ABC Head Out

ABC programming executive Jamie Tarses, whose three-year tenure had a rocky start and was subsequently marked by declining ratings, has resigned, the network said Thursday. Tarses was the first woman to serve as programming president at one of the three major broadcast networks. “The sweeping changes in the entertainment industry dictated necessary, competitive changes at ABC, and I feel that the time is right to move on,” Tarses said in a statement. Questions had circulated about her position ever since she joined ABC in 1996, but speculation (about her ability to work with others, in particular) intensified after a recent reorganization in which parent company Walt Disney Co. merged the network and its TV production operations into one unit.

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