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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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Ann Compton to Retire After 41 Years at ABC

ann comptonVeteran White House correspondent Ann Compton — who has covered seven presidents during her time at ABC News — will retire this fall, Politico Playbook reports this morning. She will officially retire September 10, 41 years to the day after she started at ABC News.

Allen rounds up some thoughts from Compton’s ABC News colleagues:

BEN SHERWOOD, co-president, Disney/ABC Television Group, calls Ann “the pride of Virginia … pioneer, ceiling shatterer, and radiant soul. Her stats read like Babe Ruth (7 presidents, 50 states, etc.) Our first reaction when she shared the news: ‘Say it ain’t so.’ Our next: ABC News has been blessed every single day since she first walked in the door in 1973. We love her, we thank her, we wish her the very best, and we know she’s going to have a blast with Dr. Hughes and her wonderful family. She will always have a home in our White House booth and ABC News.”

ROBIN SPROUL, ABC News Washington bureau chief: ”She is a reporter of boundless energy who brings her A-game every day … She simply loves the beat. … She has a flair for storytelling, for capturing the day’s moments, and she knows as well as any other reporter in town how Washington works. … Ann is also a generous colleague who has helped many a new reporter covering the White House learn the ropes. … We will miss Ann so much. She is simply irreplaceable.”

>Update: Steve Jones, the vice president and general manager for ABC News Radio, sent the following note to the radio division about Compton this afternoon: Read more

Lester Holt, Robin Sproul and Bill Plante Accept RTDNF First Amendment Awards

bill plante RTDNFNBC’s Lester Holt, ABC’s Robin Sproul and CBS’ Bill Plante accepted their First Amendment Awards from the RTDNF last night at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Washington, D.C. The awards ceremony was hosted by Fox News’ Chris Wallace.

In his speech accepting the Leonard Zeidenberg First Amendment Award, Holt recalled advice from his mentor, the late Jerry Nachman, former vice president of MSNBC.

“The most important thing he told me was that the highest calling in what we do is being a reporter, and that has been really the guiding principle throughout my career,” Holt said. “You can call any fancy title you want — principal anchor, executive producer, news director — at its essence, we are all reporters. That’s what we should be, that’s what we should aspire to be, and that’s what makes us good at what we do.”

Robin Sproul, ABC’s Washington bureau chief, said in her speech accepting the First Amendment Service Award that the “time in which anyone can be a broadcaster” has raised many more questions and challenges to the First Amendment.

“All of these issues require vigilance and constant attention even as news bureaus in DC — those that watch the government — shrink because of the changing news business models, more challenges of the digital age,” Sproul said. “But these are good fights to have. And as Thomas Jefferson wrote, ‘Our liberty depends on the freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being lost.’”

CBS News senior White House correspondent Bill Plante, who was honored with the RTDNF’s Lifetime Achievement Award, reflected on how the news business has changed since he began his career at CBS in 1964. Read more

Chris Wallace to Host RTDNF First Amendment Awards

Chris-Wallace2Fox News’ Chris Wallace will host the RTDNF’s 2014 First Amendment Awards, held in Washington D.C. in March. Wallace, who recently celebrated 10 years as the host of “Fox News Sunday,” was last year’s recipient of the RTDNA Paul White Award.

NBC’s Lester Holt, ABC’s Robin Sproul and CBS’ Bill Plante are among the honorees this year. Holt will be presented with the Leonard Zeidenberg First Amendment Award, Sproul wins the First Amendment Service Award and Plante is the recipient of the RTDNF Lifetime Achievement Award.

Lester Holt, Robin Sproul, Bill Plante Win RTDNF First Amendment Awards

bill planteNBC’s Lester Holt, ABC’s Robin Sproul and CBS’ Bill Plante are among the 2014 winners of the RTDNF’s annual First Amendment Awards.

Holt, the weekend anchor of “Nightly News” and “Today” as well as the anchor of “Dateline,” is the winner of the Leonard Zeidenberg First Amendment Award, given annually to someone who has made a”major contribution to the protection of First Amendment freedoms.” Sproul, the longtime vice president and Washington Bureau Chief for ABC News, wins the First Amendment Service Award, given to someone who works in an off-air, behind-the-scenes capacity.

“It is a tremendous privilege to work every day in a field that treasures our first amendment rights, and I am honored to receive the award on behalf of the terrific team working with me at ABC News,” Sproul tells TVNewser.

Plante will be honored with the organization’s lifetime achievement award for his “outstanding contributions to journalism and press freedom.” Plante has worked at CBS since 1964 and has covered every Presidential campaign since 1968.

The Associated Press and Gannett Broadcasting president David Lougee will also be honored with First Amendment Awards. The group will be presented their awards at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. in March.

ABC News: Holder Meeting ‘Was Productive’

ABC News, which participated in the off the record meeting with Attorney General Eric Holder today, said that the meeting was “productive,” and hopes that it leads to clearer guidelines as to when and how the DOJ can target journalists in investigations.

“The meeting was productive. There was a frank discussion of the challenges facing both the government and the news media in protecting the public’s right to the free flow of information,” said ABC News DC bureau chief Robin Sproul in a statement. “A good result would be modified Department of Justice guidelines that set a higher bar for when and under what conditions the government can subpoena journalists.”

More from ABC News, here.

ABC News Shifts Cannold To Business Role, Promotes Two In DC

Sandy Cannold, Robin Sproul, Sara Just

ABC News is making some changes in its Washington DC bureau and at “This Week,” according to a memo to staff this morning sent by ABC News president Ben Sherwood.

ABC “This Week” EP Sandy Cannold has been named EP and senior business editor of ABC News. Cannold, who joined ABC from CNBC last September, will now be responsible for the network’s business and economics reports.

ABC is also promoting a pair of executives in the DC bureau. Robin Sproul, who is celebrating 20 years as ABC’s DC bureau chief, will add responsibility of “This Week” as its executive in charge. Sara Just will become the deputy bureau chief, reporting to Sproul.

It isn’t clear who the next executive producer of “This Week” will be, though the show now originates mostly from New York, so it would not be surprising if the producer is based there. Having Sproul serve as executive in charge can keep the DC influence intact.

Sherwood’s memo is below.
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The Evening Ticker: O’Donnell, Sproul, Petallides

  • In her first story for “60 Minutes” Norah O’Donnell profiles Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg for Sunday’s show. Sandberg’s on a mission to jump start the women’s revolution.

  • Robin Sproul is celebrating 20 years as ABC’s Washington Bureau Chief. Sproul joined ABC in 1981 and spent 11 years as bureau chief for ABC News Radio before taking on TV in 1993.

  • A mini celebration broke out on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange today — not because of another new high for the Dow –  but in honor of FBN’s Nicole Petallides who delivered her 25,000th market report for the network.

Longtime ABC News Political Director Hal Bruno Dies

Hal Bruno, who was ABC News political director for much of the 1980s and 90s, died yesterday after a fall at his home in Maryland. He was 83.

Bruno spent 21 years with ABC News, retiring in 1999. He had better sources than anyone in the business, according to ABC News Washington Bureau Chief Robin Sproul, who, as a radio producer, worked with Bruno on the show “Hal Bruno’s Washington.”

“The number of county party chairman he knew across the country was mind-blowing,” Sproul tells ABCNews.com. “On election night he could call any one of them. They all knew him and they were all trying to get information to him and from him.”

A native of Chicago, Bruno joined ABC News in 1978. Before that, he spent 18 years at “Newsweek,” as a reporter, foreign correspondent, bureau chief, news editor and chief political correspondent.

Bruno is survived by wife Margaret, two sons and four grandchildren.

Poll: Who Will Replace David Westin at ABC News?

QM0906103.pngNow that David Westin has confirmed that he will be leaving ABC News, the speculation about his replacement can begin. Unlike anchors, who are high profile and in the public eye, TV news executives often stay behind the curtain.

We put together a list of some of our top contenders to the slot, including internal ABC Newsers Paul Slavin of ABC News Digital and Robin Sproul from the network’s DC bureau, as well as Emily Barr from ABC affiliate WLS Chicago. We also included some high profile picks from outside of the Disney family, like FNC’s Michael Clemente and CBS’ Rick Kaplan, both of whom used to work at ABC News.

Cast your vote, or submit your own pick, in our poll after the jump.

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