‘Good’ news for Roberts

Anchor upped on Alphabet morning show

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.

Want to read more articles like this one? SUBSCRIBE TO VARIETY TODAY.
Post A Comment 0

Leave a Reply

No Comments

Comments are moderated. They may be edited for clarity and reprinting in whole or in part in Variety publications.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More TV News from Variety