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George Stephanopoulos Officially Joining 'Good Morning America'

by Scott Harris, posted Dec 11th 2009 10:22AM
It's official: George Stephanopoulos will be replacing Diane Sawyer on 'Good Morning America.'

As reported by the Hollywood Reporter, ABC has finally confirmed what we've been telling you for weeks, appointing Stephanopoulos to the chair that Sawyer has filled for the last ten years. Stephanopoulos, a former presidential adviser who most recently has been seen as host of the Sunday political forum 'This Week With George Stephanopoulos,' will begin co-hosting 'Good Morning America' alongside Robin Roberts beginning on Monday.
It's official: George Stephanopoulos will be replacing Diane Sawyer on 'Good Morning America.'

As reported by the Hollywood Reporter, ABC has finally confirmed what we've been telling you for weeks, appointing Stephanopoulos to the chair that Sawyer has filled for the last ten years. Stephanopoulos, a former presidential adviser who most recently has been seen as host of the Sunday political forum 'This Week With George Stephanopoulos,' will begin co-hosting 'Good Morning America' alongside Robin Roberts beginning on Monday.

The move ends a whirlwind of restructuring at the show which began when Sawyer announced she would be leaving to fill Charles Gibson's spot on ABC's nightly newscast, 'World News.' Speculation initially favored 'GMA' news anchor Chris Cuomo to replace Sawyer, but with the selection of Stephanopoulos, Cuomo will also be leaving the show, moving instead to co-host the prime-time news magazine '20/20.' In turn, Juju Chang has been tapped to replace Cuomo at the 'Good Morning America' news desk.

These changes, particularly the selection of Stephanopoulos, are the result of a change in focus for 'Good Morning America,' which in recent months has been adding more hard news to their programming in order to provide viewers an alternative to the lighter style perfected by NBC's rival 'Today' show. That shift is understandable, given not only the serious issues currently facing the nation, but also the equally harsh reality of 'Good Morning America''s ratings; the show has now lost to 'Today' every week for the past 14 years and trails by over 1.5 million in daily viewership.

Whether the move to a more serious news format will help remains to be seen (though earlier this week we helpfully provided the network with some advice on how to make it work), but ABC news president David Westin feels confident that if Stephanopoulos is the right man for the job. "George offered me somebody who could absolutely execute that revised plan for 'GMA' and also be a representative to the world, to our viewers, that we're altering the direction of our program," Westin said.

No decision has yet been reached regarding a replacement for Stephanopoulos on 'This Week.'

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