writes in a note to staff announcing the news, Karamehmedovic was one of the first journalists to gain access to Tora Bora, Afghanistan, in 2001 where Osama bin Laden was holed up. In 2003 he embedded with the US Army during the invasion of Iraq and in 2005, was one of the first journalists to travel to Darfur/Sudan to report on the genocide there. He’s been with “Nightline” since 2008, moving up to senior broadcast producer in 2012.

Condon will continue to oversee “Nightline Primetime” and, in her new role, develop special projects and series for broadcast, digital and cable.

More in Sherwood’s note after the jump…

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‘The Nightline Legacy is a Precious Thing Worth Fighting For’

The anchors and executive producer of ABC’s “Nightline” are opening up about the show: its summer run (dubbed “The Lookout”), its late night move and its future.

“We believed that as long as we were winning, and under budget, we were safe,” co-anchor Bill Weir tells the AP’s David Bauder. “So everyone learned to shoot and edit, and our little band of true believers spilled blood, sweat and tears to win our slot and still tell as many meaningful stories as we could.

It sounds corny, but everyone here believes that a real democracy depends on real journalism and the ‘Nightline’ legacy is a precious thing worth fighting for,” Weir says.

“Nightline” has lost half its audience since moving to 12:35am in January, but still tops NBC and CBS at that hour. And as Bauder points out, Jimmy Kimmel isn’t doing as well as “Nightline” did at 11:35.

Still, EP Jeanmarie Condon says the new timeslot has provided an opportunity to “reshape the show…” “It’s given us more freedom,” she says.

“When we look back on all of this we’re going to see this as a turning point for a whole new set of opportunities,” says co-anchor Cynthia McFadden. “I hope I’m right, but that’s what I believe.”

Watch Bill Weir’s Pitch to Interview Steve Jobs

ABC’s Diane Sawyer had just arrived home when she got the call that Steve Jobs had passed. It was just after 7:30pmET. She made a U-turn, jumped in a cab and went back to ABC News headquarters where she broadcast special editions of “World News” in the Western time zones. CBS’s Scott Pelley anchored a new half hour from London while NBC ran an update at the top of their West Coast edition. Brian Williams was already on a train headed for Washington, DC.

Sawyer tells TVNewser that she will remember Jobs as someone who “led a constant insurgency against the predictable, the ordinary, and the limits of the horizon.”

Meanwhile, ABC’s Bill Weir and “Nightline” EP Jeanmarie Condon were preparing a special edition of their show, the entirety of which was about Jobs. Weir wrote the show himself and the Apple devotee was making tweaks until the moment “Nightline” went on the air. “Last night was the fruit of a fascination sparked in 1987 when my fellow editors of the Pepperdine Graphic unboxed our first Macintosh,” Weir tells us. Years later, Weir would remember, “I got a new daughter and my first iPod on my best birthday ever.”

A couple years ago, Weir made a pitch to interview Jobs, but he knew he had to do it in an unconventional, creative, Jobsian way. “I decided that he was the one person I wanted to interview

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James Goldston Named Senior EP of ‘Good Morning America;’ Jeanmarie Condon to be EP of ‘Nightline’

First on TVNewser: James Goldston, who is currently Executive Producer of ABC’s “Nightline” and oversees “This Week with Christiane Amanpour” is moving to the morning shift as the new Senior EP of “Good Morning America,” TVNewser has learned. Tom Cibrowski remains as EP of the show.

Goldston has been with ABC since 2004 and took over “Nightline” in 2005 when Ted Koppel departed the late night news show he’d anchored since 1980.

Jeanmarie Condon, who is currently a senior producer on “Nightline” is being bumped up to EP of the show.

Condon has been with ABC since 1990 working on documentary and magazine shows, and later on “Peter Jennings Reporting.” She’s been with “Nightline” since 2005.


Confirmed: The changes are effective immediately. Current GMA Senior EP Murphy is in Los Angeles overseeing GMA’s pre- and post-Oscars coverage. No word on whether Goldston retains “This Week” duties. He will oversee GMA Saturday.

More: Sherwood’s note after the jump…

Update: “This Week” remains under guidance of Goldston and Condon until Sherwood finds a new EP.

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