ABC News is promoting 20/20 Senior Producer Janice Johnston to the role of executive producer. She will be just the fourth person to lead 20/20 as executive producer in nearly 43 years.
Here are the complete videos and story links for TVNewsCheck’s NewsTECHForum, featuring a keynote interview with veteran news producer David Bohrman and news and technology leaders from ABC News, Hearst, Tegna, NBCU Owned Television Stations, CBS Owned Stations, ABC Owned Stations, Gray Television, Graham Media, Sinclair, E.W. Scripps, Meredith, BBC, AJ+ and more.
TV broadcasters are aiming to move live production workflows to the cloud, but executives from Sinclair, ABC News and Vizrt said at last week’s NewsTECHForum it will take faster tech development from vendors and possibly new financial thinking from customers.
COVID-19, a historic election and Black Lives Matter protests kept local and national TV newsrooms in a state of perpetual vigilance this year. News executives from ABC News, Tegna and Hearst at TVNewsCheck’s NewsTECHForum on Tuesday said the year’s challenges revealed some remarkable resiliencies in their newsrooms, but also made their journalists a bigger target.
ABC News is laying off staffers amid a broader reorganization at parent company Walt Disney, one that impacts a low single-digit percentage of the news division’s 1,400 staffers, according to a source familiar with the situation. In a memo to employees sent Thursday evening, ABC News President James Goldston said that the personnel reductions were “necessary” as the company adapts to changes in the business and its organizational structure. Those who have been let go will end their tenures at ABC News in early 2021.
Galen Gordon, VP for the National Football League Media Group, has joined ABC News as SVP for talent strategy and development, starting Nov. 30. He reports to ABC News President James Goldston.
Executives from ABC Owned Stations, Hearst, ABC News, Gray Television, NBCU Owned Stations and Bitcentral say seven months into the pandemic, remote workflows are running smoothly and more permanent changes to their operations are pulling into focus. Read the story and/or watch the full video above.
ABC News will elevate Derek Medina to executive vice president, giving him oversight of many of the Walt Disney unit’s business operations and freeing president James Goldston to devote some of his time to broader strategies.
Joe Biden participated in a 90-minute town hall from Philadelphia on ABC, while NBC News went ahead with its hourlong session with President Trump in Miami — despite protests from Hollywood stars and others who criticized the network for forcing viewers to choose because the two events were held at the same time.
The president and Joe Biden were supposed to meet Thursday for their second debate hosted by the nonpartisan Commission on Presidential Debates. Following the president’s diagnosis, the commission switched it to a virtual meeting, but Trump declined to participate. Biden then agreed to appear on ABC. Critics of NBC questioned why the network scheduled Trump for the same time, making viewers have to choose if they were interested in seeing both candidates react live in a similar format.
ABC News staffers who were in direct contact with former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will quarantine for 14 days, a spokesperson for the network said in a statement Saturday after Christie announced he had tested positive for the coronavirus. Christie, an ABC News political analyst, was on set for ABC News’ post-debate coverage Tuesday. Others on set included ABC News correspondent Linsey Davis, former Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Democracy for America CEO Yvette Simpson, and Republican strategist Sara Fagan.
Technology executives from ABC News, NBCU Owned Stations, ABC Owned Television Stations and Hearst Television will explore how pandemic-necessitated at-home production has overhauled the industry’s thinking at TVNewsCheck’s virtual TV2025 event in October. Register here.
ABC News will present The President and the People, a 90-minute town hall with President Trump Tuesday night from 9 to 10:30 p.m. ET. George Stephanopoloswill moderate the 90-minute special—under the 20/20 banner—featuring Trump and voters ABC says are uncommitted.
When Nightline viewers tune in to the program later this evening, they are likely to see something they won’t expect: the show will have a new announcer, new topics, and even a new title. Tonight’s broadcast will mark the start of a month-long “takeover” of the late-night news program by Turning Point, an ABC News project that will explore the reckoning America is currently facing on racial issues. The effort won’t be limited to Nightline. ABC News intends to feature “Turning Point” segments on Good Morning America, World News Tonight, The View, 20/20 and This Week, as well as on its digital and audio outlets.
ABC News will host a town hall with President Donald Trump and undecided voters on Sept. 15. George Stephanopoulos will anchor the event, which will take place in Philadelphia and will held in accordance with state and local government COVID-19 regulations and guidelines set by local health officials. The event will air at 9 p.m. ET on the network and ABC News Live.
TV stations and networks are learning that to take full advantage of the cloud, they need to overhaul the way they produce news rather than try to replicate hardware-based workflows on a cloud platform.
News leaders from CNN, ABC News, E.W. Scripps, Gray Television and Yahoo Finance will explore the programming options enabled by the 2020 election at TVNewsCheck’s virtual event on Sept. 23. Register here.
On Tuesday, July 28, at 9 p.m. ABC News will unveil a 20/20 report that is three months in the making. “American Catastrophe: How Did We Get Here?” with the network’s Chief White House Correspondent, Jonathan Karl, will give viewers a behind-the-scenes look at how the United States missed opportunities, warning signs and chances to prepare for the coronavirus pandemic, and interviews past and current U.S. officials in an attempt to figure out how the nation will proceed.
Barbara Fedida, a top news division talent and business affairs executive, is out at ABC News following an investigation that she made racially insensitive remarks. The network also announced that changes would be implemented “given the manner in which Ms. Fedida wielded the power of her position.”
Technology managers from ABC News, NBCU and Spectrum Networks will talk about the at-home studio and it’s impact on the future of news workflow during a TVNewsCheck Working Lunch Webinar set for July 23. Speakers are (top row l to r): Brendan Falco, senior director of operations at Spectrum Networks and NY1 News; Ben Kepler, director of broadcast operations and engineering at ABC News; Keith Barbaria, VP technology at NBC’s WBTS Boston, NBC Sports Boston, Telemundo Boston and NECN (r); and bottom row l to r): Fred Fourcher, founder and CEO, Bitcentral; Jade Kurian, co-founder and president; and Glen Dickson, contributing editor, TVNewsCheck, who will moderate. Register to attend here.
ABC’s World News Tonight won the quarter in average total viewers for nightly news broadcasts, according to Nielsen Media Research ratings, topping average and age-demo rankings for the 6:30 p.m. ET slot. For the second quarter of 2020, World News Tonight, hosted by David Muir, brought in an average of 10,331,000 viewers total. Comparatively, NBC’s Nightly News with Lester Holt took in an average of 8,866,000 and CBS’s Evening News, helmed by Norah O’Donnell, secured 6,257,000 viewers on average.
Barbara Fedida, an ABC News executive overseeing talent and business, has been placed on administrative leave while the network investigates insensitive comments she made in the workplace. She had been the subject of multiple complaints to the network’s human resources department.
The president has given his first non-Fox interview in five months to ABC News anchor David Muir.
MSNBC executive producer Quiana Burns is coming to ABC to serve as executive broadcast producer of Weekend Good Morning America. In addition, Weekend GMA Senior Broadcast Producer Mike Milhaven is moving over to the flagship GMA team.
Good Morning America anchor George Stephanopoulos said that his test results came back positive for coronavirus, as he has been caring for his wife Ali Wentworth as she recovers from the virus. But Stephanopoulos said that he has not shown any symptoms, as he continues to anchor the show from home.
Good Morning America and ABC News are mourning the loss of GMA studio camera operator Tony Greer, who died from coronavirus complications.
New apps from ABC News Live debut on Fire TV and Android TV platforms with an update coming to the Roku platform and Apple TV apps. The ABC Owned Television Stations are also introducing market-specific apps on Fire TV, Android TV, the Roku platform and Apple TV.