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ABC Toasts Robin Roberts at a Book Party For ‘Everybody’s Got Something’

A crowd of television personalities and executives gathered at George Stephanopoulos and Ali Wentworth‘s apartment last night to celebrate “Good Morning America” anchor Robin Roberts, whose memoir, “Everybody’s Got Something,” was released today.

The memoir is Roberts’ firsthand account of her MDS diagnosis and treatment. Roberts told TVNewser she began to write the book after her return to “GMA,” using entries from the journal she kept during her recovery. When we asked if the writing process was cathartic, Roberts said the real satisfaction came when she re-read the story and realized “how strong and healthy I am.”

On hand to celebrate the book’s launch from ABC: Disney/ABC Television Group president Ben Sherwood, ABC News president James Goldston, vice president of business development Susan Mercandetti, senior vice president for talent Barbara Fedida, Barbara Walters, Diane Sawyer, David Muir, Dan Abrams, Lara Spencer, Ginger Zee, Michael Strahan, Charlie Gibson and Deborah Roberts. CNN senior media correspondent Brian Stelter and “CBS This Morning” co-host Gayle King were also in attendance.

Roberts tweeted a selfie with Spencer and Zee: “These three are gonna be a wee bit tired in the morning,” she wrote. Read more

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Robin Roberts Celebrates Her ‘First Birthday’

On “Good Morning America” this morning, Robin Roberts celebrated her “first birthday,” the one-year anniversary of her life-saving bone marrow transplant.

Roberts cut into a birthday cake (delivered by “Live!”‘s Michael Strahan), flanked by her “GMA” colleagues Josh Elliott, Lara Spencer and George Stephanopoulos. After the show, “GMA” and ABC News staff walked to the upstairs studio for a “Venice”-themes party. Diane Sawyer, ABC News president Ben Sherwood, “GMA” senior EP Tom Cibrowski, senior VPs James Goldston and Barbara Fedida and Roberts’ friends all joined in on the fun.

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As promised, Roberts also unveiled her PSA for “Be The Match. You can watch it after the jump.
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Toasting Tory Johnson for Making the ‘Shift’ and Shedding 72 Pounds

At her book party for “Shift: How I Finally Lost Weight and Discovered a Happier Life,” “Good Morning America” contributor Tory Johnson told the story about what set her on the path, once and for all, to shed unwanted pounds. It was a conversation she had with Barbara Fedida, SVP of talent development and one of her bosses at ABC News.

The advice was so meaningful, that Johnson dedicates the book to Fedida: “For telling me what I needed to hear.”

Fittingly, Fedida hosted the party the East Side home she shares with husband ESPN Radio’s Andrew Brill. Always cheerful in her “Steals & Deals” segments, Johnson says she hasn’t been truly this happy in a long time. In 20 months, she’s lost 72 pounds — equivalent to two dogs, so said her teenage twins Jake and Emma. (The family beagle Marly weighs in at 35 lbs.) And Johnson did it on the sly, without telling her “GMA” family, until it became clear she was on a mission.

Before heading to the US Weekly event where she was honored, “GMA” anchor Robin Roberts toasted Johnson for the dedication she showed. ABC News president Ben Sherwood also raised a glass, praising Johnson for her determination and her penchant for giving really BIG GIFTS, including the two giant stuffed animals she’s given to his kids over the years. Sherwood gave Johnson her “GMA” job when he was EP of the show in the mid-2000′s Johnson’s first job in TV was as an intern at ABC’s “20/20.”

TVNewser also spotted ABC News anchors Lara Spencer, Cynthia McFadden, Amy Robach and Josh Elliot; correspondents Byron Pitts, Deborah Roberts and Gio Benitez; execs Susan Mercandetti, James Goldston, David Sloan, Morgan Hertzen, Jeffrey Schneider, Eric Avram and Sandy Cannold. Former “GMA” EP Jim Murphy, now senior EP of CNN’s “New Day.” Also, David Zincenko, Dr. Richard Besser, Deborah Norville, and Barbara Corcoran, who assisted Sherwood in presenting a gift to Johnson: a box full of zero-calorie pickles — a favorite snack on her journey.

WABC anchors David Navarro, Lee Goldberg Rob Powers and Lori Stokes also attended. We had a nice chat with meteorologist Amy Freeze (her real last name) about the science behind the weather — and also raising four kids in a two-bedroom apartment in New York City. Freeze also told us she has benefited from the “Fedida plan,” as it’s become known in the halls of ABC.

‘Good Morning America’ Inducted into B&C Hall of Fame

In addition to overtaking “Today” as the #1 morning show, ABC’s “Good Morning America” earned another distinction this year. Monday night, the show was inducted into the B&C Hall of Fame.

Longtime anchors Charlie Gibson and Joan Lunden (left) were in attendance representing all anchors of the show. ABC News president Ben Sherwood accepted the award and dedicated it to Robin Roberts, who is still recovering from bone marrow transplant surgery. Senior EP Tom Cibrowski and ABC SVPs James Goldston and Barbara Fedida attended.

In an email to his staff, obtained by TVNewser, Cibrowski writes the award comes, “After 37 glorious years on the air! More than 20,000 hours of broadcasting, a distinguished group of wonderful journalists and hosts, and thousands of us behind the scenes working every day to get on the air with one of America’s top brands.”

Sam Champion, Lara Spencer and Josh Elliott Put On Another Kind of Show

“Good Morning America” anchors Sam Champion, Lara Spencer, and Josh Elliott hosted a gallery opening in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan last night showing the works of Champion’s fiance Rubem Robierb.

Among the guests: “Live” co-host and former New York Giant Michael Strahan, MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts, ABC News SVPs James Goldston and Barbara Fedida and “GMA” Senior EP Tom Cibrowski and super agent Olivia Metzger.

Cibrowski told us he called it an early night on Tuesday. “Once I saw the 10 O’clock states come in, I kind of knew what to expect,” Cibrowski tells TVNewser. “And I had to be up in a few hours to get ["GMA"] on.”

Back at Times Square Studios, the lights had not yet gone out. Elliott told us he felt slightly guilty about the power outage which happened just before 11pmET. Stationed outside the studio in a 30 degree chill, the electricity used to light and heat his live shots may have caused the outage inside. “It’s completely dark,” recounted Elliott as he looked up to the second floor of the studio. “And I hear in my ear, ‘We’ve lost the lights, we need you to stretch.’” ABC elections EP Marc Burstein kept the network on the air by utilizing Elliot, reporters in the field and shuffling Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopoulos in another part of the studio until the lights came back.

Back to last night’s show, Champion couldn’t have been more proud of Robierb, while facing the prospect that many of the works would soon have new homes. “I hope no one buys that one,” said Champion of the $10,000 lithograph at the front of the gallery. “That one’s been in the living room.”

A portion of the proceeds from last night’s sales from The Bullet-Fly Effect will be donated to the American Red Cross.

Ben Sherwood Names 3 to Executive Team; Barbara Fedida, Susan Mercandetti return to ABC News

Four months into the top job at ABC News Ben Sherwood is building his executive team, and he’s tapped two former colleagues for leadership roles.

As we’ve been reporting, and is now official, Barbara Fedida is making a return to ABC News as SVP of talent and business. Fedida was talent VP at CBS News until February, departing amid an executive shuffle there. Fedida joined CBS News from ABC News in 2006, where she’d spent the previous 17 years, rising from production associate to producer to talent recruitment and development director.

Susan Mercandetti is also returning to ABC, after a run as executive editor at Random House. Mercandetti spent more than a decade at ABC News on “Good Morning America” and “Nightline.”

Sherwood is also bringing on Aol executive Joe Ruffolo as Senior VP of ABC News Digital. At Aol, Ruffolo was VP of AOL.com and Head of Current Programming. Ruffolo replaces Paul Slavin who, after 33 years with ABC News, left the company last week.

Fedida takes over for Amy Entelis who is leaving ABC News for Sucherman Consulting where she will be EVP of talent.

Fedida and Ruffolo start tomorrow. Mercandetti joins May 2.

> Update: Sherwood’s letter to staff, after the jump.

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Amy Entelis Leaving ABC News

ABC News senior VP of talent strategy, development and research Amy Entelis is leaving the company t0 join Sucherman Consulting Group. At Sucherman Entelis will serve as executive VP of talent strategy starting in May.

“Amy has found and groomed some of the best anchors, correspondents and producers in television news,” said ABC News president Ben Sherwood in an email to staff. “The result of Amy’s eye and efforts can be seen in the daily quality of our broadcasts.  Around the clock, our audience benefits from the work of a remarkable group of journalists.”

Sherwood is expected to name Entelis’ replacement in the coming weeks.

TVNewser hears that among the names being considered is Barbara Fedida, who had served as the top talent executive for CBS News since 2006, before leaving when new management took over in February of this year.

Sherwood’s note, and the announcement from Sucherman, are after the jump.

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Cable News Young Gun Gets Shot at Tiffany Network

CBS News’ brand-new management team doesn’t officially take over until tomorrow, but it’s already earning high marks from former division president Andrew Heyward.

“It’s a really creative, innovative way to structure top management,” says Heyward, a consultant to media companies. “I give Leslie [Leslie Moonves, president and CEO of CBS Corp.] a lot of credit for this.”

“This” is the unusual tandem of Bloomberg alum David Rhodes as CBS News president and ’60 Minutes’ executive producer Jeff Fager as chairman, a new title. In addition to topping the division’s flow chart, Fager will continue running ’60.’

Rhodes is a young (37) CBS outsider whose entire career has been in cable. Fager, 56, has spent more than half his life at CBS, where he is universally respected as a  newsman and manager.

Frank Sesno, former CNN Washington bureau chief, labels the professional coupling  “a dream team.”

“The boss understands the heritage, preserves the legacy, articulates the vision,” says Sesno, director of the School of Media and Public Affairs at George Washington University. “The president brings in new blood, a new sensibility and a cable edge.”

The duo, announced Feb. 7, made its first major move Friday with the exit of Paul Friedman, executive vice president for news, and Barbara Fedida, head of talent and development.  Neither departure was unexpected.

Friedman, in particular, was strongly disliked by the troops for his brusque management

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Paul Friedman out at CBS News

TVNewser has learned another CBS News executive is out the door today. Executive VP for news Paul Friedman is leaving the company. Incoming chairman of the news division Jeff Fager made the announcement in a memo to staff a short time ago:

As David Rhodes and I prepare to take over next week we want to inform you of some changes at CBS News. Customarily when new leadership moves in, changes occur in top management to make room for the new team.

The most significant is that Paul Friedman will be leaving CBS News today.

Friedman joined CBS News in 2006 as SVP in charge of hard news. He was promoted to EVP in 2009. He is the father of David Friedman who is the executive producer of “The Early Show.”

Before CBS News, Friedman spent 21 years at ABC News, joining as producer in London in 1982 departing in 2003 as EVP and managing editor. Before ABC, Friedman spent 14 years at NBC News. He has been executive producer of both “NBC Nightly News” (1976-79) and ABC’s “World News Tonight” (1988-93 and 1997-2000).

Fager’s memo also announced the news first reported by TVNewser that Barbara Fedida would also be leaving CBS.

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Barbara Fedida out at CBS News

As part of the management changes at CBS News, TVNewser has learned the division’s VP of talent and development, Barbara Fedida is leaving the network.

Fedida was brought to CBS News from ABC News in 2006 by then-News president Sean McManus. Today is also McManus’ final day with the news division as he moves solely to CBS Sports where he will be chairman.

Fedida began her career at ABC News in 1989 as a production associate for “Peter Jennings Reporting.” She remained with ABC for 17 years where she held positions including talent recruitment and development director, director of Standards and Practices and as a producer for several ABC News programs including “Day One,” and “World News Tonight with Peter Jennings.”

At CBS Fedida recruited talent including correspondents Terry McCarthy and Nancy Cordes from ABC, Erica HillSeth Doane and Elaine Quijano from CNN, Rebecca Jarvis from CNBC, “Early Show” weatherperson Marysol Castro, also from ABC and Dr. Jennifer Ashton from Fox News.

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