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ABC News executive Jon Banner switches to Pepsi

August 21, 2012|By Joe Flint
  • Jon Banner is leaving ABC News for PepsiCo.
Jon Banner is leaving ABC News for PepsiCo. (ABC News )

A top producer at ABC News has decided to join the Pepsi generation.

Jon Banner, who has spent more than 25 years at ABC News and played a key role in the network's coverage of the world,  is getting out of journalism to become a senior vice president of global strategy and planning at the food and soft drink giant PepisCo Inc. 

During his tenure at ABC News, Banner won 15 Emmys. He was the longtime executive producer of ABC's "World News Tonight" and more recently oversaw the Sunday news program "This Week" and played a big part in the network's overall political coverage.

ABC News President Ben Sherwood said senior executive producer Marc Burnstein will take over "This Week" and "captain our political coverage."

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