Jon Banner takes over as EP of ‘This Week with George Stephanopoulos’

By Chris Ariens 

As George Stephanopoulos prepares a return to moderating “This Week,” the Sunday public affairs show is also getting a new Executive Producer.

Former “World News” EP Jon Banner (left), who recently moved to the role of Senior Executive Producer for division wide initiatives, has been named EP of “This Week” effective January 8, when Stephanopoulos returns. It is a return to “This Week” for Banner who led the show from 2000-2003.

Current EP Rick Kaplan (right) remains with ABC overseeing ABC’s New Hampshire debate next Saturday. Kaplan returned for his third stint at ABC in May, after a four year run as EP of the “CBS Evening News with Katie Couric.”  ABC News president Ben Sherwood calls it “a sensible time to make this move.” Kaplan will also take on other projects and continue to play a big role in ABC’s election year coverage.

Sherwood’s note to the staff, after the jump…

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.