A veteran television executive is headed to ABC News after a long stint at public broadcaster PBS. Adweek reports that Beth Hoppe is exiting her role as general manager of PBS to become senior VP of long-form at ABC News.
Hoppe will begin her new job next month.
“In this new role, Hoppe will oversee all of ABC News’ long-form programming, including Lincoln Square Productions, ’20/20′ and digital features,” Adweek reports. “Hoppe heads to ABC News after a 7-year stint at the public broadcaster, where in addition to being the GM, she was PBS’s chief programming executive, rolling out notable programming including Ken Burns’ ‘The Vietnam War’ and ‘The Roosevelts.’ She also partnered with the BBC to produce nature and science specials, cultivated independent movie projects, such as the Oscar-nominated film ‘Last Days in Vietnam,’ and produced history specials on the assassination of JFK and the March on Washington.”
Hoppe was recently involved with the six-part PBS docuseries “We’ll Meet Again,” reported and co-executive produced by Ann Curry.
In a memo to staffers, ABC News President James Goldston wrote: “Beth joins our long form teams at a time of great creative success and expansion. Our long form storytelling is one of the hallmarks of what makes ABC News so distinctive. Bringing together all our long form assets will position us to produce our very best creative and journalistic work in this moment of extraordinary opportunity across so many networks and platforms.”