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Channing Dungey, First Black Woman to Lead a Major Network, Steps Down From ABC

11/19/2018 12:00 AM EST by WBLS Staff

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ABC announced that president Channing Dungey will resign from her position. She is the first Black executive to run a major network. She was hired in 2016, but has been working for the network for 14 years.

She said in a statement, “This job has been the highlight of my career. While I’ve loved every moment, and knew I could call ABC home for many years to come, I’m excited to tackle new challenges. I’m incredibly proud of what the team and I have accomplished over the years, and all the meaningful and impactful programming we’ve developed.”

Bob Iger, Disney’s chief executive is grateful to Dungey for her work at ABC over the years. “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed having the opportunity to work with and mentor Channing; her curiosity, passion and creativity will ensure she is successful in whatever path she chooses going forward.”

If you can remember, Dungey is responsible for getting Roseanne fired after she made her racist remarks via twitter.

She will be replaced by a Karey Burke, who is a program director at Freeform, ABC’s sister station.

Wishing her luck on her continued journey.