August 21, 2012 |
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.
December 4, 2010 |
At a time when network news faces unprecedented competition for its audience, ABC News has tapped a new president who brings not only a traditional broadcast pedigree but also an eclectic background as an author and Internet entrepreneur. The network is betting that those skills can help it adjust to the Digital Age. Newly named president Ben Sherwood will succeed David Westin, who announced in September that he would step down. He assumes the helm of ABC News at a key moment: The division has been ravaged by staff cuts, must grapple with how to respond to opinionated and provocative cable rivals, and faces scores of anonymous competitors breaking news on Twitter.
December 21, 2009 |
Thursday night, retiring ABC anchor Charles Gibson was feted by colleagues in a Lincoln Center reception hall overlooking the Hudson River. Among the hundreds on hand, one person was conspicuously absent: Diane Sawyer, who succeeds him tonight on the network's flagship evening newscast, "World News." She was already on assignment, headed to Copenhagen to meet with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for an exclusive interview to kick off her tenure. It was a move that speaks volumes about her ambitions for "World News" -- a post she has long sought.
September 13, 2012 |
Beef Products Inc., a South Dakota meat company whose lean, finely textured beef product was dubbed "pink slime" this year, has sued ABC News for defamation and is seeking $1.2 billion in damages. The company, which after the controversy closed three of its four plants and laid off 700 workers, filed suit in state court in Elk Point, S.D., this week. It alleges that ABC News' coverage of the "pink slime" controversy misled consumers into believing that the product was unsafe, even though it had been approved for human consumption by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
June 7, 2011 |
Katie Couric is moving back to her comfort zone: daytime TV. The popular news personality and the Walt Disney Co.-owned ABC television network on Monday announced a comprehensive deal that includes a high-profile role for Couric beginning this summer within the ABC News division, and starting in September 2012, the launch of a syndicated daytime talk show. Couric will produce and own the talk show along with her onetime "Today" show producer, former NBCUniversal Chief Executive Jeff Zucker.
July 26, 2012 |
ABC News President Ben Sherwood said reporter Brian Ross' speculation that James Holmes, the suspect in the mass shooting in Aurora, Colo., could be linked to the tea party "did not live up to the standards and practices of ABC News. " "We put something on the air that we did not know to be true and the part that we needed to be true was not germane to the story we were covering," Sherwood told reporters at the semiannual Television Critics Assn. press tour in Beverly Hills. "This was an unfortunate mistake," he said, adding that the network was taking steps to make sure it does not happen again, although he declined to say specifically what those steps were.