2009 Proves to Be Boom Time for TV Doctors

With the debate over health care reform taking center stage and a swine flu pandemic gaining steam, 2009 is proving to be a go-go year for TV doctors and the producers who tend them.

Today, executives as ABC News announced that they are expanding the division’s medical reporting team.

From the press release:

President David Westin today named Dr. Timothy Johnson Chief Medical Editor for ABC News. Mr. Westin also announced that Dr. Richard Besser, currently of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, where he led the agency’s response to the H1N1 influenza outbreak earlier this year, will be joining the Network as Senior Health and Medical Editor.

Dr. Besser joins ABC News’ on-air medical team, led by Dr. Johnson, which also includes widely respected ABC News Correspondent John McKenzie and “Good Morning America” Medical Contributor Dr. Marie Savard, M.D. McKenzie has covered an extensive range of medical stories for ABC News, including reports on new, cutting-edge medical technologies. Dr. Savard is a trusted voice on women’s health, wellness and patient empowerment.

In the meantime, over at CNN, executives announced today that Roni Selig will be joining the network as senior executive producer and director of the health and wellness medical unit.

From the release:

Selig, who has 30 years of experience in news and program development for both broadcast and cable networks, will lead CNN’s medical reporting and investigations across all platforms, working alongside award-winning chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta.

Selig has a proven track record producing news, talk, reality and variety formats across media companies.  Her experience across the board has been taking topical news interests and developing innovative and informative programming.  Her most recent position was senior vice president of east coast development and programming for Walt Disney Company/ABC Productions, where she developed and sold several pilots pairing news and personality.  Her previous experience includes ABC, Oxygen Media, Warner Brothers/Telepictures, Lifetime Television, Universal Television and Sony Pictures Entertainment/Columbia Tristar Television.

2009 Proves to Be Boom Time for TV Doctors