In the wake of an executive shuffle at ABC Entertainment and Touchstone Television, ABC Inc. has tapped ESPN programming exec Richard Glover to serve as executive veep, Internet media, the company’s top Internet management post.

In his new position, effective immediately, Glover will be responsible for setting the strategy of ABC’s ventures on the Internet, working closely with Go.com, Disney and Infoseek’s new Web enterprise.

Glover will serve as the liaison between Go.com management and ABC television executives.

He will report directly to Robert Iger, ABC Group chairman and prexy of Walt Disney Intl.

Internet emphasis

“This appointment underscores how critically important the Internet and new distribution platforms are to ABC,” Iger said. “Dick’s energy, creativity and experience will be key in continuing to develop dominant online ventures, an important priority for ABC.”

Most recently, Glover was executive veep, programming, for cable sports powerhouse ESPN. He joined ESPN in 1992 as senior veep, enterprises, where he managed ESPN’s expansion into new media including online services, pay-per-view, multimedia, out-of-home entertainment, merchandising and magazines.

Glover was also the executive in charge of the planning, development and launch of ESPN.com. The site competes with other Web sports stalwart CBSSportsline.

The Go Web

The appointment comes two weeks after Disney tapped ABC Inc. prexy Steven Bornstein to become chairman of its Buena Vista Internet Group and lead the division’s upcoming Go.com Web business.

Bornstein also became a Disney superstar by transforming ESPN into a cable sports player. He was upped to head of ABC Inc. earlier this year.

Disney has yet to fill the position left open by Patrick Naughton, head of Disney’s Go Network and Infoseek’s product chief, who was arrested Sept. 16 by the FBI on charges of soliciting sex from a minor over the ‘Net.

Infoseek said Naughton no longer works for the company.

ABC Inc.’s ‘Net ventures include ESPN.com, ABC.com, ABCNews.com, Mr. Showbiz, Wall of Sound, all services for ABC’s cable ventures, including Disney Channel and Internet properties for local TV and radio stations.

Prior to joining ESPN, Glover held executive posts with Storer Broadcasting, Westinghouse Broadcasting, the Washington Wizards NBA team and Titan Sports Inc., which operates the World Wrestling Federation.