Stephanopoulos Takes GMA Gig, Wants More News

Former Clinton aide will replace Diane Sawyer on ABC show

By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff

Posted Dec 9, 2009 11:11 AM CST

(Newser) – George Stephanopoulos has accepted ABC's offer to take over Diane Sawyer’s co-anchor chair on Good Morning America and will start Monday. The shuffling means that Chris Cuomo is out as news anchor at GMA, to be replaced by JuJu Chang. Cuomo's fate with the network is unclear, but he's in the running to co-host 20/20, reports Howard Kurtz in the Washington Post.

Stephanopoulos had been insistent on giving the show a newsier edge during his negotiations. He presumably won the fight because he's already making plans to move his family from DC to New York. It's still not clear if he will be allowed to hang on to his Sunday This Week show. The network plans a news conference tomorrow.

George Stephanopoulos.
George Stephanopoulos.   (AP Photo)
Stephanopoulos leaves a job as chief Washington correspondent for ABC, where he interviewed Hillary Clinton during the campaign last year.
Stephanopoulos leaves a job as chief Washington correspondent for ABC, where he interviewed Hillary Clinton during the campaign last year.   (AP Photo)
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