ABC Ups O’Brian to Senior VP for News
The restructuring at ABC News continues with the promotion of veteran Kate O’Brian to senior VP for news. In her new position, Ms. O’Brian will oversee newsgathering, the Washington bureau, NewsOne, ABC News Radio and affiliate relations.
Ms. O’Brian, most recently vice president of the NewsOne affiliate service, has been working on a universal newsgathering operation to pare down redundancy.
She started with ABC News as a desk assistant to David Brinkley.
“She is a strong leader and manager,” ABC News President David Westin said in an internal memo Thursday.
He also said a new position of executive editor will report to Ms. O’Brian, with direct oversight of all newsgathering and the assignment of correspondents and crews.
The O’Brian appointment sends Mimi Gurbst to a new post as senior producer of “World News with Charles Gibson,” with responsibility for futures and features.
“Mimi has done a superb job of leading our news coverage for 14 years, supervising and developing the best group of bureau correspondents and producers anywhere,” Mr. Westin wrote. “Charlie, Jon [Banner] and their team have taken a first-rate broadcast to No. 1 in short order. By bringing Mimi’s strong editorial instincts to the fine journalists already at ‘World News,’ we are adding strength to strength.”
The moves follow by a few weeks the hiring of WABC-TV President and General Manager Dave Davis as executive VP of ABC News and a broad shuffle of duties among news division veterans.