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Rachel Miskowiec Named EP of ‘Katie’

Daytime talk show “Katie” continus to have changes in its senior production ranks, with former EPs Jeff Zucker and Michael Bass now at CNN. Disney/ABC has announced that Rachel Miskowiec is joining the show as EP, replacing Michael Morrison, who joined in January after Zucker’s departure.

Miskowiec joins Katie Couric‘s daytime program from Telepictures, and was previously an EP on “The Tyra Banks Show.”

“Rachel Miskowiec is an incredibly passionate and experienced veteran of daytime TV,” said Vicki Dummer, EVP, ABC Media Group in a statement. “She is creative, smart and a great leader.  Rachel is fearless and competitive, and she truly loves making daytime television.  We are very excited to have her join the ‘Katie’ team as we enter our second season.”

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Barbara Walters On Retiring in 2014: ‘This Is What I Want To Do’

As expected, ABC’s Barbara Walters announced her retirement on “The View” today. The show kicked off with Walters introducing a brief career retrospective, followed by her formal announcement:

“I have been on television–continuously–for over 50 years,” Walters said. “But in the Summer of 2014, a year from now, I plan to retire from appearing on television at all. It has been an absolutely joyful, rewarding, challenging, fascinating and occasionally bumpy ride, and I wouldn’t change a thing. I am perfectly healthy, this is my decision and I have been thinking about it for a long time. This is what I want to do.”

The audience in “The View” studio was filled with executives, including ABC News president Ben Sherwood (“Not only the best president of a news division but also the tallest,” Walters joked), ABC executive VP Vicki Dummer, ABC entertainment president Paul Lee, Disney-ABC TV group president Anne Sweeney and Disney CEO Bob Iger, who shared the story of when he first met Walters back in 1976.

He was a production assistant, and was asked to bring something to Walters’ dressing room. He wasn’t expecting her to be there, but she was, and she was very kind to him.

“From then on you called me Jim, my name is Bob,” he quipped, adding more seriously:

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