News anchor Robin Roberts has been elevated to co-anchor of ABC News’ “Good Morning America” alongside Charles Gibson and Diane Sawyer.
“GMA has expanded its coverage of news and information, and we’ve increasingly turned to Robin to share that responsibility with Diane and Charlie,” said ABC News prexy David Westin.
Roberts joined the newscast from ESPN as a contributor in April 1995; she was named news anchor in April 2002.
In 1999, Sawyer and Gibson began co-anchoring “GMA” on what was then deemed an interim assignment. Five years later, the assignment seems permanent and the show has narrowed the gap with NBC’s “Today” from 3 million viewers to as few as 270,000.
The shrinking gap led to a shakeup at “Today,” with the appointment of former NBC Sports producer Jim Bell as exec producer and former MSNBC veep Phil Griffin to helm the show in April.
Roberts’ promotion comes as Gibson is pulling double duty as anchor of “World News Tonight” during Peter Jennings’ battle with lung cancer. Gibson and “20/20” co-anchor Elizabeth Vargas have split “World News” anchor duties in Jennings’ absence. During the month of April, Gibson anchored nine nights, Vargas 10.