Sandy Kenyon, one of TV-news’ longest-serving entertainment reporters, will leave New York’s WABC, which has been his home since 2005, and move into a new role as a consultant ABC’s stations group. He will exit his current role on March 31.
Kenyon is expected to serve as a resource for Debra O’Connell, president of networks and TV business operations, Disney Entertainment Television, and will report to Chad Matthews, president, ABC Owned TV Stations. He will work closely with OTV entertainment reporting teams to develop strategies aimed at enhancing coverage and reach.
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“Sandy is the gold standard when it comes to telling meaningful stories about the films, shows and talent that make The Walt Disney Company the global leader in entertainment,” said O’Connell, in a statement. “We want to harness that talent to amplify the outstanding reporting across our stations as they craft and share industry news that is of interest to our viewers.”
Kenyon has enjoyed a long career as an entertainment journalist. Before joining WABC, he was heard s every weekday morning on 1010 WINS Radio in New York. Prior to that, he was CNN’s chief entertainment correspondent in Los Angeles, where he developed his signature “Hollywood Minute” report. Kenyon began his TV career as an associate producer at WNET/Thirteen in New York. He is a graduate of Princeton University, where he co-hosted a national radio show, “Focus on Youth.”
“I am truly privileged to be presented with such a unique opportunity by Debra and Chad, who continue to transform our business through relentless innovation,” said Kenyon, in a statement. “I’ve had a front-row seat — literally! — to the biggest events and talent that have shaped the entertainment industry since my early days with CNN, and there’s no company better equipped to tell the stories behind the storytellers than Disney.”
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