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B&C: ABC Affiliates Board Happy With Ben Sherwood’s Promotion

BEN SHERWOOD (PRESIDENT, ABC NEWS)Broadcasting & Cable reports that the ABC affiliates board is pleased with the selection of ABC News president Ben Sherwood to replace Anne Sweeney as the president of Disney/ABC Television Group:

Both Sherwood’s promotion to co-chairman, Disney Media Networks and president, Disney/ABC Television Group (he officially starts in February), and ABC’s concerns with ongoing primetime shortfalls were significant topics of discussion when the board met in Las Vegas April 8.

“Ben Sherwood is a great friend and supporter of the affiliates,” said Mike Devlin, chairman. “It was a fascinating and intriguing decision, and we have a lot of support for that move.”

The meeting also included a “good, candid discussion” about primetime, and how to draw more viewers—a frequent topic in the affiliates board’s meeting with the network each year in Vegas. ABC showed the board members a few snippets of its development slate. “We got a look forward at the pilot process,” said Devlin, WFAA Dallas president and general manager. “It was a great conversation with the network.”

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Ben Sherwood Named President of Disney/ABC Television Group

BEN SHERWOOD (PRESIDENT, ABC NEWS)ABC News president Ben Sherwood has been announced as Anne Sweeney‘s successor as president of Disney/ABC Television Group. Sherwood’s appointment will take place after Sweeney steps down next year.

Sherwood is a longtime ABC News veteran who has been president of the news division since 2010. In his new role, he will have oversight of the ABC Owned Television Station Group, as well as ABC Television Network and ABC Studios.

“It was Ben’s intense passion and incredible insight that made us confident he’d do great things as President of ABC News. Over the years, he has moved from success-to-success, and helped create a more vibrant, collaborative and powerful News division that embraces innovation and risk-taking,” Sweeney said in a statement. “Ben’s now set to bring those same attributes to bear for the larger Group, and I could not be more thrilled.”

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Aditi Roy Joins ABC News in Los Angeles

Five months after signing off from WCAU in Philadelphia, Aditi Roy is joining ABC News as a Los Angeles-based correspondent.

“Aditi brings great energy, resourcefulness, and creativity to her work and she will be a strong addition to our powerhouse team in California,” ABC News president Ben Sherwood wrote in an email to the news division this morning.

It is a return to the West Coast for Roy, who spent several months in 2011 as a correspondent for the NBC News Los Angeles bureau. At WCAU, she anchored the NBC O&O’s weekend morning newscasts.

Read Sherwood’s full note after the jump. Read more

WABC’s Marci Gonzalez Joins ABC News

WABC reporter Marci Gonzalez is joining ABC News as a New York-based correspondent for NewsOne.

Gonzalez joined the New York City ABC O&O as a reporter in 2011. She has also worked at WPTV in West Palm Beach and News 12 The Bronx.

Related, TVNewser: ABC News Shifts Correspondents

“At Eyewitness News Marci has had a keen eye for important and informative stories, covering communities hit hardest by Superstorm Sandy, the tragic mass shootings in Aurora and Newtown and the Penn State scandal,” ABC News president Ben Sherwood wrote in an email to staffers Friday. “We’re very excited that she’ll now be part of the excellent team at NewsOne.”

WFOR Reporter Gio Benitez to Join ABC News

WFOR‘s Gio Benitez is leaving the Miami CBS O&O to join ABC News. He will begin at the network early next year as a correspondent in ABC’s New York bureau.

Benitez has been at WFOR since 2008, working first as an investigative producer and then as a reporter. In a memo announcing the hire, ABC News president Ben Sherwood called Benitez “versatile and hard-charging,” praising his “many talents and dynamic storytelling ability.”

Benitez is the latest in a string of ABC News hires from local O&Os. The network hired Alex Perez, Paula Faris and Ginger Zee from WMAQ, the NBC O&O in Chicago, over the last year.

John Schriffen Named ABC News Correspondent

John Schriffen is joining ABC News as a New York-based correspondent, president Ben Sherwood announced today.

Schriffen most recently was a freelance reporter for WCBS, the CBS O&O in New York City. Prior to that, he was a general assignment reporter at WRC, the NBC O&O in Washington, DC, for three years. He started his television career in New York City as a reporter for News 12 The Bronx.

“John brings great energy, creativity and competitiveness to his journalism and will report for all of our platforms,” Sherwood wrote in a memo to ABC News staffers this morning. “Please join me in welcoming him aboard.”

As ‘GMA’ Beats ‘Today,’ ABC Thanks Affiliates

With the final Nielsen numbers tallied, ABC is celebrating a historic ratings victory over NBC: for the first time in more than 16 years, ABC’s “Good Morning America” topped NBC’s “Today” in total viewers last week.

According to ABC News president Ben Sherwood, the network has its stations and affiliates to thank for the morning milestone.

“All of us at ABC News salute the dynamic team at ‘Good Morning America’ who never sleep and who care so deeply about the program,” Sherwood said in a statement. “We also thank our ABC network colleagues and our powerhouse stations and affiliates for supporting the program in so many ways.” Read more

WMAQ’s Alex Perez Joins ABC News’ Chicago Bureau

WMAQ reporter Alex Perez is joining ABC News as a Chicago-based correspondent, ABC News president Ben Sherwood announced today.

News of Perez’s departure from the Chicago NBC O&O was first reported by Time Out Chicago’s Robert Feder. He is the third WMAQ staffer to join ABC News in the last five months, following meteorologist Ginger Zee and anchor Paula Faris.

In a memo to staffers, Sherwood called Perez “a skilled and energetic reporter who understands the power of words and images.” Perez, who has been a reporter and fill-in anchor for WMAQ for six years, will spend a few weeks in New York before returning to Chicago.

Read Sherwood’s full memo at TVNewser.

KHOU Investigative Reporter Mark Greenblatt Named ABC News Correspondent

Veteran KHOU investigative reporter Mark Greenblatt is joining ABC News as a New York-based correspondent.

ABC News president Ben Sherwood announced four correspondent appointments today in an email to staff, according to TVNewser. Greenblatt will file for all platforms.

While with Houston CBS-affiliate KHOU, Greenblatt won a number of awards for his reporting, including a duPont-Columbia award, a national Emmy, and two national Edward R. Murrow awards.

Before joining KHOU, Greenblatt reported for WBBH in Fort Myers and KOAA in Colorado Springs. Read more

It’s Official: Local Anchors Ginger Zee and Bazi Kanani Will Join ABC News

ABC News president Ben Sherwood has officially announced the hire of two anchors from the local landscape: Ginger Zee (left) a meteorologist at WMAQ in Chicago, and Bazi Kanani, a weekend anchor and reporter at KUSA in Denver.

Zee’s move to ABC News was first reported by TimeOut Chicago’s Robert Feder in August. Her first day is Wednesday, and she will debut as the weekend weather anchor on “Good Morning America” on Saturday. She has been NBC owned-and-operated WMAQ since 2006.

Kanani joins ABC News after eight years at NBC-affiliate KUSA. She will be a digital journalist based in Nairobi, Kenya. She announced she was leaving the station last week but declined to say where, saying “the ink wasn’t dry yet” on her new contract.

After the jump, the full memo from Sherwood. Read more

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