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TV Moment of 2009: Rihanna's '20/20' Interview with Diane Sawyer

by Adam Keleman, posted Dec 29th 2009 9:00AM
Rihanna's first sit-down interview after her breakup with Chris Brown stirred h-diane-sawyeralmost as much attention as the initial scandal.

Diane Sawyer
scored the exclusive for a hotly anticipated, hard-hitting episode of '20/20,' which revealed for the first time exactly what happened on that heated February night when Rihanna's then-boyfriend Brown struck her, and why Rihanna briefly returned to him.

In the ratings-busting segment of '20/20,' a still-shaken Rihanna recounted in detail how an otherwise uproarious night quickly turned into a nightmare after she spotted a questionable text from Brown's cell phone. The picture-perfect pop star was clearly broken by the event, and it was moving, and humbling, to watch her in the seat opposite Sawyer confessing, "I just wanted it to stop."

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So what did you think of Diane Sawyer's first night?

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 22nd 2009 8:04AM
Diane SawyerSo Diane Sawyer took over for Charles Gibson last night on ABC's World News. I don't know how "important" her first episode was. She's filled in on the show before and obviously wouldn't suddenly start yelling expletives or start drooling. She handled herself fine (though if I want to see a chick read the news I watch Katie on CBS). What did everyone else think?

What did you think of Diane Sawyer's first night?
She was great140 (23.9%)
She should have stayed with Good Morning America56 (9.6%)
I watch Katie Couric24 (4.1%)
I watch Brian Williams94 (16.0%)
Who watches network news?!?272 (46.4%)

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Diane Sawyer Begins at ABC's 'World News'

by Jane Boursaw, posted Dec 22nd 2009 2:40AM
Diane Sawyer, ABC World NewsWith very little fanfare, Diane Sawyer debuted on ABC's 'World News,' taking over the anchor desk as if she'd been doing it forever. With a quick "Good evening, and it is so good to be here with you tonight," she immediately launched into news about health care reform, stranded travelers, and a new storm headed into the nation's midsection.

Unlike when Katie Couric took over the anchor desk for CBS Evening News, Sawyer's debut was low key and uneventful. She wore a dark suit with a white top and white earrings. She made the most of her conversational style by chatting with correspondents George Stephanopoulos, Dan Harris, David Muir and others reporting on various news items.

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Katie Couric vs. Diane Sawyer: Who Will Be The Ratings Winner?

by Liane Bonin, posted Dec 21st 2009 10:00AM
Diane Sawyer and Katie CouricAs you've undoubtedly heard, Diane Sawyer has ditched 'Good Morning America' to take over 'World News' from Charlie Gibson (her gig began yesterday). And while plenty of people are wondering how George Stephanopoulos will fare in her stead, what we're far more interested in is seeing the bloody ratings catfight that will now be taking place nightly at 6:30 p.m., as Sawyer goes up against Katie Couric over at 'CBS Evening News.'

Sure, it's a battle for second place (the multi-talented and funny Brian Williams is a consistent winner with 'NBC Nightly News', one of the few bright spots in NBC's schedule). But it's one that has the potential for major upheaval (Couric's contract is up in 2011). So, who will win? Right now, odds are in Sawyer's favor -- and here's why.t now, odds are in Sawyer's favor -- and here's why.

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Brian Williams on Tiger coverage, his funny self, and what's on his iPod

by Joel Keller, posted Dec 17th 2009 2:03PM
Brian WilliamsWhen NBC was promoting Brian Williams' fifth anniversary as anchor of the NBC Nightly News, I figured it was a good opportunity to ask him a few questions. After all, with two wars, a lousy economy, the health care debate, and Tiger Woods, there's lots of news going on right now.

And, in such a relatively short period of time, the news landscape has changed on both the broadcast and the cable fronts, including the fact that on Monday, when Diane Sawyer takes over ABC's World News, he'll be the only male evening news anchor left.

Williams (or as he's been called lately, BriWi) was nice enough to answer some questions via e-mail about his new competition and how he lets his famous sense of humor come through during a serious newscast. Finally, he gives me some insight into what he's listening to right now (if you've seen previous interviews with him, he leans more towards the college radio side).

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Diane Sawyer Bids 'Good Morning America' a Tearful Goodbye

by Scott Harris, posted Dec 11th 2009 5:10PM
After more than 10 years and 2,880 episodes as the face of morning television on ABC, Diane Sawyer woke up the nation one last time today with a heartfelt "good morning America."

Sawyer's final appearance as co-host of 'Good Morning America' was a touching send-off for the legendary anchorwoman, who leaves the show to take over the reins of the network's primetime news platform, 'World News.' Stepping in next week to fill her chair is political wonk George Stephanopoulos, whose appointment ends weeks of speculation about the future of the show.

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'Good Morning America' Says Goodbye to Diane Sawyer (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Dec 11th 2009 2:00PM
'Good Morning America' bid a fond farewell to Diane Sawyer this morning as the anchor prepared to leave the show and take over 'World News' for Charles Gibson.

Sawyer has been a fixture on 'GMA' for the past 10 years and served as news anchor for more than 2,800 shows. Her stint on 'World News' begins Dec. 21.

Watch the video after the jump.

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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.

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Chris Cuomo to Co-Host '20/20'

by Rebecca Paiement, posted Dec 10th 2009 2:03PM
This just in: 'Good Morning America''s Chris Cuomo can start sleeping in a bit later.

According to the AP
, Cuomo is leaving his morning post and heading over to '20/20,' where he will co-host with Elizabeth Vargas.

This may finally complete the shuffling over at 'GMA,' which, as we reported earlier this week, has Diane Sawyer leaving her spot to take over 'World News.' ABC executives are expected to announce Sawyer's official replacement, George Stephanopoulos, this afternoon, according to the NY Daily News.

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What 'Good Morning America' Needs to Do to Compete With 'Today'

by Scott Harris, posted Dec 9th 2009 6:00PM
For over three decades, ABC has been greeting the nation every weekday with a hearty 'Good Morning America,' and for the past 10 years, that welcome has been offered by journalistic stalwart Diane Sawyer. But with Sawyer primed to leave the show at the end of the week, will changes to the series signal the dawn of a new era in morning television -- or a final sunset for the show's aspirations?

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Juju Chang to Replace Chris Cuomo on 'Good Morning America'

by Allyssa Lee, posted Dec 8th 2009 2:36PM
In the continuing play of musical chairs at ABC News, Juju Chang has been offered the position of newsreader at 'Good Morning America,' AOL TV has confirmed.

The Emmy Award-winning Chang, who has previously served as a correspondent for ABC News' '20/20,' 'Good Morning America' and 'Nightline,' will replace former newsreader Chris Cuomo on the morning show.

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Diane Sawyer Leaving 'Good Morning America' After This Week

by Leonard Jacobs, posted Dec 7th 2009 10:55AM

Now it's official: On this morning's broadcast of 'Good Morning America,' co-host Diane Sawyer confirmed what industry wags had predicted all along: she'll leave 'GMA' at the end of this week in preparation for taking over for Charles Gibson, who leaves 'World News' on Dec. 18.

Sawyer will begin anchoring 'World News' Dec. 21, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

With Sawyer's departure from 'GMA,' there's a seat on that program left to be filled -- and late last week we reported that George Stephanopoulos, ABC News' chief Washington correspondent and longtime host of the Sunday morning news program 'This Week', has been offered the gig, although no official word has been made.

If confirmed, this will also leave a hole in 'This Week' to be filled, perhaps by Robin Roberts, next year.

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Chris Brown Apologizes to Rihanna, Insists He's Sincere on 'Good Morning America' (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Dec 4th 2009 1:15PM
In an excerpt from an upcoming '20/20' interview with Robin Roberts which aired on 'Good Morning America,' singer Chris Brown apologized for beating Rihanna, insisted that he's being sincere and indicated he fully understands the severity of his actions.

"I was wrong for what I did," Brown said, who watched and reacted to clips of Rihanna's interview with Diane Sawyer last month. "I would definitely say that it's not something I look past or look over."

Watch the video after the jump.

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George Stephanopoulos to Replace Diane Sawyer on 'Good Morning America'? (We Called It!)

by Scott Harris, posted Dec 3rd 2009 5:18PM
Former presidential adviser George Stephanopoulos is about to get a promotion to the big chair. At 'Good Morning America,' that is.

According to The Washington Post, Stephanopoulos, who did a dry run on the show back on October as a try-out, has been offered the anchor job on ABC's 'Good Morning America,' which is being vacated by Diane Sawyer on December 18. Sawyer, who herself is moving up to replace Charles Gibson as host of 'ABC's World News,' has co-anchored the show for the past ten years.

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George Stephanopoulos could be the next host of Good Morning America

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 3rd 2009 4:32PM
George StephanopoulosThe Washington Post is reporting that George Stephanopolous has been offered the co-host job on Good Morning America.

He hasn't take the job yet, but if he does he will replace Diane Sawyer, who we told you was going to take over for Charles Gibson when he vacates the anchor chair on World News. Gibson's last day will be Friday, December 18 and Sawyer's first day will be on Monday, December 21.

Part of the negotiations between Stephanopolous and the network revolve around the Sunday morning show he does now, This Week. He wants to keep that gig too while he works Monday through Friday on GMA. If he decides not to take the job for some reason, then current host Chris Cuomo could get the job (it must be odd to be the second choice even though you've done the exact job for a while). Whoever gets the spot will be co-host along with Robin Roberts.

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