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Last week ABC News announced that Rob Nelson would be leaving the anchor desk of “World News Now” to become a correspondent for all the ABC shows and platforms. As is customary, Nelson was wished a warm goodbye… with a “World news Polka.”
ABC News is promoting “World News Now” co-anchor Rob Nelson, naming him a correspondent for all programs and platforms.
“Rob distinguished himself on the overnight leading the network’s coverage of the Japanese tsunami, a story that broke just before WNN airtime,” writes ABC News president Ben Sherwood in an email to staff this morning. “He also led a two-hour ABC News Special Report last summer following the late-night theater massacre in Aurora, and he’s reported often for the weekend editions of World News and GMA.”
John Muller will be named the new co-anchor of “World News Now.” Before joining ABC as a reporter in 2011, Muller spent 11 years as the anchor of the PIX 11 morning news on New York’s WPIX.
Sherwood’s note, after the jump.
ABC News is making some changes to its correspondent ranks, according to a memo sent to ABC staff by president Ben Sherwood.
“ABC World News Now” co-anchor Paula Faris will become a correspondent for the network, reporting for all of the shows and platforms. Her last day on “WNN” will be Tuesday, where she is expected to receive a proper sendoff. Faris will be replaced on “WNN” by regular fill-in anchor Diana Perez, who had been a correspondent for NewsOne. Perez will join Rob Nelson on the “WNN” anchor desk.
Linzie Janis will be joining ABC News in New York as a correspondent. She had been reporting for Bloomberg TV in London for the last four years.
Marci Gonzalez will join ABC as a correspondent for NewsOne, and joins the network from WABC where she was a correspondent.
More info in Sherwood’s note, after the jump.
Jeremy Hubbard is the former anchor of “World News Now.” He left ABC in 2010 for a job as main anchor at Denver Fox station KDVR. But Hubbard happened to be in New York for a wedding this weekend. At 3:15amET, just as the massacre back in Aurora was unfolding, he dropped by his old show. His former co-anchor Vinita Nair joined him.
About 90 minutes later, at 4:53amET, “World News Now” anchors Rob Nelson and Paula Farris led a special report (video after the jump) that was broadcast with coverage from ABC affiliate KMGH, which, as TVSPY reports, first began reporting the story around 2:40amMT.
ABC “World News Now” co-anchor Rob Nelson celebrated two years at the late-night program last week, and the team put together a highlight package featuring some of the more memorable moments from his tenure.
Here’s how several ABC programs reported Monday’s news of the new ABC News/Univision network:
- :23 minutes into Monday’s “The View,” Barbara Walters: “My other home. ABC News. I want to congratulate them and the ABC News president Ben Sherwood on today’s announcement that they are joining forces with Univision.”
- :12 minutes into “World News,” Diane Sawyer: “ABC News is joining forces with Univision (says Sawyer with Spanish inflection) … launching the first cable channel of its kind: a 24/7 news and lifestyle network, broadcasting in English, covering issues of particular interest to Hispanics in America.”
- :24 minutes into “Nightline,” Terry Moran: “All of us at Nightline would like to welcome a new member to our broadcast family … We look forward to working with our colleagues there… very excited about it.”
- :25 past the hour of “World News Now:” Anchors Rob Nelson (in English) and Sunny Hostin (in Spanish) introduced a report by ABC’s Diana Perez.
Faris joins ABC from WMAQ, the NBC station in Chicago, where she has been a sports anchor and reporter for the past six years. News of her hire was first reported by Time Out Chicago’s Robert Feder in October; an official announcement was delayed until Faris’ contract with WMAQ was finished.
Read the full announcement from Sherwood after the jump.
Two familiar Chicago faces are headed to New York. WMAQ meteorologist Ginger Zee (left) and WMAQ sports anchor Paula Faris (right) are both set to join ABC News in New York. Robert Feder, who knows about all things Chicago TV, has been reporting the developments of both.
ABC News tells TVNewser Zee will join “Good Morning America” weekend this Saturday.
The Zee and Faris hires at ABC have the added benefit of taking top talent away from an NBC O&O which can help their competitors, including Chicago’s ABC station WLS (which doesn’t need much help since they’ve been #1 forever).
Just about anybody who is on ABC News was in a photo studio on Manhattan’s West Side this morning for what ABC News president Ben Sherwood calls a one-of-a-kind photo shoot. “Never in the history of the industry has there been a photo like this,” said Sherwood to his team, according to someone who was there. “It is a real Mt. Olympus shot,” he added.
Among the ABC News talent on hand Diane Sawyer, Barbara Walters, Katie Couric, Christiane Amanpour, George Stephanopoulos, Robin Roberts, Sam Champion, Lara Spencer, Josh Elliott, Cynthia McFadden, Bill Weir, Terry Moran, Bianna Golodryga, Dan Harris, Ron Claiborne, Chris Cuomo, Elizabeth Vargas, Bob Woodruff, John Quinones, David Muir, Brian Ross, Jake Tapper and Rob Nelson.
Expect to see the photos in marketing a promotional materials on air and online, soon.
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