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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

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ABC News Dials Up New Radio Deal

ABCNewsRadio_10.6ABC News has signed on with Skyview Networks to distribute and market ABC News radio content.

The new arrangement, which begins in January, comes as ABC’s distribution agreement with Cumulus Media comes to an end. Cumulus, in its current state, is made up of many radio assets once owned by ABC. Disney sold off its ABC radio properties in 2007, even as ABC News continued producing radio content for 2,000 stations around the country, reaching 50 million listeners.

ABC News president James Goldston says the new deal “will help us deliver our content and bolster our sales effort. We’re going to expand our operations to invest in new programming, take control of distributing and marketing our content and deepen our affiliate relationships,” Goldston says.

Steve Jones, VP and General Manager of ABC Radio, will oversee the transition. ABC News Radio was recently honored with two Edward R. Murrow awards for journalistic excellence.

Skyview Networks, which specializes in news and sports programming, was formed in 1995 and provides distribution, inventory management and content for its radio partners.

Teen Confesses To Murder of George Weber

weber_3-25b.jpgA 16-year-old teen from Queens, NY has confessed to the murder of former ABC News Radio anchor George Weber. The teen and Weber met on Craigslist and had been emailing before meeting Friday night. The New York Post and New York Daily News have more details.

ABC News Radio released this statement from VP Steve Jones: “The staff of ABC News Radio thanks NYPD for their tireless work since Sunday in pursuing justice for our murdered colleague George Weber. In particular, we wish to recognize the professionalism and persistence of detectives from Brooklyn South along with detectives and officers from the 76th precinct. Our thoughts continue to be with George’s family.”

ABC News Radio’s George Weber Found Dead

weber_3-22.jpgABC News Radio anchor George Weber, 50, was found dead this morning in his Brooklyn, NY apartment. Police believe it was a homicide.

The New York Daily News reports Weber “was found in his bed with several stab wounds in his neck and upper torso,” and police believe he died Friday night.

Weber spent nearly a decade doing the news at WABC for “Curtis and Kuby,” before becoming a freelance anchor in 2008. His last newscast was March 15. Weber’s active blog (where the pictures are from) was last updated Friday.

Steve Jones, VP and general manager of ABC News Radio, called Weber a “consummate journalist” and “lifelong fan of radio” in a staff memo today.

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ABC News Cutting Costs As Well

abclogo_10-22.jpgTVNewser has obtained an internal memo from ABC News VP Steve Jones, sent to ABC News Radio staff, announcing cost-cutting measures being taken at the company.

But it appears the cuts will be taken across various areas of Disney:

…In order to ensure our operational stability, we are taking the following steps effective immediately as part of a broader effort by the Walt Disney company and ABC News to keep costs down.

Broader efforts? An ABC News insider tells us: “You’d have to be living on another planet not to know these are tough economic times.”

Earlier: NBCU To Cut $500 Million From Budget

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Rome Mayor Upset With GMA Portrayal

gma_9-18.jpgWhen the Good Morning America Whistle-Stop Tour came to Springfield, MA, the local paper quoted the mayor saying, “This is huge for the city of Springfield.” When they went to Gustavus, OH, the local paper wrote, “Most folks were pretty darned excited.”

But Steve Jones writes in the Rome Sentinel (NY), “Furious over the portrayal of Rome in Tuesday’s national broadcast of ‘Good Morning America,’ Mayor James F. Brown said he’ll never watch ABC — the television show’s network — again.”

What was Mayor Brown so mad about? The segment about the city, writes Jones, began with praise for the city’s welcome, but then, “went on to call Rome the ‘snow capital of the east,’ remind viewers that Griffiss Air Force Base closed 13 years ago and comment on a tough housing market, all with pre-shot video to match.”

Chamber of Commerce board chair Doug Bartell said, “We welcome ‘Good Morning America’ back to get the story right.”