Julie Townsend, Head of ABC News Communications, Leaving

Julie Townsend,  head of communications for ABC News since the fall of 2014, will leave the Disney unit as it prepares to welcome a new president. Townsend, a VP who has supervised outreach on behalf of flagship news programs ranging from Good Morning America to World News Tonight, will leave May 14 “to lead global consumer communications at an iconic American company” that she said in a memo to staffers would be revealed at a later date.

Change In PR Leadership At ABC News

ABC News’ SVP of communications Jeffrey Scheider will leave the company next month to launch his own PR firm. Julie Townsend, the VP of communications, will step in to replace him.