Home Television ABC News Hires Ray Kelly, Ex NYPD Commish, as Consultant

They’re coming and going at ABC News: the network news department has hired Ray Kelly, former New York City Police Commissioner, to be a consultant. Kelly’s going to be all over the place at ABC. TV is in his blood: his son, Greg Kelly, co-anchors the high rated Fox 5 morning show here in New York with Rosanna Scotto. In fact, “Good Day New York” has been beating both ABC’s “Good Morning America” and “Today” in local ratings. The Kelly dinner table should be hot stuff now!

At the same time, my old friend Cynthia McFadden is leaving “Nightline” and ABC News for NBC. She’ll be chief legal correspondent and a regular on all the news programming. Cynthia has been with ABC for 20 years. But with “Nightline” now on against Seth Meyers, and well after Jimmy Kimmel, Cynthia probably wanted to be seen by people who were awake. Poor “Nightline.” Anyway, it’s NBC’s gain as Cynthia is multi-talented and one of the hardest working journalists anywhere.

PS New York is a safer place because of Ray Kelly. Now ABC will be murder free too!

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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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