Beth Hoppe leaving PBS for ABC News post

Beth Hoppe, chief programming executive and GM of general audience programming at PBS, is leaving the post in March to join ABC News as senior vice president for long form ...
February 9, 2018

Beth Hoppe, chief programming executive and GM of general audience programming at PBS, is leaving the post in March to join ABC News as senior vice president for long form programming.

Hoppe, who spoke at the Realscreen Summit last week, will oversee such ABC News properties as Lincoln Square Productions, work under the 20/20 banner, and digital features.

The announcement was first made to ABC News staff today (February 9) by James Goldston, ABC News president.

See Goldston’s memo below:


I am delighted to welcome Beth Hoppe to ABC News in a new role as Senior Vice President for Long Form beginning in March. Beth will oversee all our long form programming, including Lincoln Square Productions, 20/20 and digital features.

She is a brilliant producer and exceptional storyteller, who has led PBS to new creative heights and commercial success in the last seven years and most recently as Chief Programming Executive and General Manager.

Her achievements are impressive.

She oversaw the strategy and roll out of Ken Burns’ The Vietnam War and The Roosevelts, created the acclaimed drama Mercy Street, partnered with the BBC to produce nature and science specials, cultivated independent movie projects, such as the Oscar-nominated film Last Days in Vietnam, and produced history specials on the assassination of JFK and The March on Washington.

PBS grew from the 12th to the 6th most-watched network in America during her successful tenure.

In 2016 and 2017, her leadership propelled the network to more News and Documentary Emmy Award wins than any other network.

Prior to her time at PBS, Beth was Executive Producer at Discovery Networks and President and CEO of Optomen Productions, which produced programming for Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, Travel Channel, PBS and The Food Network. She started in news at New Hampshire Public Television and as director of The 10 O’Clock News at WGBH in Boston.

Beth is an avid skier, cook and loves to entertain. After spending many years in Washington, she’s looking forward to returning to New York, where she worked for 17 years.

Beth joins our long form teams at a time of great creative success and expansion. Our long form storytelling is one of the hallmarks of what makes ABC News so distinctive. Bringing together all our long form assets will position us to produce our very best creative and journalistic work in this moment of extraordinary opportunity across so many networks and platforms.

Beth’s keen instincts for discovering, creating and launching new programs will be essential to continue our momentum. Please join me in giving her a warm welcome to ABC News.


(With files from Meagan Kashty)

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Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.