Consolidating its broadcasting assets under one division, Walt Disney Co. promoted Robert Callahan to president of the newly created ABC Broadcast Group. In addition to overseeing ABC's television and radio stations, as he has for nearly two years, Callahan will be responsible for the No. 1-ranked TV network.
Callahan's promotion probably eliminates the need to fill two top positions at ABC Inc., sources said, noting that former chairman Robert Iger, who became president of Disney in January, and Steve Bornstein, who left as president to take over Disney's Go Network Internet group, were not replaced.
The sources said ABC Inc. is all but dissolved, its pieces absorbed into Disney.
Callahan's group will be the third-most-profitable Disney unit, after theme parks and ESPN. The group, along with other ABC Inc. divisions, will report to Iger.
Callahan, 48, also will be responsible for the ABC news, entertainment, sports, daytime and late-night divisions, as well as affiliate relations and network sales and marketing.