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As Today Widens Gap, Questions Arise About GMA

In a story that is primarily about the Today show’s morning dominance, the NYTimes’ Bill Carter also talked with insiders about Today‘s nearest competitor, Good Morning America and their star anchor Diane Sawyer.

Carter writes, a “network news executive, who has worked with Ms. Sawyer, said she had never gotten over losing out — twice — on the job of ABC evening news anchor, most recently when it went to her former “Good Morning America” co-host, Charles Gibson.”

“She is so angry at the company,” said the executive, who requested anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue inside ABC News. “They didn’t give her the job she deserves. They want her to stay in this job because it makes so much money. But to her it’s boring, it’s repetitive, and it’s cheesy to have to do all the things she has to in service of the company.”

ABC News president David Westin disputes that assessment. “Hey, I get angry sometimes. But I have never seen Diane Sawyer more committed to the show.”

Related: Q2 2008 Morning Show Ratings

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