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.”
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.
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. Barbara Fedida is making a return to ABC News as SVP of talent and business; Susan Mercandetti is also returning to ABC, after a run as executive editor at Random House; and AOL exec Joe Ruffalo becomes SVP of ABC News Digital.