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N.Y. Governor’s Aide Heads To ABC

December 20, 2000

NEW YORK (AP) _ A top aide to New York Gov. George Pataki is leaving to become the California-based communications chief for the ABC television network.

Zenia Mucha replaces Patricia Matson, a 22-year ABC veteran who will work as a consultant to the network. Mucha will join the network in mid-February.

``I’ve been on this side of the fence for a very long time. I think my experience in policy issues and communications will be beneficial in the private sector,″ Mucha said Tuesday.

She will be responsible for the network’s news and entertainment press relations, ABC’s public service campaigns and audience information departments, the ABC Foundation and internal publications.

Mucha was Pataki’s senior policy adviser and responsible for his communications operation. She’s been with Pataki since his election in 1994 and managed his governor’s successful re-election campaign in 1998.

ABC’s entertainment division is currently No. 1 in the ratings this season, although its lead has slipped as the game show ``Who Wants to Be a Millionaire″ becomes less of a sensation. The news division is considered second in dominance to NBC.

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