Bistany sr. VP for ABC News

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NEW YORK — Joanna Bistany has been upped to senior VP at ABC News.

In her new position, announced Friday, Bistany will serve as the news division’s main day-to-day liaison with ABC Entertainment and the web’s parent, Walt Disney Co. She’ll also be in charge of series and specials scheduling, broadcast continuity and quantitative research, as well as coordination between various ABC News broadcasts.

Since 1986, Bistany had been the ABC News VP in charge of advertising and promotion. She also oversaw “This Week” and “Nightline.” Bistany joined ABC News in 1983 as director of news information, coming to the web from the White House, where she served as deputy White House communications director.

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