ABC changes things on top: Channing Dungey goes down as the entertainment network president of the alphabet network, after earning that position for almost three years.
Karey Burke, current head of original programming at Freeform, will take over as ABC entertainment president, announced the network Friday. Burke will be responsible for all development, programming and scheduling of ABC Primetime and late night sets and reporting to Dana Walden when the Disney / Fox merger is complete.
“I am grateful to Channing for her significant contribution and unprecedented commitment to ABC’s success over the past 14 years,” said Disney CEO Bob Iger in a statement. “I have thoroughly had the opportunity to work with and mentor Channing; Her curiosity, passion and creativity will make sure she succeeds in the way she chooses forward. Over the past four years at Freeform and throughout his career, Karey has proven himself a talented leader with a strong history of developing unique programming. Karey’s attention to and intimate public awareness and commitment to quality will be a great complement to the creative team at ABC. “
Dungey joined ABC Studios in 2004 and worked for the name of network top entertainment actors in February 201
6, becoming the first US president of a broadcast television network. She was at the center of Roseanne controversy earlier this year and interrupted the revival of star Roseanne Barr’s racist Twitter rant.
The move means four broadcasting networks have replaced their top leaders just in the last three months, NBC’s Robert Greenblatt has gone down in September. Fox is Charlie Collier replacing Gary Newman last month, and CBS & Les Moonves fired after a series of sexual harassment.