A key player at ABC News is headed out the door after a botched report. The New York Post’s Page Six reports that chief investigative correspondent Brian Ross, who was suspended by the network last year, is leaving the network.
Ross was suspended last December over a report on ousted White House national security adviser Michael Flynn, and had a month off without pay, the report notes.
The ABC story “reported President Trump directed Flynn to make contact with Russian officials,” The Post reports. “The mistake even sent stocks tumbling, and ABC issued an apology saying: ‘We deeply regret and apologize for the serious error.’”
The Post adds: “We hear that Ross on Monday announced he’s leaving the network. His longtime executive producer Rhonda Schwartz is also exiting. ‘The time has come to say goodbye,’ said the duo in a letter to staff with an announcement by ABC News President James Goldston.”
The message from Ross and Schwartz reportedly added: “After a great run of 24 years, we have decided to pack up and move on from ABC News, an organization that has meant so much to us. We leave with enormous gratitude for all those who supported us and helped build the industry’s most robust and honored investigative unit. While we are signing off from ABC News, we are hardly leaving investigative journalism. There is much more to do.”
The Post report notes: “When Ross returned from his suspension, he kept the same title, but moved to another unit of ABC, Lincoln Square Productions, with offices blocks from the news division, to work on ‘long-term projects,’ plus ’20/20′ and ‘Nightline.’”