August 21, 2013 |
The Disney/ABC Television Group, which includes the ABC network, local TV stations and the Disney Channel and ABC Family cable networks, is restructuring its operations, which will result in layoffs across the unit. About 175 jobs are expected to be cut through layoffs or from not filling open positions, a person familiar with the matter said. The Disney/ABC Television Group employs around 7,600 people. “As technological advances continue to alter the competitive landscape and viewer habits, it's incumbent upon us to stay ahead of the curve.
December 20, 1985 |
Howard Cosell, the outspoken sports commentator audiences love to hate, has quit ABC television after 20 years. The network announced that Cosell, 65, will continue to work on ABC's radio network, where he began in 1953 with his show, "Speaking of Sports." Roone Arledge, president of ABC News and Sports, said Cosell asked to forgo his remaining 1986 contract commitments with ABC.
February 13, 1987 |
Veteran ABC News science editor Jules Bergman, believed to be the nation's first network correspondent to hold that position full-time, was found dead in his Manhattan apartment Thursday. Police said Bergman, 57, whose body was discovered by a maid, apparently died of natural causes. An ABC network spokeswoman said an autopsy will be made to determine the cause of Bergman's death. He had undergone an operation for a brain tumor several years ago, but had returned to work, she said.
April 1, 1994
Mark Mandala said he will retire as president of the ABC Television Network effective May 1. Mandala became president in January, 1986, as part of a restructuring by parent Capital Cities/ABC. In a statement, Mandala, 56, said, "The timing was right, financially and functionally, to leave Capital Cities/ABC after nearly 32 years." In his job Mandala was in charge of such areas as affiliate relations, sales and network operations.
April 7, 1986 |
Eight years ago Gloria Monty performed emergency surgery on ABC's lackluster afternoon soap opera "General Hospital." The patient recovered. In fact, it grew into a money-making monster--not unlike Cosmopolitan magazine's resurrection a dozen years earlier under the guidance of Helen Gurley Brown.
November 13, 1985 |
ABC, fighting to avoid another third-place finish in the prime-time ratings, on Tuesday ousted Lewis H. Erlicht as president of ABC Entertainment and named Brandon Stoddard as his successor. Stoddard, 48, has been president of ABC Motion Pictures and helped develop such hit miniseries as "Roots," "The Winds of War," "The Thorn Birds" and last week's "North and South," and the highly rated TV movie "The Day After."
August 1, 1998 |
Patricia Fili-Krushel, head of ABC Daytime, has been named president of ABC Television Network, making her the first woman to head a Big Three network, ABC said. Fili-Krushel will replace Preston Padden, who was named last week as executive vice president of government relations for ABC and its parent, Walt Disney Co., and will be the chief lobbyist for the companies in Washington.
January 30, 2009 |
Walt Disney Co.'s ABC television division, pressured by a downturn in the economy that is depressing advertiser spending, said Thursday that it was trimming its workforce by 5%, becoming the latest media company to make cutbacks. The Burbank-based television group said it would eliminate 400 jobs by letting go 200 employees and leaving another 200 positions unfilled.
October 20, 1985 |
"SportsBeat," Howard Cosell's Sunday afternoon interview show, has been canceled by ABC-TV. A network spokesman said Saturday that the last SportsBeat show is scheduled for Dec. 15. The show has consistently ranked near the bottom of the sports television ratings, although it offered the only regular forum on any network for in-depth interviews. Cosell created controversy in his autobiography, "I Never Played the Game," which recently was excerpted in TV Guide.