Susan Lucci

Brian Frons, the president of ABC Daytime that oversaw the cancellation of All My Children and One Life to Life, is stepping down, the network announced on Friday.

"While my decision to try something new was not arrived at easily, nine years is a long time in television terms," Frons said in a statement. "I'm proud of the performance of ABC Daytime over that time, and of all of the accomplishments that our team achieved along the way."

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The decision comes as Disney/ABC merges its daytime division with its syndicated programs. The new division, known as Times Square Studios and to be headed up by Vicki Drummer, will focus on non-scripted lifestyle and health programming. Current shows under the new structure include The View, General Hospital, The Chew, The Revolution, Katie, and Who Wants to be a Millionaire.

Frons, who was named Daytime president in 2006, will leave ABC when his contract is up in January 2012.