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ABC News Reaches 10 Million People on Facebook With Ebola Town Hall

10675956_10152382812852061_10152382804457061_1474_670_bThat’s a lot of likes. A George Stephanopoulos-hosted town hall, designed to answer viewer questions about the threat of Ebola in the U.S., was a major hit for the network on Facebook, reaching more than 10 million people.

ABC says the effort was a response to overwhelming interest in the story. “We’ve been inundated by questions about the Ebola virus on all of our platforms and wanted to connect and answer what we could,” said Subrata De, ABC News VP of Multi-Platform Newsgathering.

“The network’s newsroom was able to react quickly to the public’s demand for more information about Ebola and produced this event in just a few days,” writes Facebook’s Beth Loyd:

George Stephanopoulos anchored the event and guests including ABC News Chief Medical Editor Richard Besser answered more than a dozen questions asked by people on the ABC News and Good Morning America Facebook Pages. ABC News promoted the town hall on-air during Good Morning America, posted a call-out for questions on its Page, and then streamed the event live on ABCNews.com , gma.yahoo.com and Facebook.

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ABC Newsers Toast Ben Sherwood

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As Ben Sherwood heads West, his East Coast colleagues sent him off in style last night at the Nomad Hotel in New York’s Flatiron District. Sherwood, named co-president of Disney/ABC TV in March, is moving his family to Los Angeles.

Insiders tell us heartfelt toasts were given by Barbara Walters, Diane Sawyer, Robin Roberts, George Stephanopoulos, David Muir and Lara Spencer. Sherwood got a big laugh when he promised Stephanopoulos a reality show, detective comedy or both.

And there were gifts: Sherwood was given a framed golden headset to remind him of his days in the control room — with the label “break in case of emergency,” while the whole family got ABC News Extreme Weather Team jackets — with “Sherwood” embroidered on the back.

Sherwood’s had three stints with ABC News, starting in 1989 as a producer at “Primetime Live.” After a run at “NBC Nightly News,” Sherwood returned to ABC in 2004 for a two-year stint as EP of “Good Morning America.” Sherwood turned to writing, penning three best-sellers, one of which was turned into a major motion picture. In 2010, he returned to ABC as News president.

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Subrata De Leaves MSNBC for ABC News

SubrataDeABCSubrata De is joining ABC News as VP of newsgathering, TVNewser has learned.  De takes over for Kate O’Brian who left ABC last year after being named president of Al Jazeera America.

De joins from MSNBC where she had been the EP of “Andrea Mitchell Reports” since January 2012. “It has been an extraordinary privilege to work with her,” Mitchell said on De’s final show May 23. Before joining MSNBC, De was Brian Williams‘ producer, traveling with him across the country and around the world.

De started at NBC News in 1998.

More: A note from ABC News president James Goldston, which includes expanded roles for two other ABCNewsers, after the jump…

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Subrata De Named EP of ‘Andrea Mitchell Reports’

Subrata De, a senior producer on “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams,” has been named EP of MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports.”

De (right, with Williams) has been with NBC News since 1998 and for the last several years as been Williams’ lead producer, traveling with him across the country and around the world. In a note to staff, MSNBC executive editor Yvette Miley writes, “It is truly an amazing time for MSNBC to have a tremendous journalist with such an outstanding background join our team.”

De takes over for Jennifer Suozzo who, as we reported Friday, has been named senior broadcast producer of “NBC Nightly News” weekend editions.

In her note, after the jump, Miley points out “Andrea Mitchell Reports” is MSNBC dayside’s longest running show. De starts her new role tomorrow.

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Marie Claire Puts Female Producers in the Spotlight

In the new Marie Claire, five of TV news’ top female producers get profiled. From NBC News, “Meet the Press” EP Betsy Fischer and “NBC nightly News” senior producer Subrata De get featured. From ABC News, “Good Morning America” senior editorial producer Santina Leuci is profiled, along with CBS “48 Hours Mystery” field producer Kristin Whiting and CNN “Piers Morgan Tonight” senior broadcast producer Katie Nelson Thomson.

The article has interesting anecdotes from each of the women, including an interesting backstory on Whiting’s part. Before joining CBS, Whiting worked in Baghdad, where she helped set up Iraq’s new public TV network following the fall of Saddam Hussein. That is where her featured picture (above) was taken.

Nightly EP: ‘Our Viewers Were Looking for Information, and Ways They Could Help’

Williams_1.20.jpgNBC Nightly News EP Bob Epstein sent a note to his staff today thanking them for their hard work covering the earthquake.

“Our coverage from Haiti has produced some of the finest journalism ever seen on this broadcast. From the moment our first teams went in — Kerry Sanders leading the way from Miami — and our Nightly team of Brian Williams, Subrata De, Madeleine Haeringer, Craig White, Aaron Sasson — as well as Ann Curry, Al Roker, Lester Holt, and all the other producers, correpondents, camera crews and technicans — we had this story covered like no other…”

Full memo after the jump…

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A Night of Nightly

dnc_8-24.gifTVNewser had a front row seat for tonight’s broadcast of the NBC Nightly News at 6:30pmET. Helmed by senior producer Subrata De, with new Washington bureau chief Mark Whitaker looking on, about a dozen employees put together the show in a small skybox in the Pepsi Center.

The first block ended just as Sen. Hillary Clinton was being led to the microphone. Because of the breaking news, Williams followed with an updated Nightly at 7:00pmET. Chuck Todd and Ann Curry were in and out of the makeshift greenroom as the broadcast progressed.

“It’s been a full day,” Williams said, who interviewed Michelle Obama earlier today. And the night was really just beginning.

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(Williams and Whitaker, shortly after the broadcast)

The Ticker: Donaldson, Girl Cubed, Nightly

> Sam Donaldson will lead the Vote 2008 political coverage on ABC’s Digital Channel “ABC News Now.” Coverage includes original programming, “backstage vlogs” at the two debates on ABC in August, and the re-airing of those debates on August 5th & 19th.

> Obama Girl, Hillary Girl and Giuliani Girl square off tonight on Hardball as MSNBC continues its Super Tuesday series.

> She’s been by his side in Iraq, Indonesia, Italy and beyond. Now Subrata De gets a boost to show for it. De, Brian Williams‘ producer, has been promoted to senior producer at NBC Nightly News.