ABC News Promotes Ian Pannell To Chief Foreign Correspondent

Rhiannon Ally Named Co-Anchor Of ABC’s ‘World News Now’ And ‘America This Morning’

‘Good Morning America’ Stage Manager Bill Miller Dies

Talking TV: Ginger Zee On Preparing Viewers For Disaster

TVNewsCheck’s Michael Depp talks with Ginger Zee, chief meteorologist for ABC and co-host of Hearst Media Production Group’s Hearts of Heroes, along with fellow host Sheldon Yellen, about broadcast’s role in disaster preparedness and the frontline workers whose stories they tell in the show. A full transcript of the conversation is included.

ABC News Launches Studio To Expand Documentary Efforts

ABC News is doubling down on documentaries and docuseries, launching a new non-fiction division called ABC News Studios. The studio already has 15 series in various stages of production, as well as 3 feature-length documentaries, which will live under the ABC News Films banner.

ABC News Names Joshua Hoyos New York Bureau Chief

ABC News Taps Janai Norman As ‘Good Morning America’ Weekend Anchor

ABC News has found the next co-anchor for the weekend edition of Good Morning America. On Tuesday, ABC News president Kim Godwin told staff that Janai Norman will join the program effective immediately, working alongside anchors Whit Johnson and Eva Pilgrim.

ABC News, Writers Guild East Reach Contract Agreement

ABC News Announces 2022 Midterm Campaign Embeds

Sexual Assault Case Dismissed Against Former ABC News Producer Michael Corn

A judge in New York State Supreme Court dismissed a lawsuit against former ABC News producer Michael Corn, who was alleged to have sexually assaulted a subordinate and to have created a toxic work environment at ABC News.

‘Good Morning America’ Threatens ‘Today’ With Wins In News Demo

For the past four weeks, GMA has eked out gains over NBC’s Today in a critical audience category that can help determine how much advertising money Madison Avenue invests in news programs. GMA typically cedes viewers 25-54 to Today, but for each of the past four weeks has instead won.

ABC News Promotes Liz Alesse To Head Of ABC Audio

‘This Week With George Stephanopoulos’ Announces Promotions, New Producer

Robin Roberts Celebrates 20 Years At ‘Good Morning America’


As The Pandemic Wanes, Virtualization Isn’t Winding Back

Executives from ABC News, NBCUniversal Local, ABS-CBN and Avid told a TVNewsCheck webinar last week that they’re not reversing steps to build distributed production environments, regardless of how many people are returning to the office. But the road still has its bumps, such as persistent issues with latency and intercom and confidence monitoring.

Spanish Language News Anchor María Elena Salinas Jumps To ABC News

Jonathan Karl Talked With Fox About Replacing Chris Wallace

ABC Says ‘Good Morning’ With Vibrant New Look

Heather Riley To Develop Political Programming, Series At ABC News

Heather Riley today was named executive editorial producer of political programming and affairs at ABC News, and has been assigned to help develop political-news programming for both the Walt Disney Co. unit’s linear programming as well as for Hulu and the streaming-video outlet ABC News Live. She will report to Wendy Fisher, ABC News, SVP of newsgathering.

ABC News Plans Primetime Special Tied To COVID Anniversary

The special, 24 Months That Changed the World, will air on ABC as a special edition of 20/20 on Wednesday March 30, at 10 p.m. It will stream on Hulu the following day. Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts will lead the program, with contributions from ABC News chief medical correspondent Dr. Jennifer Ashton, senior national affairs correspondent Deborah Roberts, contributor Chris Connelly, and chief business, technology and economics correspondent Rebecca Jarvis.

Longtime ABC News Producer Eric Strauss Named EP Of ABC’s Medical Unit

Av Westin, Newsman Behind ABC’s ‘20/20,’ Dies

Av Westin, an influential television producer who rose from copy boy at CBS News for Edward R. Murrow in the 1940s to help make ABC’s 20/20 newsmagazine a perennial winner of Emmy Awards, died on March 12. He was 92. Above, Westin (r) with the 20/20 host Hugh Downs in 1981. He recruited an A-list group of correspondents for the program.

Reena Mehta Joins ABC News As Streaming-Digital SVP

In Mehta’s newly created role, she will be in charge of ABC News’ multi-platform and direct-to-consumer content strategy and pipeline. She will oversee the development and slate of unscripted documentaries and narrative non-fiction series and specials for linear and streaming. She will also manage the teams at ABC News Live, ABC News’ digital portfolio consisting of the ABC News, Good Morning America and FiveThirtyEight brands and products, and ABC Audio.

ABC News Ups Stacia Philips Deshishku To Exec Editor/SVP

The network news division named Stacia Philips Deshishku executive editor and senior vice president, essentially the No. 2 editorial role, overseeing “editorial, strategic and creative cross-platform direction across the news division,” according to an email to staff Wednesday from Godwin. She will also work the top producers at Good Morning America, Nightline and World News, as well as with the booking and integrated content strategy teams.

ABC News Promotes Almin Karamehmedovic To Senior EP Of World News Tonight

Whoopi Goldberg Suspended From ‘The View’ After Holocaust Comments

The action came a day after Goldberg’s comment during a discussion on The View that race was not a factor in the Holocaust. Goldberg apologized hours later and again on Tuesday’s morning episode, but the original remark drew condemnation from several prominent Jewish leaders. “While Whoopi has apologized, I’ve asked her to take time to reflect and learn about the impact of her comments. The entire ABC News organization stands in solidarity with our Jewish colleagues, friends, family and communities,” ABC News President Kim Godwin said in a statement.

Robin Roberts Tests Positive For COVID-19

Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts revealed late Thursday that she tested positive for COVID-19, which is why she has been absent from the morning airwaves. “Appreciate the concern about my absence this week on @GMA. Unfortunately I tested positive for Covid. Grateful my symptoms have been mild and that I’m doing well. Looking forward to returning as soon as I can,” she tweeted.

ABC Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Jennifer Ashton Tests Positive For COVID

ABC News Draws Complaints For Editing Of CDC Director’s Interview

ABC News is under fire for how it edited an interview that CDC Director Rochelle Walensky gave to Good Morning America. In the interview, Walensky discussed a study that showed how most vaccinated people who died of coronavirus were also sick for other reasons. But the way the interview was edited, it wasn’t clear she was talking about vaccinated people — and references spread widely online implying she was talking about all COVID-19 victims.

Former CNN Producer Chandra Zeikel Joins ABC As EP for ABC News Live

TV’s Biggest Newsrooms Poised For 2022 Surge In Streaming Wars

As the nation’s big media companies look to woo new viewers trying to pick their way through a dizzying number of streaming outlets, news divisions are signing up for the battle. A lot of journalists — and the executives who manage them — will head into a decidedly non-traditional competition in 2022, one that won’t necessarily be won with news scoops. They are rushing to produce new kinds of show formats, and relying on anchors both familiar and less so, all in a furious bid to keep a younger generation of consumers from developing new connections with digital upstarts that threaten to siphon them away.

Fox News Star Was Up For ‘The View’ Gig Until She Refused To Get Vaccine

Lisa Boothe interviewed to replace Meghan McCain as the ABC talk show’s in-house conservative. But conversations ended when she publicly refused to get any vaccines.

Inside Disney’s Handling Of The ABC News Sexual-Assault Allegations

A lawsuit claims executives knew of misconduct at the key revenue generator Good Morning America but didn’t follow up and discouraged an official report.


Remote Production Yields Many Upsides For News Storytelling, Workflows

Executives from ABC News, Fox Owned Stations, Newsday and Avid said at TVNewsCheck’s NewsTECHForum last week that remote production necessities have made an indelible impact on their editorial workflows, from more efficient meetings on Zoom to production agility that will stay with them long after COVID abates.


Flexibility, Agility: News Production’s New Bywords

Executives from ABC News, Fox Owned Stations, WCBS New York, News 12 and FX Design Group took the measure of remote production’s changes on the industry in a NewsTECHForum panel this week. While traditional studio and field reporting are returning, permanent workflow adjustments are also settling in. Above (l-r): Glen Dickson, Jacques Natz, Fabian Westerwelle, Peter McGowan, Mack McLaughlin and Erik Smith.

Eman Varoqua Tapped As Executive Producer Of ABC News’ ‘Nightline’

CBS News’ Mireya Villarreal Moves To ABC News As Dallas-Based Correspondent

Alec Baldwin Sits Down With ABC News After Fatal ‘Rust’ Shooting


Remote Production And The Future Of News Storytelling

Executives from ABC News, Fox’s KDFW Dallas, Newsday and Avid will share how they’re reimagining news production and storytelling in a post-pandemic world at TVNewsCheck’s NewsTECHForum conference on Dec. 14. Register here.

News Operations In A Changed World

Executives from ABC News, Fox Television Stations, WCBS and FX Design Group will look at how widespread remote production has charted a new path forward for news operations at TVNewsCheck’s NewsTECHForum on Dec. 14, presented in-person at the New York Hilton and virtually. Register here.