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ABC Considering Midday Newscast?

The NY Observer’s Felix Gillette reports that ABC News execs have been considering a “midday news and lifestyle program that would be one part ‘Good Morning America,’ one part ‘The View.’” From the NYO:

How ABC stations would fit the new show into their daytime line-up remains unclear–and it’s still a strong possibility that the project will fizzle out long before it ever makes it onto the air. That said, according to our sources, ABC News executives have had preliminary discussions with internal and external candidates about what a midday news show might possibly look like.

Two names rumored for the gig: Ashleigh Banfield, who as we reported recently joined ABC News with a vague set of future responsibilities, and Tamron Hall, who’s been a prominent dayside anchor on MSNBC. MSNBC had no comment. ABC SVP of creative development Phyllis McGrady is said to be overseeing the project.

More: A knowledgeable source tells us “there’s nothin’ doing” with regards to any midday newscast.

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