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‘Good Morning America’

An Overview

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Title: Good Morning America

Anchors:

Previous Anchors:

    Diane Sawyer (1999 – 2009)
  • Charles Gibson, Diane Sawyer and Robin Roberts (2005-2006)
  • Charles Gibson and Diane Sawyer (1999–2005)
  • Kevin Newman and alternating subs Elizabeth Vargas, Cynthia McFadden, Connie Chung (1999)
  • Lisa McRee and Kevin Newman (1998–1999)
  • Charles Gibson and Lisa McRee (1997–1998)
  • Joan Lunden and Charles Gibson (1987–1997)
  • David Hartman and Joan Lunden (1980–1987)
  • David Hartman and Sandy Hill (1977–1980)
  • David Hartman and Nancy Dussault (1975–1977)

News Desk: Juju Chang

Previous News Reporters:

  • Chris Cuomo (2005 – 2009)
  • Robin Roberts (2002–2005)
  • Antonio Mora (1998–2002)
  • Kevin Newman (1997–1998)
  • Elizabeth Vargas (1996–1997)
  • Morton Dean (1993–1996)
  • Mike Schneider (1989–1993)
  • Forrest Sawyer (1988–1989)
  • Jed Duvall (1987–1988)
  • Kathleen Sullivan (1985–1987)
  • Steve Bell (1975–1985)

Weather forecaster: Sam Champion (1996 - present)

Good Morning America Weekend Edition Anchors:

  • Bill Weir
  • Kate Snow
  • Marysol Castro

Format: News/talks program. Show begins with anchors delivering headlines at news desk, moving to individual interviews in a more traditional daytime talk show setting.

Broadcast information: Broadcast live from Times Square Studios in New York City, weekdays 7 a.m. to 10 a.m.; Saturdays and Sundays, 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.

Premiere Date: Nov. 3, 1975.

Brief History

ABC’s first foray into a morning news program began with A.M. America, a program that borrowed heavily from the popular NBC program, The Today Show. The show never caught on and barely attracted an audience, so the network shopped around for something different.

What they found was a local program in Cleveland that was airing in place of A.M. America. Called The Morning Exchange, the show featured news and weather at the top and bottom of the hour, but filled the rest of the program with feature stories delivered in a lighter fashion from a set that looked more like a living room than a news room.

ABC used an episode of The Morning Exchange as a pilot for a new kind of morning show – and it was a hit. Good Morning America was born, with David Hartman and Nancy Dussault delivering the warm and fuzzy news.

Over the years, the show has moved closer to its competitors’ style – but the same can be said of Today, with its warmer sets and focus on light-hearted delivery and easygoing manner.

GMA enjoys strong ratings today and is considered a leader in morning programming.

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