Banner exits ‘World News,’ stays at ABC

As senior exec producer, he'll guide division-wide initiatives

Longtime “World News” producer Jon Banner is leaving the program for a new post at ABC News. Effective Monday, Banner will become senior exec producer, making him responsible for division-wide initiatives. He’ll report to Ben Sherwood, the Alphabet’s news division topper.

Sherwood is upping Michael Corn from senior producer to exec producer, taking over for Banner. “As senior producer of the broadcast, Michael has helped lead our coverage of breaking news events around the world, from the West Virginia mine disaster to the Gulf oil spill to all of the historic events this year,” Sherwood said in an internal memo.

Banner ran the program during a decade that saw four anchor changes. When Diane Sawyer came to the program from “Good Morning America” in 2009, she brought Corn with her, but Banner stayed in the top spot for another two years.

With this appointment, all three network newscasts have tapped new talent in their head producer positions over the last four months.

Patricia Shevlin took over as exec producer of “CBS Evening News” when Scott Pelley took over for Katie Couric, succeeding Rick Kaplan; and Patrick Burkey landed Bob Epstein’s spot as exec producer of “NBC Nightly News” when the former was promoted.