Morning Media Newsfeed: Sweeney’s Successor | Weiner to Pen Column at BI | Bartiromo Given FNC Show

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Disney Names Ben Sherwood as Anne Sweeney’s Successor (THR)
ABC News president Ben Sherwood has been named Anne Sweeney’s successor as co-chairman of Disney Media Networks and president of Disney/ABC Television Group. He’ll officially take over the role on Feb. 1, 2015. TVNewser Sherwood will begin the transition immediately and take on the role of co-president of Disney/ABC while also overseeing ABC News until his successor is named. Variety Sherwood was a front-runner for the job ever since Sweeney shocked industry on March 11 when she announced she was resigning as of January 2015 to pursue a career as a television director. Sherwood steered the rise of Good Morning America and brokered deals like ABC News’ partnership with Yahoo!. He will also serve as co-chairman of Disney Media Networks alongside ESPN’s John Skipper. NYT Among Sherwood’s first decisions — with oversight from Disney chairman Bob Iger and Sweeney — will be the choice of his own successor in the news division. “We have a deep bench of leaders at ABC News,” he said. The standout candidate for that job is James Goldston, the senior vice president of ABC News who has been instrumental first in the revival of the late-night program Nightline and then in the rise of GMAWSJ Sherwood was named president of ABC News in December 2010. He is responsible for all aspects of ABC News’ broadcasts. In addition, Sherwood oversees ABC News Radio,, satellite service NewsOne and ABC News Now. ABC News reaches a combined audience of well over 270 million people a month on television, on radio and online, and is enjoying significant audience growth driven by a creative renaissance and innovative deal-making. In addition, during Sherwood’s tenure, the news division has won the most prestigious honors in the industry.

Meet Business Insider’s Newest Political Columnist — Anthony Weiner (Business Insider)
Business Insider announced Monday that former New York City mayoral candidate and congressman Anthony Weiner will be contributing a new monthly column to its politics page. The new column, which will be titled “Weiner!,” will run on the last Friday of each month beginning this week. FishbowlNY In the announcement, Business Insider proclaimed that it was “very pleased” that Weiner would be penning the column. The statement read, “We believe the unique combination of brashness and wonkiness that made Weiner one of last year’s most memorable candidates and one of the most high-profile advocates for health care reform during his time in Congress will make him a perfect fit” for the website. The Washington Times The Democrat resigned from Congress in 2011 after he admitted to exchanging sexually explicit messages with several women who weren’t his wife. A second sexting scandal arose when he entered politics again last summer to run for New York City mayor. Mediaite In a Facebook post at the end of last year, Weiner intimated at 2014 plans that included his thoughts on progressives needing to stop coming “to knife fights carrying library books.”

Maria Bartiromo Launching New Show on Fox News Channel (Fox News / Fox 411)
Maria Bartiromo is joining Fox News’ Sunday morning lineup with a new business show. Sunday Morning Futures With Maria Bartiromo will premiere on March 30 at 10 a.m. ET. TVNewser Bartiromo will interview business leaders and newsmakers on economic topics like job creation and investment opportunities, with the goal of preparing viewers for their financial future. She suggested that the new show will fill a void on Sunday mornings, adding business figures to the political pundit mix. LA Times / Company Town As part of the multimillion-dollar deal to woo Bartiromo to Fox News, the network offered her a Monday-Friday stock market show on the Fox Business Network and the upcoming hour-long Sunday business program on Fox News Channel. Fox on Monday said that her new show will replace America’s News HQ Weekend. The latter program runs at various times throughout the weekend. Deadline Hollywood Bartiromo will continue as Fox Business Network’s global markets editor and anchor Opening Bell With Maria Bartiromo. Last November, Bartiromo, whose contract with CNBC expired that month, announced she was jumping to FBN, reuniting her with Roger Ailes, who was running CNBC when she joined; she’d been on-air with CNBC since 1993, anchoring Closing Bell and hosting On The Money With Maria Bartiromo. Before that, she did a stint as a producer, writer and assignment editor at CNN.