Exit Interview by David WestinWhen David Westin became president of ABC News in March 1997, the division was treading water. It looked like all the really important news was behind us, he writes. Hardly. For the next thirteen years, Westin would preside over ABC News during some of the most important and perplexing events in its history:
• President Clintons impeachment
• The tied 2000 presidential election
• The 9/11 attacks
• Conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan
• The swift boat smear campaign against Senator John Kerry
Exit Interview is a behind-the-scenes look at Westins tenure and the major news that marked it. He takes us inside the chaos of the newsroom--alongside major players such as Peter Jennings, Barbara Walters, Diane Sawyer, and Bob Woodruff--where what looks clear and certain from the outside is often mired in conflict and urgency. Neither an apologia nor a critique, the book charts the ups and downs of fourteen formative years in network news, addressing basic questions about how our news is reported, from the point of view of someone who was there. With milestones from the recent past, Westin explores the uncertainty inherent in his job, and its central question: Is it possible for journalists to be both good at their jobs and people of good moral character?
In Memoir, Former ABC News President David Westin Recalls Iraq Regret, ABC Layoffs
And, yes, in a way that absolutely costs less. There will be less layers, less people touching a piece. Affected by some of the same forces, CBS began layoffs earlier this month, and NBC has gone through several rounds of reductions in recent years. Tens of thousands of journalists have lost jobs since , according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. And communities have lost journalism. Networks provide content for local affiliates, those owned by the networks and those owned independently.
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Previously he was an anchor on Bloomberg GO which Daybreak replaced. He has anchored for Bloomberg since From to , he was principal of Witherbee Holdings, LLC, advising and investing in media companies. Murrow Awards. On September 6, , Westin announced he would retire from ABC, but would remain until the end of the year to give the company time to find a replacement.
In an e-mail that Mr. One staff member informed before the release of the e-mail said that the decision was also related to a long-running conflict between Mr. Westin, 58, did not respond to a request for comment. In his e-mail, Mr. Westin for years to make the division more profitable, but had been unhappy with his efforts to accomplish that goal. ABC announced in February that it would reduce its staff by up to employees, about 25 percent of its work force. But one senior ABC executive said the two issues were separate and financial pressures over news costs had not been a factor in Mr.