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Diane Sawyer Leaves GMA This Week

Good Morning America gig ends in prep for World News transition

(Newser) - Diane Sawyer announced today that this will be her last week on Good Morning America , after 10 years and “2,881 shows—roughly,” she said. She succeeds Charles Gibson in the World News anchor seat starting December 21, and GMA will spend her last week recalling some of... More »

Sawyer Faces Uphill Battle Backstage

(Newser) - Diane Sawyer finally has the job she’s been waiting for, Rebecca Dana writes for the Daily Beast: “anchor of World News, the once towering, now considerably diminished evening broadcast.” But her renewed rivalry with Katie Couric and her struggle to hold on to Charles Gibson’s ratings... More »

Why Sawyer Will Be Better Than Couric

(Newser) - With Diane Sawyer as the host of ABC’s World News, two of the three network nightly newscasts will be anchored by women. But Sawyer is likely to have a smoother time than Katie Couric did, writes Joshua Alston for Newsweek. For one, Sawyer will benefit from Couric’s trailblazing:... More »

Charles Gibson to Leave ABC's World News

Diane Sawyer will take over as nightly news anchor in January

(Newser) - Charles Gibson will step down as ABC’s World News anchor at year's end, and Diane Sawyer will take the top slot, Broadcasting & Cable reports. In an email to the staff, Gibson explains that he had earlier hoped to retire from his post at Good Morning America in 2007,... More »

Ways Palin Can Sound Less Like a Robot

Practice, know the details and don't repeat yourself, media pros advise VP candidate

(Newser) - Now that we've seen Sarah Palin interviewed on TV three times, it's clear she could use a little media coaching, Christopher Beam writes for Slate. To figure out how Palin can break out of her "constant low hum of mediocrity," Beam gets tips from media pros. Some highlights:... More »

Palin Raises Specter of War With Russia

Candidate tells Gibson that Russian aggression could pull US into war

(Newser) - Sarah Palin talked tough on Russia in excerpts from her interview with Charlie Gibson aired last night, CNN reports. The candidate said she firmly backed NATO membership for Ukraine and Georgia. Asked if that meant America would have to go to war if Russia invaded Georgia again, she said "... More »

Palin's First Press Tidbits Will Air on ABC Tonight

Gibson face-off to be featured on 20/20

(Newser) - Charles Gibson's interviews with Sarah Palin will be featured on a special prime-time edition of ABC's 20/20 tomorrow, reports AP. Gibson is traveling to Fairbanks and Wasilla, Alaska, for the first TV interviews with Palin since she was selected as John McCain's running mate. Excerpts will be shown on ABC's... More »

Just You Wait, Charlie Gibson, Just You Wait

Dowd can't wait for the TV debut of Wasilla's own Eliza Doolittle

(Newser) - Maureen Dowd hops a plane to Wasilla, Alaska, where Sarah Palin will hold her first interview as a VP candidate this weekend. Media types might be flocking to the Last Frontier, but Palin has been sequestered from the press, brushing up for her sit-down with Charles Gibson. She's the Eliza... More »

All 3 Network Anchors Will Travel Abroad With Obama

Access to Dem lures Gibson, Couric, Williams to Europe, Mideast

(Newser) - Charlie Gibson, Katie Couric and Brian Williams will all be part of Barack Obama’s foreign trip that begins later this week, Howard Kurtz reveals in the Washington Post—as the Dem’s campaign impressively “draws the anchors halfway around the world by offering access.” The ABC, CBS... More »

Anchors (Except for Katie) Just Don't Get It

Response to McClellan flap is embarrassing, says writer

(Newser) - Katie Couric thinks Scott McClellan has a point with his criticism of the media in the lead-up to the war, but Charlie Gibson and Brian Williams beg to differ—and that's a disgrace, writes Glenn Greenwald in Salon. During a get-together of network anchors, the "painfully empty-headed Gibson" and... More »

Networks Will Partner For Cancer Telethon

Gibson, Couric and Williams to co-host Sept. 5 event

(Newser) - ABC, CBS and NBC have decided to work together to fight cancer, the New York Times reports. Each network's lead news anchor will appear on a Sept. 5 telethon broadcast on all three channels simultaneously. The principles—CBS's Katie Couric, NBC's Brian Williams and ABC's Charlie Gibson—have all lost... More »

ABC Debate Hosts 'Shoddy, Despicable'

'Barely news,' gets even worse, says Shales

(Newser) - No winner emerged in last night's Democratic presidential debate, but for one columnist the loser was clear: ABC News. Over the course of a commercial-crammed broadcast, moderators Charlie Gibson and George Stephanopolous dwelled on petty half-controversies to incite Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama to get nasty, writes Tom Shales of... More »

Couric's Not Only Thing Networks Should Toss

Evening news shows on their last legs

(Newser) - Evening network news, with or without Katie Couric aboard, is going nowhere, Ron Grover writes in BusinessWeek—then offers suggestions on what the TV giants should do to hook viewers:
  • Make the news available on the viewers' time: Get big-name anchors on tape earlier, and put those newscasts online.
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