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June 19, 2013 | By Joe Flint
ABC News has tapped Dan Abrams to be an anchor of "Nightline. " The appointment of Abrams comes on the heels of ABC's decision to shift "Nightline" anchor Terry Moran to chief foreign correspondent for the network's news unit. Moran will be based in London. Abrams has been at ABC News since 2011. A lawyer, he has provided analysis of high-profile trials for the network, mostly on its morning show "Good Morning America. " ABC News President Ben Sherwood said Abrams would continue to appear there and have his own regular segment on the show.
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April 10, 2014 | By Meg James
ABC News has a new accent. James Goldston, a veteran producer who began his career at the BBC in his native Britain, on Thursday was named president of ABC News. The move completed an executive shuffle that began a month ago when Anne Sweeney , president of the Disney/ABC Television Group, said she would leave the company early next year. Goldston, 45, replaces Ben Sherwood, who was named Sweeney's replacement as president of the company's Burbank-based entertainment channels, including ABC, ABC Family and the Disney Channel.
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August 21, 2012 | By Joe Flint
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.
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March 30, 2014 | By Saba Hamedy
Josh Elliott is leaving "Good Morning America" and being replaced in the news anchor chair by Amy Robach, ABC News President Ben Sherwood announced Sunday in a memo to his staff. "As many of you know, we have been negotiating with Josh these past several months," Sherwood wrote in the email. "In good faith, we worked hard to close a significant gap between our generous offer and his expectations. In the end, Josh felt he deserved a different deal and so he chose a new path. " Elliott is joining NBC Sports.
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November 22, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
ABC News' Amy Robach, who discovered she had breast cancer after undergoing what she thought was a routine mammogram for a piece she was filming for "Good Morning America," said she is on the mend and plans to return to work in a couple of weeks. On Friday, Robach sent an e-mail to her colleagues at ABC News, thanking them for their support and offering an update on her health that was positive, though with a chilling development. Since her diagnosis, Robach chose an aggressive treatment, which included a bilateral mastectomy.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 4, 2010 | Melissa Maerz and Dawn C. Chmielewski, Los Angeles Times
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 22, 2013 | By Scott Collins
Well, that was fast. Katie Couric is on the move again - and her daily talk show is evidently headed for the skids.  The veteran newswoman is about to join Yahoo in an "extensive deal," according to the Hollywood Reporter. Details weren't reported, but Couric already repurposes bits from her talk show for a feature on Yahoo News.  The latest development will likely mean curtains for her talk show, "Katie," which has struggled in the ratings over the last two seasons. It's also the end of Couric's ties to ABC News.
BUSINESS
September 13, 2012 | By Ricardo Lopez, Los Angeles Times
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.
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October 11, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder, This post has been updated, as indicated below
Bill Weir, the co-host of "Nightline," is leaving for " another opportunity in the news business," said ABC News' president Ben Sherwood on Friday.  He did not say where Weir is going. Weir, who has co-hosted "Nightline" since 2010, said on his Twitter account that he would be saying "goodbye" on Friday night's program.  ON LOCATION: Where the cameras roll Sherwood said that "Good Morning America" co-anchor Dan Harris will take over Weir's "Nightline" hosting duties, effective immediately.
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June 7, 2011 | By Meg James, Los Angeles Times
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.
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March 25, 2014 | By Joe Flint
Ben Sherwood has the kind of resume that could make even a high achiever jealous. A Harvard graduate and a Rhodes scholar, Sherwood has been a reporter, producer, author and executive. On Monday, Sherwood added the title chairman to his curriculum vitae when Walt Disney Co.  elevated him from president of ABC News to co-chairman of Disney Media Networks and president of the Disney/ABC Television Group. He will succeed Anne Sweeney, who is stepping down to try her hand at directing television.
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March 25, 2014 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before buying another power cord for my laptop. The Skinny: My cat Skinny, for whom the Skinny is named, chewed through yet another power cord for my Mac. It's what he does best. He doesn't try to chew the lamp cords or even my phone charger, just the Mac power cords. Then he hides because he knows he's done something wrong. Today's recap includes stories on Ben Sherwood's big promotion at Disney. Also, Disney buys Maker Studios and our TV Critic Mary McNamara wonders if "The Good Wife" made a bad move by offing a major character.
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March 13, 2014 | By Joe Flint
Help Wanted: Walt Disney Co. seeks executive with experience in both broadcast and cable television. Must embrace new technologies, display keen programming instincts and be deft at corporate politics. Internal candidates welcome. The impending departure of Anne Sweeney from her role as president of the Disney/ABC Television Group and co-chair of Disney Media Networks will leave a large hole at the media giant. Besides overseeing the ABC broadcast network and its local stations, Sweeney is responsible for key cable properties including the Disney Channel and ABC Family both in the U.S. and abroad.
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March 11, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
President Barack Obama's appearance on Zach Galifianakis' Funny or Die Web series "Between Two Ferns" is the viral video of the day, but while your friends on Facebook may be laughing, not everyone is into the joke. Especially those on the White House press beat. During the daily briefing with White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, ABC News' Jim Avila questioned whether the appearance had damaged the "dignity" of the office of the president. According to the political website Talking Points Memo , Avila asked, "How much discussion was there in the White House about the dignity of the office and whether or not, in order to reach these people who don't watch us at 6:30, or who don't watch this briefing.
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February 21, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Garrick Utley, the longtime TV newsman who worked for NBC News, ABC News and CNN in his 50-year career, has died at age 74. Utley died after a long battle with cancer, according to the Associated Press, which first reported his death on Friday. He worked for NBC News for three decades, beginning as a researcher for "The Huntley-Brinkley Report" and then correspondent reporting on the Vietnam War. Later, he anchored the Sunday edition of the "NBC Nightly News," the Saturday edition of "Today" and moderated "Meet the Press" from 1989 to 1991.
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February 21, 2014
Garrick Utley, 74, a veteran TV journalist whose far-ranging career included anchoring duties as well as reporting from more than 70 countries, died of cancer Thursday in New York. NBC announced his death Friday morning. Utley began at NBC News in 1963, and for three decades handled a wide variety of assignments. Early on, he reported from Vietnam on the escalating conflict. In later years, he moderated "Meet the Press. " In between, Utley anchored "Weekend Today" and the Sunday "Nightly News," as well as two newsmagazines in different decades, under four titles.
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July 26, 2012 | By Joe Flint
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.
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January 16, 2014 | By August Brown
Country star Trace Adkins has entered rehab after an alleged confrontation with a Trace Adkins impersonator aboard a cruise ship, according to reports. According to ABC News  and other outlets, the 52-year-old singer was aboard the Norwegian Pearl, headlining a seven-day country-themed concert cruise with fellow stars Montgomery Gentry and Wynona Judd. On Monday, in a bar on the ship, he overheard an Adkins impersonator performing karaoke to one of his singles, and a fight broke out, according to TMZ . A representative for Adkins confirmed to ABC News that the singer had disembarked the ship on docking in Jamaica and that he had immediately re-entered rehab.
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January 9, 2014 | Hector Tobar
Adolf Hitler's “Mein Kampf” has quietly become an e-book bestseller, climbing high on the charts of political books on Apple's iTunes and Amazon's Kindle, even as print sales of the 1925 anti-Semitic screed continue to languish. “' Mein Kampf" hasn't made the New York Times' nonfiction chart since its U.S. release in 1939, the same year Germany invaded Poland, and its print sales have fallen steadily ever since,” Chris Faraone wrote for the website Vocativ . “But with a flood of new e-book editions, Hitler's notorious memoir just clocked a banner digital year.” Two different digital versions of “Mein Kampf” currently rank third and fourth on the Politics & Current Events on iBooks, outpacing books by modern-day conservative pundits and celebrities such as Sarah Palin, Charles Krauthammer and Glenn Beck.
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