Former ABC exec will oversee new projects

Satcaster LinkTV, which made headlines earlier this year for hosting content from Al Jazeera during the Arab Spring revolutions, has a new CEO. Former ABC News exec Paul Mason will serve as prexy and chief exec, overseeing the company’s daily operations and its strategy for the coming years.

Mason will preside over several new projects at Link, including Link News, a new online news platform, and ViewChange.org (funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which also has ties to ABC News), which will connect docus about poverty with social activities designed to alleviate it. Also upcoming are Asia-based news service LinkAsia and the Stateside bow of Danish drama series “Borgen” (“Government”), from the producers of “The Killing.”

Mason served as senior VP and executive-in-charge over Alphabet newscasts including “Nightline” and “This Week With George Stephanopoulos” and ABC News Radio. He also directed political coverage for the net and served as exec producer for “World News” on weekends. He has 14 Emmy noms and a win, as well as Peabody shared with the rest of the ABC newsdesk for its 9/11 coverage.

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