Legendary news producer Rick Kaplan, who returned to ABC to work with Christiane Amanpour when she was named the host of the network’s flagship Sunday morning news program "This Week," will follow her in leaving the program.
He will continue working with ABC News, however.
Kaplan will be replaced as Executive Producer of "This Week" by Jon Banner. For Banner, this is a return to the show. He and "This Week" host George Stephanopoulos have a history of working together.
Here’s the note ABC News President Ben Sherwood sent ABC staffers on Friday morning Dec. 30, 2011, about the changes:
I’m writing with news about "This Week."
I’ve asked Jon Banner to expand his duties as Senior Executive Producer for division wide initiatives and become Executive Producer of This Week, effective 1/8.
I’m very grateful to Jon for stepping into this important role in a pivotal election year.
Jon and George have a long history working together. They share an editorial vision for the broadcast and when they teamed up last they steadily expanded the program’s audience.
As partners again, I am confident they will produce excellent results.
At this moment of change, I want to thank Rick Kaplan for his leadership on "This Week" over the past eight months. Rick returned to ABC to work closely with Christiane and, as we transition anchors, it’s a sensible time to make this move.
On Saturday 1/7, Rick will again take the lead on ABC’s New Hampshire debate. Working with so many of you in Iowa a few weeks ago, Rick expertly orchestrated the number one GOP debate of the year. The timing of next weekend’s showdown comes at an even more crucial moment.
Beyond these debates, Rick will take on other big projects and continue to offer a critical voice in our news and election coverage. All of us benefit from Rick’s vast knowledge, legendary showmanship and incisive news judgment.
Please join me in thanking Rick and wishing George and Jon much success.