Almin Karamehmedovic has been named executive producer of Nightline, ABC News said this morning. Current EP Jeanmarie Condon has been named senior exec producer of content and development for the news division. Both will report to James Goldston, ABC’s SVP News. Condon will develop a range of special projects and series for broadcast, digital and cable, focusing on enterprise reporting and on the division-wide deep-dive journalism she is known for spearheading, ABC president Ben Sherwood said in this morning’s announcement. She will continue to oversee Nightline Primetime.
Karamehmedovic has been senior producer, then senior broadcast producer of Nightline for the past four years. In 2001, he became one of the first journalists to gain access to Tora Bora, Afghanistan, where Osama bin Laden was holed up, and in 2003 he embedded with the U.S. Army during the invasion of Iraq and spent much of the next three years there. In 2005, he was one of the first journalists to travel to Darfur/Sudan to report on the genocide there, and in 2006 he covered the war in Southern Lebanon, Sherwood noted. Read More »
ABC News president Ben Sherwood made it official this morning, announcing Mara Schiavocampo has joined ABC News as a New York-based correspondent. Schiavocampo, who’d been with NBC since 2007, becoming Early Today anchor in ’10 and also anchoring MSNBC’s First Look, left that network in December. At ABC News she will be a New York-based correspondent reporting on all platforms.
One day earlier, George Stephanopoulos announced on This Week that Bill Kristol, the editor and publisher of The Weekly Standard, had joined ABC News as a contributor. Kristol’s decade-long contributor relationship with Fox News ended last summer — owing to a cooling of his relationship with Fox News chairman Roger Ailes, or rather because FNC made a lot of changes and no longer needed his services and there was no cooling at all, depending on your source.
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ABC News president Ben Sherwood announced this morning that Australia’s Ten Network senior foreign correspondent/anchor Hamish Macdonald is joining his division as an international affairs correspondent based in London. Macdonald resigned from Ten in September; his exit back then was described in press reports as a “shock,” what with Ten having planned to use him as the face of its Sochi Winter Games coverage. His three-year contract with that network was set to end in February of ’14, according to those reports.
“After three wonderful years at Ten, I have decided to move on. Thursday 26 September will be my last day on-air… after eight years of almost non-stop travel, I am hoping to take a little down-time now to consider which option to pursue next,” Macdonald tweeted in September.
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Ryan Smith will start in January as a New York-based correspondent and legal analyst, complementing the work of ABC News‘s chief legal analyst and Nightline anchor Dan Abrams, ABC News president Ben Sherwood said in a memo to staff today. Ryan will also offer legal analysis on ESPN. Smith had until recently anchored HLN’s Evening Express, which was among the programs dumped last month by HLN’s new-ish GM Albie Hecht as part of a rebranding of that network. (Evening Express was, ironically, replaced by What Would You Do! — the ABC News show to which HLN bought cable TV rerun rights about a year ago. ) From Sherwood’s memo:
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4th UPDATE, 4:31 PM: NBC, ABC and CBS and cable news networks CNN, Fox News Channel and MSNBC intend to go early, long and live with the Nelson Mandela memorial tomorrow morning. Broadcasting the NBC Nightly News tonight and Tuesday from Pretoria, Brian Williams will front the network and MSNBC’s coverage of the memorial at Johannesburg’s FNB Stadium starting at 1 AM PT. Among the heads of state in attendance, President Obama, who traveled to South Africa today with the First Lady, is scheduled to speak. Former Presidents Carter, Bush II and Clinton will be there too as will former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Obama will fly back to the U.S. later in the day. ABC’s Good Morning America hosts George Stephanopoulos and Robin Roberts will anchor their network’s special report coverage at the same time from NYC with Terry Moran and Byron Pitts reporting from South Africa. CBS’ Anne-Marie Green will cover the memorial from New York during the network’s Up To The Minute show in the early hours. All the nets plan to stream the memorial on their websites and platforms.
Related: R.I.P. Nelson Mandela
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ABC News and Katie Couric are breaking up. Couric, meanwhile, is close to a deal with Yahoo which would include doing an interview show for the Internet giant. Yahoo, ironically, has a news-sharing contract with ABC News.
ABC News was on the hook for a much smaller portion of Couric’s reported $20 million paycheck with the company than is the syndication operation, with which she has a deal for her daytime talk show Katie. The ABC News gig was seen by some as a vanity thing tacked to her talk show by those who have noted she’s not done much for ABC News in the past year. Anyway, it’s no longer the case that ABC News will be paying part of her paycheck.
“Katie is an incredible journalist and this was an opportunity that she couldn’t pass up. Thanks to the powerful association between ABC News and Yahoo we know that Katie will continue to work closely with us and welcome her on our air anytime,” an ABC News exec with knowledge of the situation told Deadline. Yes, it sounded pretty don’t-let-the-door-hit-you-on-the-way-out to us too.
Couric’s talk show is now in its second — and, it’s been widely speculated for some time, final — season, though syndication axes don’t generally fall until after all November sweep stats are in. The show has been plagued with exec producer changes and shifts in direction since its initial good launch, and station execs are not happy with the product. Most expect the show to end its run after fulfilling its two-year commitment with the ABC Stations in May. There had been speculation that ABC might try to get another year at a lower price while preparing a replacement, but that does not appear likely. Read More »
ABC News’ Amy Robach, whose cancer diagnosis after an on-air mammogram made news, says her double mastectomy has revealed a second, previously undetected malignant tumor. “My prognosis is good, I got very lucky finding the cancer through our ABC sponsored mammogram and I got lucky choosing an aggressive approach, bilateral mastectomy, because while in surgery last week my surgeon found a second, undetected malignant tumor,” Robach said today in a memo to Good Morning America staff. Read More »
ABC’s 20/20 co-anchor Elizabeth Vargas, who has not been seen on the air since October 18, is being treated in a rehab facility for alcohol dependency, the news division confirmed this afternoon. “We are proud of the … Read More »
UPDATE, 2:15 PM: When ABC News put out word this morning that Nightline anchor Bill Weir was leaving ABC News for “another opportunity in the news business,” The Reporters Who Cover Television began preparing their “Weir Heads To CNN” reports, figuring there was a high likelihood he would follow colleagues Jake Tapper, Chris Cuomo and John Berman to the cable news network. The development bore the signs of another Amy Entelis strike. Entelis, a 30-year ABC News vet who left as VP Talent and Strategy, and who in January 2012 was named to the newly created position of SVP Talent and Content Development at CNN Worldwide, had been given credit for the hires of the aforementioned ABC News staffers. When, several hours later, CNN made the announcement it had in fact hired Weir as an anchor – without naming any program — as well as Chief Innovation Correspondent, some of those reporters began to pick up Mediaite’s report, citing an unnamed source, that Weir had been promised all, or half, of Piers Morgan’s CNN time slot some time many months from now. CNN issued a statement “Bill Weir was not brought to CNN to replace Piers Morgan.” That seemed to put a lid on it, though some media reports continued to mull Morgan’s future at the network.
“At a time when CNN is expanding the definition of news, the former anchor of ABC News’ Nightline will work with producers to develop original programming across the schedule,” CNN had explained in its Weir announcement. “Bill’s range, sensibility and curiosity set him apart,” chimed in CNN Worldwide President Jeff Zucker. “He brings a unique storytelling style, perspective and sense of humor to CNN, and he will be a key player as we continue to expand our lineup.” Read More »
ABC News President Ben Sherwood made the announcement this morning, noting that Bill Weir gave notice that he was departing “for another opportunity in the news business.” Dan Harris, who has co-anchored the weekend edition of Good … Read More »
Political columnist and longtime ABC News analyst George Will has jumped to Fox News Channel, the network announced today. The Pulitzer Prize-winning author will provide analysis and commentary in daytime and primetime programming as … Read More »
Erle Norton has joined ABC as exec producer of ABC News Digital. The memo from ABC News president Ben Sherwood:
I’m delighted to share that Erle Norton joins us today as the new Executive Producer of ABC News Digital, overseeing editorial and video operations across ABCNews.com.
Growing ABC News Digital is one of our most important priorities. Erle will work closely with Joe Ruffolo and the product, editorial and video teams to further enhance the editorial experience and to ensure greater integration across all our platforms. And he’s charged with developing our lifestyle, tech and enterprise verticals; continuing to improve the user experience on mobile and tablet devices; and expanding live stream and digital video opportunities.
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Emmy-winning former ABC News Deputy Political Director Teddy Davis started his campaign today to become the next Los Angeles councilman for the city’s Fourth District. Stretching from Hancock Park to Hollywood, the district is currently represented by longtime Councilman Tom LeBonge, who can’t run again in 2015 because of term limits. While Davis can’t officially file as a candidate until next November, he did put in paperwork today to be able to start fundraising for the March 3, 2015, election. “It’s Official! I’m running for City Council from the part of LA where I grew up (CD 4),” the Los Feliz-born Davis tweeted today. Read More »
ABC News says it has reopened a bureau in Beirut, Lebanon. Alexander Marquardt, who covers the region for the network, will be based there. The Beirut bureau is in addition to ABC’s bureau in Jerusalem. Peter Jennings opened … Read More »
Fusion, ABC and Univision’s new network aimed at young English-speaking Hispanics in the U.S., has appointed David Ford as VP Corporate Communications. He joins Fusion from the ABC News PR team and will oversee all external … Read More »
Former NBC News and ABC News correspondent Herb Kaplow died Saturday in Arlington, VA. He was 86. The longtime radio and TV newsman started his journalism career in 1951 at NBC News and moved to ABC News … Read More »
David Zinczenko is joining ABC News as nutrition and wellness editor. Formerly a contributor on NBC’s Today, he made his debut this morning on Good Morning America and will appear on the division’s other shows and … Read More »
ABC News announced this morning it has added Aditi Roy to its Los Angeles Bureau. Here is ABC News chief Ben Sherwood’s memo to staffers:
I am pleased to announce that Aditi Roy is joining ABC News as a Los Angeles-based correspondent reporting for all our broadcasts and platforms.
For much of the past decade viewers in Philadelphia have watched Aditi anchoring morning and evening newscasts for NBC10. She has done extensive reporting on education issues, focusing on the impact of violence in urban schools along with innovative approaches to boosting achievement. Aditi also spent several months in 2011 and 2012 reporting for NBC News broadcasts from Los Angeles.
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ABC News has landed a live interview with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who has been helping NSA leaker Edward Snowden in his flight from U.S. authorities. It’s airing Sunday on This Week. … Read More »