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September 8, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Although David Westin’s decision to step down as president of ABC News was depicted in some reports as the culmination of a power struggle with ABC President Anne Sweeney, it was actually Disney CEO Robert Iger who wielded the axe, according to veteran industry journalists Peter Lauria and Lloyd Grove, writing in Citing a source with direct knowledge of Disney’s decision-making, the two writers observed that Iger may have been exasperated by Westin’s inability to make a cable deal, possibly forming a partnership with CNN. “There was nothing going on, no negotiations at all,” said the writers’ source. “Without a cable partner, ABC News is kind of doomed.” However, former NBC News President Andrew Lack, who now heads Bloomberg’s multimedia group, has told today’s (Wednesday) New York Times that he had explored the possibility of a merger with Westin. “The conversations didn’t go anywhere. But particularly with David, I felt we had substantial interest in getting together,” Lack said.