ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey to step down
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ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey is stepping down, the company announced Friday.

Dungey, the first black executive to run the entertainment division at a major broadcast network, was hired in February 2016.

“This job has been the highlight of my career,” Dungey said in a statement. “While I’ve loved every moment, and knew I could call ABC home for many years to come, I’m excited to tackle new challenges.”

Bob Iger, Disney’s chief executive, thanked Dungey for her work with ABC.


“I’m grateful to Channing for her significant contributions and unwavering dedication to the success of ABC over the past 14 years," he said in a statement.

"I’ve thoroughly enjoyed having the opportunity to work with and mentor Channing; her curiosity, passion and creativity will ensure she is successful in whatever path she chooses going forward.”

Dungey's profile rose significantly this year after her decision to scrap the show “Roseanne” following a racist tweet by the program's star.

She will be replaced with Karey Burke, a programming executive at the youth-oriented cable network Freeform.

Dungey will stay through a transition period as Burke assumes her new role, according to the company's statement.