Bianna Golodryga Departs ABC News For Yahoo, Paula Faris Joins ‘Good Morning America’ Weekend Anchor Team
‘Katie’ EP Rachel Miskowiec Joining ‘Good Morning America’ As EP At 8 AM; Chris Vlasto Upped To VP At 7
Chris Vlasto has been promoted to executive producer of Good Morning America’s 7 AM hour. Rachel Miskowiec — most recently exec producer of Disney’s soon-to-be-defunct syndicated talk show Katie – is joining ABC News as executive producer of the program’s 8 AM hour.
This morning’s memo to staff from Tom Cibrowski, senior exec producer of GMA:
1) Diane Sawyer likes to go out on top. ABC World News won the May sweep in the news demo – the newscast’s first sweep demo win in more than six years. Last time ABC’s newscast won a sweep was February of ’08, with Sawyer’s predecessor, Charles Gibson. Sawyer took over the show in December of ’09. “Look at Diane’s career – she always likes to go out on top,” said one industry observer. “She won the May book, why not go out on top – that’s very typical of her,” said another.
2) ABC News is trying to split the baby. Giving to David Muir the World News chair, while naming Chief Anchor title and giving him Sawyer’s chair during breaking news events and specials (presidential election coverage, etc.) had navel lint gazers trying to figure out “who won.” Some say Stephanopoulos got “passed over,” but others dismiss that as old school, noting Stephanopoulos co-anchors the news division’s morning show, which is more important these days. (Matt Lauer, the reigning king of morning infotainment TV recently re-signed at NBC’s Today for more than $20 million a year, which eclipses the reported $12 mil a year Sawyer has been making). George Stephanopoulos to the new …
Four days after Hillary Clinton was a “surprise guest” on Barbara Walters’ final day on ABC’s The View, the network announced Diane Sawyer would interview Clinton during a one-hour ABC News primetime special on Monday, June 9 at 9 PM, in conjunction with Clinton’s new book, Hard Choices. But, even before that primetime special, excerpts from the interview will air that night on World News With Diane Sawyer at 6:30 PM. Excerpts from that sit-down also will run across other ABC News programs and platforms, including Nightline, ABCNews.com, ABC News Radio, ABC NewsOne and Fusion.
Then, if that’s not enough Clinton, Robin Roberts will have the first live interview with the former Secretary of State, Senator and FLOTUS on ABC’s Good Morning America the next morning, June 10.
Clinton’s book is published by Simon & Schuster – a division of CBS Corp.
‘Good Morning America’ Expats Sam Champion And Josh Elliott Reunite On NBC’s The Weather Channel: Video
The two former GMA-ers talked about Elliott’s NBC Sports debut covering Kentucky Derby:
Weather Channel Boasts Former ‘GMA’-ers Josh Elliott And Sam Champion To Reunite Tomorrow For Trip Down Memory Lane
“On Friday, May 2nd, former Good Morning America colleagues Josh Elliott and Sam Champion will reunite for the first time live on air from The Kentucky Derby,” The Weather Channel boasted cheekily today. Upping the cheek, the channel said Elliott will join Champion at 9 AM ET from Churchill Downs live during its flagship morning show AMHQ With Sam Champion “for a trip down memory lane.” They’ll also talk Derby weather and cuisine.
NBC poached Elliott in March, ending an intense negotiation between ABC News and the GMA news anchor, in which Elliott, who had been making about $1.2 million in salary, turned down an offer to stay with the show for about $4 million, raising his asking price to $10 mil. NBC got a strong sports guy who’d previously worked at ESPN. Per terms of his exit, Elliott cannot appear on NBC’s Today show for six months. He was the second member of the No. 1 rated morning infotainment show’s ensemble team to depart for an NBCUniversal property. In December, NBCU successfully poached longtime GMA weatherman Champion, who is now a bigwig at Weather Channel.
‘GMA’s Amy Robach, Diagnosed With Breast Cancer After Televised Mammogram, Announces Final Chemo Treatment: Video
ABC’s Good Morning America news anchor announced in November that she’d been diagnosed with breast cancer after undergoing a mammogram live on the air, and said she planned to undergo a bilateral mastectomy. This morning on the show she announced, “Today marks my eighth and final round of chemotherapy…This is my final treatment. The doctors say I graduate today,” Amy Robach, 40, said in a taped piece that aired this morning on the show:
“We are thrilled that the team is locked in and that the [Stephanopoulos] deal was done so quickly,” ABC News said this morning. That in marked contrast to the long-running storyline about the division’s talks with GMA regulars Josh Elliott and Sam Champion — both of whom wound up being poached by NBC. Elliott went to NBC Sports and Champion to NBC co-owned The Weather Channel. Lara Spencer, whose contract came up around the same time as Elliott’s and Champion’s, re-signed to GMA in March, and recently was promoted to co-anchor. Elliott and Champion were replaced by Amy Robach and Ginger Zee, respectively.
Stephanopoulos’ contract was not set to expire until the end of the calendar year. But, given the GMA talent churn, the deal was an important one to close for new ABC News chief James Goldston, who is in his second week on the job. Terms of the deal, which sources said locks in Stephanopoulos for more than three years, were not disclosed. “We expect him to remain with us for many, many years,” ABC News said coyly of the anchor, who has been with GMA since 2010. Robin Roberts signed a lucrative deal to remain with GMA last December.
Burying his lead, new ABC News President James Goldston sent around a memo to staff today — in Paragraph 6 of which was the announcement he’d promoted Good Morning America‘s Lara Spencer to co-host of the program along with Robin Roberts and George Stephanopoulos. Roberts recently signed a new contract to stay with the show; ditto Spencer. Stephanopoulos’ contract was due to come up later this year — his reps are in talks with ABC News now.
Spencer was the only one of three GMA-ers whose contracts came up around the same time as Roberts’ who re-signed. The two guys — Sam Champion and Josh Elliott – both got poached by NBC, whose Today show saw its longtime ratings record snapped two years ago by GMA.Which brings us to Goldston’s memo: celebrating tomorrow’s anniversary of GMA ending Today’s 852-week winning streak. Here’s the memo:
Live With Kelly And Michael co-host Michael Strahan stopped by Good Morning America this morning to talk about his gig with the show, making sure to say “couple days a week” several times to calm Live! fans’ fears. Expect to see Strahan mostly in GMA’s first hour, so he can continue to co-host Live!, at 9 AM in many markets. In addition to the NFL Hall of Famer, GMA recently added ESPN’s Tony Reali to its Social Square; both hires were made in the wake of the departure of GMA’s Josh Elliott, who moved to NBC Sports. Watch here:
ESPN’s Tony Reali is joining ABC’s Good Morning America as a social media contributor. It’s part of a new multi-year extension of his deal with ESPN that calls for him to continue hosting the sports net’s Around the Horn, but from a Times Square studio. Reali will move from Washington, DC to New York later this year. GMA was looking to shore itself up on the sports front after news anchor Josh Elliott — a former ESPN-er — decamped to join NBC Sports. In addition to Reali, GMA is finalizing a deal for Michael Strahan, who spent 15 years playing for the New York Giants, to appear on the program about twice a week while continuing to co-host his popular daytime talker Live! With Kelly & Michael.
Are there any questions left to ask the cast and creator of AMC‘s Mad Men? ABC News anchor Diane Sawyer gives it a whirl on her World News tomorrow night; additional portions of the interview will follow on Nightline and Friday’s Good Morning America. Part 1 of Mad Men’s final season kicks in Sunday, April 13. Here’s a preview of the interviews:
Having accepted NBC’s offer, Josh Elliott is out at Good Morning America and, unlike Sam Champion, won’t be seen on the show again to say so long to colleagues on-air. But the GMA gang this morning sent Elliott off with a we’ll-miss-you clip job anyway, in keeping with the show’s one-big-happy-family image :
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Michael Strahan tied himself in knots on Live! With Kelly & Michael this morning to calm fans afraid he was leaving the show, after word got out late yesterday he was joining Good Morning America. Though those press reports said the deal was not yet done, that Strahan would appear on GMA about twice a week, and that he would not be leaving the syndicated daytime talker he co-hosts with Kelly Ripa, there were nonetheless a certain number of knickers that got knotted when the news broke, including not only those of avid fans of the Strahan-Ripa pairing on Live! but also those of Disney execs worried about impact the confusion night have on the show’s ratings momentum.
So this morning, Strahan insisted on Live! that the GMA deal was not yet done, that he was surprised to read about it yesterday, and that he would only make the GMA appearances if he “could be smart about it.”
Josh Elliott Says NBC Sports Offer Is Dream Job, Denies He’s Being Groomed To Replace Matt Lauer On ‘Today’
Departing Good Morning America news anchor Josh Elliott says he has not personally had any discussions about working on NBC’s Today, that he hopes co-anchor Matt Lauer will still be at Today “when I step away from this gig 30 years down the road,” and that he loves ABC News chief Ben Sherwood deeply and passionately for making him news anchor at GMA. Elliott was on the phone with reporters to discuss this week’s worst kept TV industry secret — Elliott has jumped ship, abandoning GMA to join NBC Sports Group.
NBC Sports chief Mark Lazarus said Elliott would perform “a mix” of reporting and anchoring, including a presence in the division’s coverage of the Kentucky Derby, NFL football, the Super Bowl and the Winter and Summer Olympics, to which NBC has broadcast rights through 2020. “One of the beauties of this budding and new relationship,” Lazarus said, is that Elliott fits in well with the existing team, adding, “we’ve still got plenty of time to sort out” details of his role.
Elliott was asked loads of questions about his departure from GMA; he “denied categorically” press reports about the ensemble cast’s jealousy over Robin Roberts’ lucrative contract, insisting he loved them all and wished them the best. “I owe everything to the folks at Disney” he said. “They’re the ones who put me on the air nine years ago.’ I have nothing but gratitude for them” he said speaking “to my very deep and abiding important relationship I have with [ABC News chief] Ben Sherwood.”
UPDATED: Michael Strahan, one half of Live! With Kelly & Michael, also soon will be seen on ABC‘s morning infotainment program Good Morning America. Strahan will continue to co-host his daytime talker with Kelly Ripa. Ripa also had been approached about joining GMA, but she declined, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. Talks with Strahan began about a month ago, which predates news anchor Josh Elliott’s decision to depart GMA, announced over the weekend. Expect to see Strahan on GMA a couple days a week, initially. Elliott, formerly of ESPN, left the show to join NBC Sports. The addition of Strahan gives GMA an anchor with a sports background to take over that responsibility from Elliott — Strahan having spent 15 years playing for the New York Giants.
Live! With Kelly & Michael is having its best season in seven years, ratings-wise, averaging nearly 4 million viewers — up 13% versus same time last season.
UPDATE, 6:40 AM: GMA gang this morning told viewers that Josh Elliott is leaving the show to go to work for NBC Sports, marking the second successful poaching of a GMA cast member by NBCU, and that he would be replaced as news anchor by Amy Robach, who was on the scene – Elliott himself was on “vacation.” Meanwhile, over at NBC, Al Roker publicly congratulated Elliot, via Twitter, for his “conscious uncoupling” from GMA/ABC. Watch here:
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UPDATE, 6:30 AM: Josh Elliott‘s former Good Morning America colleague Sam Champion weighed in this morning on Elliott’s announced exit from the ABC morning infotainment show to go to work for NBC Sports. Champion, who was also poached by NBCU and now works at The Weather Channel, called it “a great opportunity for Josh’s heart,” adding, “I know that fans of GMA are not loving it.” Watch here:
PREVIOUS, SUNDAY PM: After an intense negotiation with ABC News, Good Morning America news anchor Josh Elliott is leaving the network for NBC Sports. ABC News wasted no time in announcing his replacement: Amy Robach, who has been part of the GMA team for some time, including filling in for Robin Roberts at various moments when she was out for medical reasons. Elliott, who had been making about $1.2 million salary at GMA, turned down an offer to stay with the show for $4-$5 million. After his fellow anchor Lara Spencer nailed down a lucrative multiyear contract Thursday, Elliott raised his ask to $10 million a year. With Elliott, NBC is getting a strong sports guy — a next generation Bob Costas — who previously worked at ESPN. Per the terms of Elliott’s exit, he cannot appear on NBC’s Today for six months according to people familiar with the situation. Elliott is the second member of the ensemble team that put GMA in first place in the morning show ratings race, and to depart for an NBCUniversal property. In December, NBCU successfully poached longtime GMA weatherman Sam Champion who is now a bigwig at their Weather Channel. In much the same way they did today, ABC announced Champion’s replacement, Ginger Zee, minutes after it was reported that he was leaving. In the wake of Champion’s departure, GMA has scored some of its highest ratings ever.