‘Good Morning America’ Promotes Lara Spencer To Co-Anchor

laraspencerBurying 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.

Related: ‘GMA’ Beats ‘Today’ By Biggest Margin In Three Months

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:

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Michael Strahan Debuts On ‘Good Morning America’: Video

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, … Read More »

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OSCARS: Robin Roberts, Lara Spencer To Host ‘Red Carpet Live’

By | Monday February 17, 2014 @ 6:05am PST

Oscars 2014Good Morning America anchors Robin Roberts and Lara Spencer, joined by Jess Cagle, Editorial Director of People and Entertainment Weekly, return to host the network’s pre-Oscar Red Carpet Live show along with television host Tyson Beckford. “The Oscars “Red Carpet Live” airs on SUNDAY, MARCH 2 at 7:00 p.m., ET on the ABC Television Network. The Oscars, hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, will air immediately following “Red Carpet Live.”

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‘Today’ Ad Blitz Unveiling Upstaged By Robin Roberts Coming Out On ‘GMA’: Video

LisaColumn__131015210634-275x198NBC began its Today show Olympics walk-up this morning with a strategically timed piece in The New York Times about a Comcast-wide ad blitz for a new show tagline “Rise to Shine”.  It’s part of a big push to get Today back on top in the morning infotainment show ratings.  In the article, NBC noted that Today, which lost its ratings crown to ABC’s Good Morning America some time ago, has been Todayshow07__120726201155-200x129chipping away at GMA’s lead, even beating its rival by 18,000 in the news demo the week of December 16 (aka The Week GMA Sent Robin Roberts to the Vatican). The head of NBC News research spoke passionately about Matt Lauer‘s importance to the show’s ratings resuscitation,  and Matt himself discussed taking selfies when you think you’re looking good, not when you’re looking bad.

GMA responded this morning with a news release announcing that it won all four quarters of 2013, including its largest fourth-quarter total-viewer lead over Today in more than 22 years, and its biggest demo lead over Today in 19 years (371,000 viewers) during the final full week of the calendar year.

Oh, and Robin Roberts come out on GMA this morning — taking some of the wind out of Today’s carefully orchestrated “Rise to Shine”. Read More »

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Did Visit To Vatican Cost ‘GMA’ A News Demo Win For Week Of December 16?

By | Monday December 30, 2013 @ 2:22pm PST

Today Todayshow07__120726201155-200x129finished first among 25- to 54-year-olds for the week – its first demo win in nearly six months. The NBC morning infotainment show edged out ABC’s Good Morning America by 18,000 viewers in the age bracket, while … Read More »

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ABC’s ‘Good Morning America’ Wins TV Season For First Time Since 1992-93

ABC News will officially announce tomorrow that Good Morning America has won the morning infotainment war for a full TV season. It marks GMA‘s first victory since the 1992-93 season in the news demographic, and in total viewers for the first time since the 1993-1994 TV season when the show was co-hosted by Charlie Gibson and Joan Lunden. GMA not only won every week of the season in total viewers (it won 43 weeks in the news demo), it also copped the No. 1-rated telecast of each of those weeks. For the full 51-week season (Nielsen specialed-out Hurricane Sandy Week owing to massive schedule, and reception, interruption), GMA clocked about 5.3 million total viewers and nearly 2 million adults 25-54, according to Nielsen Media Research.

Growing for a third straight year — up 9% compared to last season’s total viewer average of around 4.9 million — GMA won the 2012-13 season with its largest overall audience and largest season margin (about 680,000 viewers) over No. 2-ranked Today in more than 21 years. In adults 25-54, GMA also increased for the third year in a row — up 4% compared to last season’s demo average of 1.897 million — to deliver its strongest news demo performance in 5 seasons, and beat Today by its biggest news demo gap  — nearly 90,000 –  in 21 years. Read More »

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Robin Roberts Back At ‘GMA’ Anchor Desk

By | Wednesday February 20, 2013 @ 6:53am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Robin Roberts this morning co-anchored her first Good Morning America since leaving more than five months ago to undergo a bone marrow transplant to treat a rare blood disorder. “I keep pinching myself and I realize that this is real. This is really happening,” Roberts said. She already … Read More »

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Robin Roberts To Return To ‘GMA’ Feb. 20

By | Thursday February 7, 2013 @ 6:57am PST
Nellie Andreeva

On today’s Good Morning America telecast, George Stephanopoulos announced that his co-anchor Robin Roberts will be back on the air February 20, with her return and the countdown to it happening during the current February sweep. She will resume duties part-time, gradually expanding to hosting the show five … Read More »

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Robin Roberts Visits ‘Good Morning America’ Set For Test Run

By | Thursday January 24, 2013 @ 7:01am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts today made her first visit to the set of the ABC morning show since her bone marrow transplant in September. She arrived at the studio at 5 AM for … Read More »

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Robin Roberts Returning To ‘GMA’: Video

By | Monday January 14, 2013 @ 8:17am PST

The Good Morning America co-anchor’s last show before departing for a bone marrow transplant was August 31. She joined her crew via satellite today to say she’s received the all-clear from her doctors to begin the process of returning to the ABC morning show — beginning with … Read More »

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Stephen Colbert, ‘Modern Family’ Cast To Guest Host On ‘Good Morning America’

By | Monday September 17, 2012 @ 12:55pm PDT

We’re getting more details on who will be stepping in as Good Morning America guest hosts while Robin Roberts is on medical leave. Stephen Colbert, the cast of Modern Family and Rob Lowe will be … Read More »

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‘GMA’s Robin Roberts Begins Medical Leave On September 3

By | Monday August 27, 2012 @ 9:00am PDT

Robin Roberts announced this morning on Good Morning America that Friday, August 31 will be her last day on air before she starts an extended medical leave to undergo a bone marrow transplant for a disease previously known … Read More »

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Robin Roberts Says She’s Feeling Rested On Her Return To ‘GMA’

By | Tuesday August 21, 2012 @ 8:59am PDT

Robin Roberts says the break was good for her and she’s rested and ready to go. “My needle was past E when I left here a couple of weeks ago, but I’ve got a full tank, so … Read More »

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Why GMA Host Robin Roberts Left Mid-Show

By | Tuesday July 31, 2012 @ 10:06pm PDT

For the record, it’s a very sympathetic way to exit. Because here’s how Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts told viewers that her medical problems were taking their toll a little early. ”Well, a full disclosure here, I’m not … Read More »

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Robin Roberts Plans Late Summer Medical Leave From ‘GMA’

By | Thursday July 26, 2012 @ 11:13am PDT

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Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts revealed this morning at TCA via satellite feed from ABC’s studios in New York that she … Read More »

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‘Good Morning America’s Robin Roberts Reveals She’s Been Diagnosed With MDS

By | Monday June 11, 2012 @ 7:02am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Good Morning America co-host Robin Roberts, who successfully underwent breast cancer treatment five years ago, announced this morning that she has been diagnosed with MDS, or myelodysplastic syndrome, a disease of the blood and bone marrow once known as preleukemia. She said she is starting pre-treatment today -– chemotherapy in … Read More »

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