Friday, April 3, 2020

HISPANIC NEWS NETWORK TO DEBUT — IN ENGLISH

May 8, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

ABC News, which until now has not had a presence on cable TV, is teaming up with Univision News to launch a 24-hour cable channel targeting Hispanics. It will be in English. “This exciting joint venture represents the latest example of our long-term strategy to broaden the reach of ABC,” Anne Sweeney, president of Disney/ABC […]

IT’S OFFICIAL: GMA BEATS TODAY FOR FIRST TIME IN 16 YEARS

April 20, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Final Nielsen figures confirmed on Thursday that for the first time since 1996, ABC’s Good Morning America averaged more viewers over an entire week than NBC’s Today show. The official tally: GMA 5.17 million viewers; Today 5.14 million. And while the difference may be statistically insignificant — the numbers have a margin of error of […]

ABC NEWS WON’T PAY FOR INTERVIEWS FROM NOW ON

July 26, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

ABC has decided to get out of the business of checkbook journalism. In his column for TheDailyBeast.com, media writer Howard Kurtz reported that, without fanfare, ABC President Ben Sherwood “has effectively taken ABC out of what had become a competitive bidding war for hot bookings.” In the recent past, the network has purchased photos and […]

COURIC LANDS AT ABC

June 6, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

ABC, which is losing Oprah Winfrey, is gaining Katie Couric. ABC Confirmed today (Monday) that it had signed a deal with Couric to host a syndicated talk show beginning in the fall of 2012 and to contribute to ABC News beginning this summer. In a message to staff, ABC News President Ben Sherwood said: “I’ve […]

KIMMEL GETS NEW TIMESLOT; NIGHTLINE TO GO PRIMETIME

January 21, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel is getting an earlier timeslot — five minutes earlier, to be precise. Beginning February 4, his show will begin precisely at midnight instead of at 12:05 a.m. The move will shorten the nightly ABC News magazine Nightline by five minutes. However, in an email message to ABC staffers, ABC News President Ben […]

ABC ROMANCING BLOOMBERG NEWS

January 11, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Rumors that ABC may partner with Bloomberg News took on new credence Monday as both Disney-ABC TV chief Anne Sweeney and ABC News President Ben Sherwood each indicated that a partnership with Bloomberg’s cable channel may be in the offing. NBC Universal has its own cable channel (MSNBC), as does Fox TV (Fox News Channel); […]

NEW ABC NEWS PRESIDENT NAMED

December 6, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

ABC has named Ben Sherwood, a former executive producer of Good Morning America, to replace David Westin as president of ABC News. Sherwood, who is the very personification of media convergence — he has a background in traditional broadcast news, has written commentaries for the Web (including the Huffington Post), and wrote the novel on […]