UPDATE, 3:45 PM: Brownstein is even more hard working than I thought. ABC’s announcement apparently reminded CNN that it also signed the analyst last week to help with election coverage. CNN disclosed the news today in a blog post. Brownstein says that CNN “never loses sight of the fact that campaigns are not a form of entertainment — they are the way we set our direction and settle our differences as a society.”
PREVIOUS, 11:42 AM: Talk about hard working. Ron Brownstein will continue to serve as the National Journal’s editorial director and write his column for the Washington-based magazine and The Los Angeles Times while he contributes 2012 election analysis to ABC News. Here’s the note ABC News president Ben Sherwood sent to staff: Read More »
ABC has confirmed long-running speculation that as part of Jimmy Kimmel’s new two-year deal with ABC, the comedian had asked for his latenight talk show on the network to be moved up from 12:05 AM to midnight. The change will come into effect on Feb.4. ABC News president Ben Sherwood just sent out this memo elaborating on the impact Jimmy Kimmel Live‘s earlier start time will have on Nightline, whose running time will be shortened to 25 minutes. Among other things, ABC News is getting a commitment for 13 hourlong primetime editions of Nightline to air on ABC. Nightline, which recently ranked as the most watched program in late night, had long been a target as the only non-entertainment program to air on the Big 3 networks after 11PM. A decade ago, ABC brass famously plotted to replace it with a David Letterman-hosted talk show. Here is Sherwood’s email:
I’m writing to share some important news about Nightline.
First and foremost, today ABC has definitively answered one of the recurring questions about Nightline and ABC News: The company firmly believes Nightline is a vital part of its successful late night strategy and Nightline will anchor the schedule at 11:35 PM. Period.
Last year, ABC told Jimmy Kimmel that he would get a new start time – moving to midnight effective February 4, 2011. Obviously, this fact will move
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From Ray Richmond, who has been contributing to Deadline Hollywood’s TCA coverage:
You’d have figured that ABC News’ hiring in December of Ben Sherwood as its new president — replacing David Westin — would inspire the famed fangs of reporters and critics at TCA to come out. Here was a guy whose reputation one might charitably call “controversial.” He departed as head of Good Morning America in 2006 in a decided lack of glory, and has been out of the TV news business ever since, busy writing books like The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud. And his ascension to the big ABC News chair was met with a nasty propaganda video that found the new troops attacking their incoming boss mercilessly.
But the lion’s den turned out to be more a pussycat’s lair Monday morning in Pasadena as ABC’s day at the semi-annual TCA confab dawned. And part of that can likely be ascribed to the smooth performance of Sherwood himself. He eschewed the podium to stride the stage gracefully and forcefully and embodied the air of a guy in charge despite his having been on job less than a month. No one even thought to ask him what his qualifications were for such a high-profile post.
“I don’t want to sugarcoat the last year, it’s been very difficult,” Sherwood acknowledged right off the top. “But I feel we are turning the corner to more success.”
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