ABC PR veep Wright ankles post

Robert J. Wright, a 28-year ABC veteran who for the last six years has been VP of public relations on the West Coast, will take early retirement at the end of this year.

No replacement for Wright has been named.

Pete Barrett, senior VP of public relations and affiliate marketing, assumed supervision of the publicity area when Wright’s boss, Richard J. Connelly, also opted to take early retirement in April. Barrett, who is based in New York, is expected to name a successor within the next few weeks.

Wright, 55, said he intends to travel and pursue other interests. He began his career at ABC in the West Coast mailroom in January 1965, becoming a photo clerk in the public relations department six months later. He served for four years as a unit publicist, working on such shows as “Batman” and “The Fugitive,” before becoming the web’s West Coast media contact and then, in ’73, manager of business information.

Five years later Wright became director of public relations, West Coast, seguing to PR for TV movies in ’84 and then being named VP and department head two years later.

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