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Dec032010

Former 'GMA,' 'Primetime' Producer Tapped to Lead ABC News

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(NEW YORK) -- In a packed ABC News studio, incoming network president Ben Sherwood vowed to "work his heart out" to propel the news division to success.

"This is the greatest building in all of television, and the people who work here are the best in television," said Sherwood, who noted that it was "emotional" to walk into the ABC News headquarters this morning for the first time in years.

The audience that gathered to welcome Sherwood back to ABC News -- most recently he served as the executive producer of Good Morning America from 2004 to 2006 -- included World News anchor Diane Sawyer, Barbara Walters, and outgoing president David Westin.

Sherwood first joined ABC News in 1989 as an associate producer and producer for PrimeTime and later led Good Morning America to its two most successful seasons. Sherwood has also worked at NBC's Nightly News and has published two best-selling novels.

ABC News Digital will be of the utmost importance in this mission, according to Sherwood.

"Digital is everything, it's essential," he said. "I'm going to challenge our digital team to think really big thoughts."

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