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GETTING TOUGH AT ‘GMA’

ABC’s “Good Morning America,” which is in a neck-and-neck ratings race with NBC’s “Today,” may be in for a hard news tuneup. Now that the ayem chatshow reports to ABC News as opposed to the entertainment wing, Alphabet web news brass want more face time on “GMA” for news division marquee talent, according to network sources.

Prime among the names bandied about to play bigger roles are investigative ace Brian Ross and legal correspondent Cynthia McFadden, who is a favorite of news division topper Roone Arledge and has been getting major face time covering the O.J. trial. In addition, McFadden and other ABC News correspondents could have a major role in changes under way at the Sunday edition of “GMA,” which ABC News execs want to toughen up, making it a more seamless fit with “This Week With David Brinkley.”

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