Friedman steps down as ABC News exec VP

Exec wants to teach, work on side projects

Paul Friedman is ankling his post as ABC News executive veepee and will become a senior news consultant at the net.

In a memo to staffers, the 57-year-old Alphabet vet said he also will take more time out to teach at the university level and to take on journalistic side projects.

“I became more convinced than ever that after 35 years in this business, my interests were in news and production, not management,” he said.

Seen by many as a champion of the hard-news approach to coverage and less amenable to the net’s magazine shows, Friedman oversaw programming and newsgathering for “World News Tonight” as well as “World News” spinoffs.

He also spearheaded national and foreign news desks, as well as domestic and international bureaus.

The 21-year ABC veteran will still produce major special-events coverage for the net and will help train younger journalists.

ABC News hasn’t named his successor.

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