- The Los Angeles Times talks to FBN anchor Lou Dobbs about how he’s slimmed down since his CNN days: “There were two periods when I lost control of my weight: when I was part of the team building CNN in 1980, and the other time was building the CNN financial network in the late ’90s. In both instances I became so consumed with everything I was doing, I rationalized that I didn’t have time to exercise and my weight really ballooned up. My life has been a course of gaining weight and fighting it off.”
It has been quite a year for Roberts, who returned to “GMA” in February after undergoing a bone marrow transplant from her sister, New Orleans anchor Sally-Ann Roberts, in 2012. In September, as Roberts celebrated her “first birthday” after the transplant, “Good Morning America” won its first season in 19 years.
It will be the final “Most Fascinating” special for Walters before she retires next year. Walters will reveal her most fascinating person of the year and take a look back at past years for the special, which airs on December 18.
Others who made the 2013 list: Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, NSA whisteblower Edward Snowden, Miley Cyrus, Jennifer Lawrence and Prince George, the first child of Duchess Kate and Prince William.
“New Day” anchor Chris Cuomo defended himself against scrutiny that he shouldn’t have interviewed his older brother New York Governor Andrew Cuomo this morning about yesterday’s tragic train derailment in New York City.
“Obviously I did the intv because it was non political, and frankly, I invite the criticism—because it exposes the hollowness of a lot of what is out there,” Cuomo emailed The Daily Beast. “Critics say my intv was no diff than any other and then criticize anyway,” adding, “Think about that. I get the obvious suspicion, but the media has to do better than simply cater to the obvious…and pawn off negativity as a proxy for insight.”
Among those catering to the obvious…
“CBS Sunday Morning” delivered 6.01 million viewers for the month, its best November Sweep delivery since the advent of people meters in 1987.
The Charles Osgood-hosted program finishes the November Sweep as the top Sunday morning newscast. The show delivered its best November Sweeps audience since 1994 in households and since 2009 in the A25-54 demographic. Compared to last November, “Sunday Morning” is up +12% in total viewers, +8% in households and +7% in the demo.
The success of “Sunday Morning” gave a lead-out boost to “Face the Nation,” which had its best November Sweep delivery in more than 25 years.
In a few short years, Ginger Zee has gone from local meteorologist to weather anchor of the nation’s No. 1 morning show. With Sam Champion‘s departure from ABC, Zee will take over his weather responsibilities at “GMA” and across ABC News.
“Honored & humbled for my new opportunity at @GMA,” Zee tweeted this morning.
Zee, who has her AMS seal, joined ABC News two years ago from NBC-owned WMAQ in Chicago where she spent 5 years. Before that, Zee was at WOOD-TV in Grand Rapids and WEYI in Flint, MI.
In his note to staff this morning, ABC News president Ben Sherwood writes, “Ginger always rushes straight toward the eye of any storm and weaves cutting-edge science with human emotion to elevate our coverage.”
Sam Champion will bid farewell to “Good Morning America” on Wednesday, but today he’s getting well wishes from his “GMA” family. Champion had the day off today — in fact he was off for the better part of November, on his honeymoon in Brazil.
Champion has been with “GMA” since 2006 and with ABC for 25 years. He’s moving to The Weather Channel where he will be managing editor and host a revamped morning show in the New Year.
Need more than 140 characters Twitter allows to express how I feel about @SamChampion. True friend & more. Excited for his new chapter. XO
— Robin Roberts (@RobinRoberts) December 2, 2013
First on TVNewser: Sam Champion, weatherman for ABC’s “Good Morning America” is leaving ABC and joining the Weather Channel. It’s the first talent departure at the No. 1 morning show in more than two years.
Champion, an ABC veteran, has been “Good Morning America’s” weather anchor since 2006. He joined ABC 25 years ago as weather anchor for WABC in New York.
Champion will be the face of the Weather Channel and also be the network’s managing editor. Beginning in the New Year, he’ll anchor a morning show that on many days will be hosted remotely.
“This is such an exciting opportunity,” Champion tells TVNewser. “It’s a dream job for a weather junky like me.”
Champion will be back on the show tomorrow morning and will sign off on Wednesday. “Robin, George, Lara and Josh are the best friends and colleagues you could hope for,” Champion adds. “I’ll always cherish the two and a half decades at ABC.”
The Weather Channel is part-owned by NBCUniversal, so don’t be surprised if you see Champion turn up on NBC News programs from time to time. He’ll also continue to host “Sea Rescue,” a weekly syndicated educational and informational program.
As Champion says goodbye, TVNewser has learned Robin Roberts is close to signing a deal to stay with ABC News.
> More: ABC News president Ben Sherwood‘s note to staff, and the Weather Channel release after the jump.
Jim Lovell, an audio technician for “Today,” was one of the four victims in Sunday’s Metro North train derailment. Lovell worked for PRG, a media services company that frequently works with NBC, and was part of “just about every big concert we ever had on our plaza,” Matt Lauer said on the show this morning.
“He was not only a skilled technician but also one of the nicest guys you ever met,” executive producer Don Nash wrote in a note to NBC staffers Sunday night. “…He always had a smile on his face and was quick to share a friendly greeting.”
Read Nash’s full note after the jump. Read more
On tonight’s “60 Minutes” Charlie Rose interviewed Amazon.com founder and CEO Jeff Bezos and got an update on the business as it prepares for its biggest day of the year: Cyber Monday. Rose got a tour of Amazon’s Seattle headquarters and even got a fist look at how Amazon plans to stay on the cutting edge. If all goes as planned, in 4 or 5 years drones called Octocopters will fly packages directly to your home within 30 minutes. Rose was as surprised as his viewers when Bezos showed him the drones. “I had no idea what his purpose was,” says Rose in a “60 MInutes” Overtime video WATCH:
The early morning derailment of a Metro-North train in the Bronx has kept New York’s local station in continuing coverage, pre-empting most of the network’s Sunday public affairs programs. The 8 cars of the Grand Central-bound commuter train derailed as it rounded a bend, approaching the Spuyten Duyvil station killing four people an injuring more than 60 others.
Fox News reported the news at 8:17, CNN reported it at 8:29, and MSNBC at 8:53.
“CBS Sunday Morning” and “Face the Nation” were pre-empted in New York, as was ABC’s “This Week” and NBC’s “Meet the Press.” In New York, “This Week” will air on WABC at 1pm. MSNBC will re-air “Meet the Press” at 2pmET.
NBC tells us for “Nightly News” they have Tom Costello on the scene with the latest on the investigation, Katy Tur will report on victims and those injured and Kristen Dahlgren will take a look at how holiday weekend travel will be affected.
> Update: One of those killed, 58-year-old Jim Lovell of Cold Spring, NY, worked as a writer and sound designer and was heading to Manhattan to work on preparing the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting Tuesday night.