Channing Dungey Is The First Black Person To Lead A Major Network

Channing Dungey has been named as the new president of ABC Entertainment Group making her the first black person to lead a major broadcast network.

On Wednesday, the network announced Dungey would replace outgoing president Paul Lee, who has held the position since 2010 and pushed for more diversity in the network’s programming.

Via the Huffington Post:

“Channing is a gifted leader and a proven magnet for top creative talent, with an impressive record of developing compelling, breakthrough programming that resonates with viewers,” Disney-ABC Television Group chairman Ben Sherwood said in a statement.

Dungey, previously an executive vice president responsible for ABC’s drama development, helped launch many of the network’s most popular shows, including “Scandal,” “How to Get Away with Murder,” “Once Upon a Time” and “Nashville.”

Congratulations to Channing Dungey!

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