ESPN’s Tony ‘Stat Boy’ Reali Snags GMA Gig (VIDEO)


He may have started his career as "Stat Boy", but Tony Reali is moving on up in the realm of broadcast journalism. The Pardon The Interruption and Around The Horn personality has been tapped to cover social media for juggernaut ABC chatfest Good Morning America

Reali's new four-year deal with The Mouse House also has him continuing on as host of ATH on ESPN. Check out Reali's ESPN debut 13 years ago, after the jump!

 

Barbara Walters to Last Air on The View May 16


Barbara Walters won't be asking morning TV watchers to take a little time and enjoy The View after May 16. ABC News announced that day as Walters’ last on the talk show.

In addition to the week-long send-off The View is giving Walters, the legendary broadcast journalist will be the subject of a two-hour primetime special focusing on her career and life. To cement Walters' place in history, the New York City headquarters of ABC News will be renamed in her honor later this spring.

Said Disney head honcho Bob Iger:

She's a dear friend and colleague as well as someone I deeply admire, and it's impossible to fully convey her impact and influence on television. She broke barriers, defied convention, made history and set the standard for journalistic excellence for more than 50 years. It's hard to imagine television without her.

Does Katie Couric Want to Split From ABC News Early?



Some TV marriages aren't made to last and it looks like ABC News and Katie Couric's love affair is on the rocks. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Couric is negotiating with ABC News to exit her three-year contract early, as she is being courted by Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer.

Meanwhile, the fate of Couric's ABC syndicated talk show Katie remains up in the air. Reportedly, executives are waiting for November sweeps ratings to come in and will likely decide Katie's fate in December.

ABC Journalists Report From Aftermath of Oklahoma Tornado on Katie (VIDEO)

 


Katie Couric invited fellow ABC News journalists David Muir, Ginger Zee and Mike Boettcher to report from ground zero of the devastating tornado that hit Moore, Oklahoma on Monday. At last total, 24 people—many of them elementary school children—are known to have perished during the natural disaster. Watch the video from Katie's coverage of the catastrophic Oklahoma tornado after the jump.

ABC Denies Barbara Walters is Retiring Next Year


Sorry kids, it looks as though Barbara Walters was trying her comedy routine out on President Barack Obama. TMZ reports the veteran journalist is not headed for retirement, despite her statement when interviewing the President. Senior Vice President of ABC News Jeff Schneider told the site:

Barbara has joked that she is retiring every year since the Clinton Administration. Anyone who just did a day trip to Syria, 90-minute prime time special and an interview with the President and First Lady hardly sounds like someone retiring from anything.


Did Babs pull an okey doke on Obama to snag an interview? When TMZ asked Schneider if Walters exaggerated in order to do so, he laughed and stated: