CBS’ Byron Pitts Jumps to ABC News
Morgan Hertzan joining to lead net’s non-fiction content development business
By Andrea Morabito — Broadcasting & Cable, 4/1/2013
Byron Pitts is joining ABC News as an anchor and chief national correspondent based in New York, ABC News president Ben Sherwood announced Monday.
Pitts spent the last 15 years at CBS News reporting for 60 Minutes and covering events like the presidential campaigns and conventions, the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, Indonesian tsunami and Hurricane Katrina and the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
“An accomplished reporter and brilliant storyteller, Byron has a unique talent for stories about people and communities facing the longest odds,” Sherwood said in a memo to staff.
Pitts starts at ABC News in a few weeks and will file for all of its platforms.
Sherwood also announced the hire of Morgan Hertzan as vice president and executive in charge of ABC News’ nonfiction content development business in cable, broadcast and digital, reporting to James Goldston, senior VP of content and development.
Hertzan was most recently co-president of Plum TV. Prior to that he served as senior VP at NBC Local Media and general manager of LX.TV, as well as spent many years at MTV where he launched the 24-hour college cable network mtvU.