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NBC News Looks Across The Pond For President Candidates

NBC News is casting a wide net in the search for its new president. A few weeks ago, TVNewser heard that NBC was eyeing some potential candidates from England, and now we have some names, courtesy of the LA TimesJoe Flint.

One of the leading candidates, according to Flint, is ITV’s chief news executive Deborah Turness. Turness, 46, took over ITV’s news division in 2004, keeping it competitive with the revered and well-funded BBC.

NBC also has a relationship with ITV, sharing content and correspondents in places like Central Africa.

Flint also floats a few other names, including CBS News president David Rhodes (not available), former ABC News executive Jon Banner (not interested), as well as Sky News exec Sarah Whitehead and Channel 4′s Jay Hunt.

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Sandy Cannold Joins ABC News as ‘This Week’ EP

As we told you last month, longtime CNBC executive producer Sandy Cannold is joining ABC News. Now we know what he’ll be doing.

Cannold has been named EP of “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” replacing Jon Banner who left the network over the summer. Cannold joined ABC News Monday after 13 years at CNBC, most recently as EP  of “Power Lunch.”

In a memo to staffers this morning, ABC News president Ben Sherwood praised Cannold’s “natural storytelling gifts” and “passion for bold ideas.”

Cannold’s first show will be the first Sunday after the election, November 11. In the meantime, he’ll work on the weekend edition of “Good Morning America.”

Read more from Sherwood after the jump.

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Jon Banner Says Goodbye to ‘This Week’

As we told you earlier this week, Jon Banner is leaving ABC News after more than 25 years. Banner (third from right) took a moment this morning to pose with “This Week” staffers after his last show:

(L-R: Eric Thurm, Jonathan Greenberger, Heather Riley, George Stephanopoulos, Jon Banner, Kaye Foley, Ben Bell)

>Update: Stephanopoulous also took time during the show to say goodbye to Banner. Video is after the jump.

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Another Big ABC News Departure: Tom Nagorski Departs After Almost 30 Years

ABC News is losing another veteran executive. Tom Nagorski, who is currently managing editor for international coverage, will depart the company in September to become executive VP of The Asia Society.

Nagorski joined ABC News in 1983 as an intern, and since that time has reported from across the globe in Cuba, Russia, China and the Middle East, among many other places.

In a memo to staffers this afternoon, ABC News president Ben Sherwood thanked Nagorski by recalling this story:

On a Sunday we all remember last May, Tom was sitting on a plane preparing to depart for an overseas trip when the news broke that Osama bin Laden had been killed. He convinced a flight attendant to open the cabin door and let him off the plane so he could come to work, proving his commitment to ABC News is only matched by his power of persuasion.

It is the second high-profile ABC News announced this week, with longtime producer Jon Banner announcing his plans to join PepsiCo.

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Jon Banner Leaves ABC News, TV News Business

ABC News senior executive producer Jon Banner is leaving ABC News after more than 25 years at the company. Banner is leaving the TV news business altogether, joining beverage and snack behemoth PepsiCo as senior VP of global strategy and planning.

“On a personal level, I’ve known Jon since around the time we both started out in this business,” ABC News president Ben Sherwood wrote in a note to staff this morning. “I’ve always valued his friendship and admired his news judgment and competitive drive.  For the last couple of years, he has been a wise counselor and steady hand.”

Banner was named EP of “ABC World News” in 2003, leaving to take on a division-wide role in 2011. Later that year he added oversight of “This Week.”

Marc Burstein is taking over Banner’s political duties and oversight of “This Week,” until a replacement is named.

Sherwood’s note, and the press release from Pepsi, after the jump.

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Jon Banner takes over as EP of ‘This Week with George Stephanopoulos’

As George Stephanopoulos prepares a return to moderating “This Week,” the Sunday public affairs show is also getting a new Executive Producer.

Former “World News” EP Jon Banner (left), who recently moved to the role of Senior Executive Producer for division wide initiatives, has been named EP of “This Week” effective January 8, when Stephanopoulos returns. It is a return to “This Week” for Banner who led the show from 2000-2003.

Current EP Rick Kaplan (right) remains with ABC overseeing ABC’s New Hampshire debate next Saturday. Kaplan returned for his third stint at ABC in May, after a four year run as EP of the “CBS Evening News with Katie Couric.”  ABC News president Ben Sherwood calls it “a sensible time to make this move.” Kaplan will also take on other projects and continue to play a big role in ABC’s election year coverage.

Sherwood’s note to the staff, after the jump…

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Jon Banner Moves Off of ‘ABC World News’ to Division-Wide Role, Michael Corn Named EP


After eight years at the helm of “ABC World News,” Jon Banner will be moving off of the program to a division-wide role. Banner will become senior EP of division wide initiatives, where he will have oversight over many of the networks special projects. He will also continue to oversee ABC’s political coverage. Banner first joined ABC news as a desk assistant in 1989.

“For years, Jon has been one of the rocks of ABC News, helping to hold the division together during the twin traumas of Peter’s death and Bob’s wounding in Iraq,” write ABC News president Ben Sherwood in a memo to staff.

In his place at “World News,” Michael Corn will become EP. Corn had been senior producer on the broadcast.


“I came to know Michael well during my tenure at Good Morning America – we worked closely at all hours of the day and night – and I am confident that his energy, creativity, competitive zeal and news judgment will lead the program to new heights,” Sherwood wrote.

With Banner’s departure, all three network evening newscasts will end the year with different executive producers than they had when they began the year. In July, Bob Epstein left “NBC Nightly News” to an executive role, while Rick Kaplan left CBS News in May following Katie Couric‘s departure.

Sherwood’s full memo is after the jump.

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‘Made in America’ Inspires American Companies to Shower ABC’s ‘World News’ with Gifts

Since ABC’s “World News with Diane Sawyer” debuted its “Made in America” series this spring, the show’s producers have been flooded with mail and gifts from across the country, sent in by companies to spotlight their own American-made goodies.

The “World News” staff has been sent everything from ceramic bowls to birdhouses (like the one executive producer Jon Banner holds here, from Lazy Hill Farm Designs in Maine) to swimwear.

Companies featured on the segment, which has profiled American-made products from clothing to furniture to bakeware, have seen a spike in sales after being featured on ABC. Show producers donate all the items they are sent to charity.

Chris Dinan jumps from CBS News to ABC News

Chris Dinan is leaving CBS News and joining ABC News, TVNewser has learned.

Dinan has been senior broadcast producer of the “CBS Evening News” since September 2007. Both the former anchor of the broadcast — Katie Couric, and its executive producer — Rick Kaplan, now work for ABC News. Kaplan is the EP of “This Week” and Couric will be contributing to ABC News this summer has she plans her weekday talk show beginning next fall.

It’s not clear yet what Dinan will be doing at ABC News. Dinan was a CBS lifer joining as a desk assistant for CBS Radio News in 1987. He moved up to writer, editor and producer for CBS’s morning show before joining “Evening News” in 2007.

> Update: Dinan has been named a senior producer on “World News with Diane Sawyer.” Note from “World News” EP Jon Banner after the jump…

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#WorldNewsFeed Takes Facebook Users Behind the Scenes with Diane Sawyer

Diane Sawyer’s beverages of choice are green tea and sugar-free Red Bull. Her assistant’s name is Jill, and executive producer Jon Banner’s assistant is Tess.

More behind-the-scenes nuggets like these can be found on Sawyer’s Facebook page, where she announced the initiative by writing:

Hi Facebook world. Ready for something fun? Check out our new social experiment this week– #WorldNewsFeed. Meet my tag team — we’ll be taking you behind the scenes and we want to hear everything you’re curious about.