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ABC News names James Goldston president

(Reuters) - ABC News on Thursday appointed James Goldston as president, succeeding Ben Sherwood, who was named co-chairman of Disney Media Networks and president of Disney/ABC Television Group. Goldston is currently the senior vice president responsible for content and development at ABC News and has worked closely with Sherwood over the past three years.

James Goldston promoted to new president of ABC News

NEW YORK, N.Y. - James Goldston, who was ABC News President Ben Sherwood's top deputy, has been appointed to succeed him as head of the television news organization. Sherwood is heading to California, recently promoted to co-president of the Disney/ABC Television Group.

Column: Move over Bezos, ESPN can do news better than you

By Jack Shafer The pompous slogan, "The Worldwide Leader in Sports," actually undersells ESPN's ultimate potential.

ABC's comic book franchise 'Marvel's Agents' gets off to strong start in ratings

NEW YORK, N.Y. - The action franchise "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." is off to a fast start for ABC. "Lucky 7" is not so lucky. Marvel's was seen by 12.2 million people in its series debut on Tuesday, the Nielsen company said. More importantly for ABC, it had the best ratings of any new broadcast drama in four years on all of broadcast television among the 18-to-49-year-old demographic that executives consider most important.

U.S. court denies ABC request to halt sales of Dish's 'Hopper'

By Erin Geiger Smith (Reuters) - A Manhattan federal judge on Wednesday denied a request by Walt Disney Co's ABC unit to stop Dish Network Corp from selling devices that let viewers skip commercials when watching primetime broadcast shows. ABC had claimed that allowing Dish's Hopper system to remain on the market while a lawsuit between the two goes forward would cause ABC irreparable harm by threatening its ability to generate advertising revenue and disrupting its exclusive rights to control its programming.

A list of the top 20 prime-time programs in the Nielsen ratings for Aug. 5-11

Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for Aug. 5-11. Listings include the week's ranking and viewership. 1. "Under the Dome," CBS, 10.42 million. 2. "America's Got Talent" (Wednesday, 9 p.m.), NBC, 10.26 million. 3. "America's Got Talent" (Tuesday), NBC, 9.39 million. 4. "The Bachelorette," ABC, 8.94 million. 5. "60 Minutes," CBS, 8.62 million. 6. "The Bachelorette: After the Rose," ABC, 8.31 million. 7. "NCIS," CBS, 7.96 million. 8. "Big Brother 15" (Sunday), CBS, 7.14 million. 9. "Unforgettable," CBS, 6.88 million.

A list of the top 20 prime-time programs in the Nielsen ratings for July 15-21

Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for July 15-21. Listings include the week's ranking and viewership. 1. "America's Got Talent" (Wednesday, 9 p.m.), NBC, 11.18 million. 2. "Under the Dome," CBS, 11.13 million. 3. Baseball: All-Star Game, Fox, 10.96 million. 4. "America's Got Talent" (Tuesday), NBC, 10.06 million. 5. "NCIS," CBS, 8.76 million. 6. Movie: "Teen Beach Movie," Disney, 8.39 million. 7. "60 Minutes," CBS, 7.79 million. 8. "America's Got Talent" (Wednesday, 8 p.m.), NBC, 7.65 million.

NHL: Season to open October 1 with new divisions

The National Hockey League will open its 2013-14 season October 1 with new divisions and a revamped schedule that has all 30 teams hosting each rival at least once. The league announced the 1,230-game lineup only an hour after revealing an agreement to send players to the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, which will require the NHL to shut down next year from February 9-25. Teams will be divided into four divisions this season rather than six, a new alignment agreed upon after the settlement of a money dispute between owners and players last January.

WatchABC now in LA, Chicago, SF, Raleigh for pay TV subscribers; free trial ends in NY, Philly

BURBANK, Calif. - Disney faces one of the first big tests of its WatchABC app on Monday, as customers who had enjoyed free live viewing of local ABC stations in New York and Philadelphia on mobile devices will now need to show they are pay TV subscribers. The app also launches Monday in four new markets, where use will likewise be limited to pay TV subscribers: Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco and Raleigh-Durham, N.C.

Jonathan Greenberger returns to 'This Week With George Stephanopoulos' as Executive Broadcast Producer

By Sara Morrison LOS ANGELES ( - Jonathan Greenberger is returning to ABC's "This Week with George Stephanopoulos" as its executive broadcast producer, the network announced Tuesday. Greenberger last served as the show's senior producer as well as "virtually every other position on the program," ABC News president Ben Sherwood said in a note to the news division.
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