Julie Townsend, Longtime Head of ABC News Communications, to Depart

Julie Townsend, longtime head of communications for ABC News, will leave the Disney unit as it prepares to welcome a new president.

Townsend, a VP who has supervised outreach on behalf of flagship news programs ranging from “Good Morning America” to “World News Tonight,” will leave May 14 “to lead global consumer communications at an iconic American company” that she said in a memo to staffers would be revealed at a later date.

“This was not an easy decision to make, especially knowing a new president of ABC News will start in a few weeks,” she said in a memo reviewed Monday. “But one of the things I’ve loved about working in news is the opportunity to learn new things – and now, after the last decade at ABC News and 14 at the company overall, I have the chance to learn a whole new business in an entirely different industry.  It was simply too good and fascinating an opportunity to pass up.”

ABC News is a division in transition, with a new president, former CBS News executive Kim Godwin, expected to take its reins in May.

More to come….

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