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Channing Dungey named ABC president, first African-American to lead major network

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Channing Dungey, formerly head of drama at ABC Entertainment, has been named president of the network, making her the first-ever African American to lead a major network. She is replacing Paul Lee, who was president since 2010 and pushed for more diversity at the network, and was forced to “resign under pressure,” according to The New York Times.  “Channing is a gifted leader and a proven magnet for top creative talent, with an impressive record of developing compelling, breakthrough programming,” Ben Sherwood, president of the Disney-ABC Television Group, said in a statement.

Dungey has been responsible for the development of many of the network’s most popular shows, including Scandal, How To Get Away With Murder, and Nashville. The 46-year old executive says she was “thrilled and humbled,” adding that Lee was “a valued mentor and friend.”

Read the full story at The New York Times.

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