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Posted Wednesday 6/20/18 at 6:07PM EDT
President Trump slams ABC News after it apologized for false "Manafort Pleads Guilty to 5 Charges of Manslaughter" chyron
"Look what Fake ABC News put out. I guess they had it prepared from the 13 Angry Democrats leading the Witch Hunt!" Trump tweeted hours after ABC News apologized for the Paul Manafort chyron, which was displayed during an ABC News special report for seven seconds. ABC News issued an apology to its viewers and Trump's former campaign manager: "We regret and apologize for the false lower third graphic that aired during our special report. We are investigating how incorrect information was in our system and how and why it was allowed to air. We apologize to our viewers and to Mr. Manafort. There simply is no excuse for this sort of mistake."
Posted Tuesday 6/12/18 at 1:37PM EDT
George Stephanopoulos snagged the first sit-down non-Fox News TV interview with President Trump in 13 months
The president's interview with the Good Morning America anchor in Singapore about his meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un marked the first time Trump has given an interview with a TV news outlet other than Fox News since he sat down with Lester Holt of NBC News in May of last year.
Posted Thursday 6/07/18 at 2:05PM EDT
Facebook Watch to unveil news shows from Fox News, CNN, ABC News and Anderson Cooper
A nightly show hosted by Cooper will be among the offerings for Facebook Watch users that will be fully funded by the social media network and released this summer ahead of the midterms.
Posted Tuesday 6/05/18 at 1:02PM EDT
Miss America drops swimsuit competition: "We are no longer a pageant"
“We are a competition," explained Gretchen Carlson in announcing that Miss America will no longer judge based on physical appearances. Carlson, the former Miss America who was named chair of the Miss America Organization board of trustees after the pageant's CEO resigned in scandal last December, revealed the news on Good Morning America this morning. She had promised a "tsunami" of changes at the Miss America Organization. Carlson says the swimsuit competition will be replaced by a live interactive session with the judges. “We’ve heard from a lot of young women who say, ‘We’d love to be a part of your program but we don’t want to be out there in high heels and a swimsuit,’ so guess what, you don’t have to do that anymore,” said Carlson.
Posted Wednesday 5/30/18 at 2:14PM EDT
Michael Jackson estate sues over ABC News special
The lawsuit filed today alleges that last week's ABC News The Last Days of Michael Jackson special illegally used significant excerpts of Jackson's songs and clips of documentaries belonging to the estate.
Posted Thursday 5/24/18 at 7:14PM EDT
ABC News is bringing Brian Ross back on air for the first time since his suspension
Ross received a four-week unpaid suspension for bungling a report on potential collusion between the Russians and the Trump campaign. Ross will return on Friday to present a story on 20/20.
Posted Thursday 5/24/18 at 4:10AM EDT
Former Good Morning America weatherman Spencer Christian recounted his gambling addiction that drew the FBI's attention
Christian, who was GMA's weatherman from 1986 to 1998, returned to the ABC News morning show to discuss overcoming his gambling habit with Robin Roberts.
Posted Wednesday 5/23/18 at 7:10PM EDT
Michael Jackson's estate slams ABC News' special on the late singer
Thursday's ABC News special, titled The Last Days of Michael Jackson, is a “crass and unauthorized attempt to exploit [Jackson's] life, music and image," the pop star's estate said, adding: “Imagine if this was done with any of ABC’s intellectual property." The Michael Jackson special airs on Thursday, promising new information about his June 2009 death. ABC News responded to the estate's claims with the following statement: "ABC News’ documentary explores the life, career and legacy of Michael Jackson, who remains of great interest to people worldwide. The program does not infringe on his estate’s rights, but as a courtesy, we removed a specific image from the promotional material.”
Posted Wednesday 5/23/18 at 2:17PM EDT
ABC cancels The Chew, replacing it with an afternoon edition of Good Morning America
ABC has opted to axe the daytime talk show after seven seasons and expand GMA to three hours every weekday. The show made headlines earlier this season when it fired co-host Mario Batali after he was accused of sexual misconduct by several women.
Posted Tuesday 5/15/18 at 10:53PM EDT
ABC upfronts cemented that Roseanne Barr is the face of ABC -- "an imperfect face"
Roseanne Barr was lavished with praise at Tuesday's upfronts. The Roseanne revival, ABC executives said, is the network's first No. 1 show in the key 18-49 demo in 24 years. Yet the upfronts showed that Barr is an "imperfect face" for the network, says Daniel Holloway. He notes that minutes after Barr took the stage, ABC sister network Freeform showed a sizzle reel containing Parkland high school documentary footage of shooting survivor David Hogg, whom Barr once accused of giving the Nazi salute. "With numbers rare to broadcast, ABC can’t be expected to not make Roseanne its hood ornament," says Holloway. "But the content surrounding Roseanne at the upfront laid bare what an odd fit the show is for that role. ABC spent years overtly linking its brand to inclusion with shows like Modern Family, Black-ish, Speechless, Fresh Off the Boat, and How to Get Away With Murder. Roseanne over-indexes in Midwestern states where Donald Trump performed well in 2017 and broadcast TV has struggled to connect with mass audiences. The schedule ABC touted at upfronts was short on similarly designed programs. The only new series it appears to have positioned to play well with Roseanne is Nathan Fillion cop drama The Rookie."
- Darlene’s fate in the Roseanne revival is so tragic, especially for a character once seen as a ray of hope
- ABC says one in ten Americans watched the Roseanne revival premiere
- Roseanne succeeds because it's not overtly political -- it engages people based on who they are, not how they vote
- John Goodman will be the voice of ABC News' new "Straightforward" campaign
Posted Monday 4/30/18 at 8:42PM EDT
Nightline is trying to establish itself as a brand, not just as a late-night news program
Nightline's brand will be showcased in primetime tonight with a Parkland school shooting documentary on Freeform, titled For Our Lives: Parkland. “Nightline is more than just a time slot,” says executive producer Steven Baker. “This is a brand that tells stories, no matter where it is seen.”
Posted Monday 4/23/18 at 1:18PM EDT
Amy Robach officially named new 20/20 co-anchor
Robach, who succeeds Elizabeth Vargas, will continue to report for Good Morning America.
Posted Thursday 4/19/18 at 6:51PM EDT
Freeform to air a documentary on the Parkland school shooting's aftermath
ABC's Nightline and Freeform are teaming on For Our Lives: Parkland, a documentary on the student survivors of the Feb. 14 Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School school shooting. The one-hour special airs on Freeform on April 30.
Posted Thursday 4/19/18 at 6:51PM EDT
Good Morning America launches a newsletter and a new website: GoodMorningAmerica.com
The launch of GMA's new website means it's no longer affiliated with Yahoo.
Posted Wednesday 4/18/18 at 11:16PM EDT
Why did Stephen Colbert conduct a better James Comey interview than George Stephanopoulos?
That Comey's ABC News interview was a one-hour exclusive primetime special might have played a role in it being lackluster, says James Poniewozik. "The Colbert interview with Comey was so much better than ABC's," he tweeted. "Maybe that's partly the benefit of going after all the initial headlines have come out. But it's also the diff b/w an interview that goes after ideas vs one going for bombshells."