Hearst TV CEO, ABC News president to headline colloquium

Nov. 01, 2013 @ 05:32 PM

Hearst Television chairman and CEO David Barrett and ABC News president Ben Sherwood will headline the Wade H. Hargrove Communications Law and Policy Colloquium Monday at 5:30 p.m. at the George Watts Hill Alumni Center on the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill campus.

The event is free and open to the public.

Barrett and Sherwood will discuss “The Future of Television News.” Each will make brief opening remarks and then engage in a conversation on the topic.

Barrett joined Hearst in 1984 as general manager of the company's Baltimore radio stations, later assuming general manager responsibility for the Hearst Radio Group, and then for WBAL-TV in Baltimore. He relocated to New York in 1991 as a vice president of Hearst Corporation and deputy general manager of broadcasting, with operating oversight for the company's television and radio stations.

Barrett is a member of the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame and the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Management Hall of Fame. In 2004, he was named Broadcasting & Cable Magazine's Broadcaster of the Year, and under his leadership Hearst Television has won some of the industry’s most prestigious awards for news reporting.

Sherwood is responsible for all aspects of ABC News broadcasts, including "World News with Diane Sawyer," "Nightline," "Good Morning America," "20/20" and "This Week with George Stephanopoulos." Sherwood also oversees ABC News Radio, ABCNEWS.com, satellite service NewsOne and ABC News NOW. ABC News reaches a combined audience of more than 270 million people a month on television, radio and online.

Sherwood launched his journalistic career in 1989, serving as an investigative associate producer and producer for the ABC News program "PrimeTime Live" with anchors Diane Sawyer and Sam Donaldson. In 1997, he joined NBC's "Nightly News with Tom Brokaw" as broadcast producer.

Sherwood returned to ABC News in 2004 as executive producer of "Good Morning America," guiding the show to two of its most successful seasons while overseeing prize-winning coverage of the 2004 tsunami in Southeast Asia, the devastation of Hurricane Katrina and the 2004 Presidential election. He was named president of ABC News in December 2010, and under his leadership, ABC News has received international recognition for its news and investigative reporting.

The UNC Center for Media Law and Policy will host the colloquium, named in honor of Wade Hargrove, a nationally recognized media lawyer and former chair of UNC Board of Trustees. The colloquium was established and funded by various media companies and friends of Hargrove as a forum for discussion and debate on contemporary media issues.

Hargrove was the driving force behind the creation of the UNC Center for Media Law and Policy as a national forum for legal and media scholars, government officials and industry leaders to discuss emerging issues at the intersection of media and law. The center is a collaboration of the UNC journalism and law schools.