Channing Dungey, the first black executive to run the entertainment division at a major network, is leaving ABC, the company announced Friday.
The move was announced just a few months before The Walt Disney Company, ABC’s corporate parent, is expected to finish its acquisition of much of 21st Century Fox, which will greatly expand the company’s television holdings. The expanded Disney television empire will be overseen by longtime Fox executives.
Ms. Dungey was thrust into the spotlight earlier this year when the network made the sudden decision to cancel “Roseanne” after the show’s star, Roseanne Barr, sent a racist tweet. Ms. Dungey was widely praised for her public comments, referring to Ms. Barr’s tweet as “abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values.”
But ABC has also struggled mightily in the ratings during Ms. Dungey’s tenure as the network’s entertainment president, which began in 2016. It is once again in last place among the broadcast networks.
Ms. Dungey will be replaced by Karey Burke, a programming executive at the youth-oriented cable network Freeform.
“This job has been the highlight of my career,” Ms. 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.”
Robert A. Iger, Disney’s chief executive, said in a statement: “I’m grateful to Channing for her significant contributions and unwavering dedication to the success of ABC over the past 14 years. 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.”
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