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Bianna Golodryga gets her weekends back.
This morning the “Good Morning America” co-anchor signed off after four years on the show. Golodryga is joining Yahoo! as news and finance anchor. “It has been a true privilege sitting with all of you,” said Golodryga to her o-air colleagues. “I think people at home know, you can’t make this up, the friendship and the connection and the chemistry. Who else wants to wake up at 4 in the morning, unless they’re going to come in and be with people they love.”
“Good Morning America” weekend co-anchor Bianna Golodryga (far left) is leaving ABC News and joining Yahoo! News where she will be news and finance anchor.
The New York Times reports Golodryga made the move for “the opportunity to delve into more detail on topics ranging from Russia to Wall Street and everything in between.” Golodryga joined “GMA’s” weekend show in 2010. We hear she might still pop up from time to time on “GMA” since Yahoo! and ABC News are partners. Golodryga joins other recent high-profile Yahoo! hires including Katie Couric and David Pogue.
>>Update: Katie Couric is happy about Golodryga’s arrival. Read more
“Nightline” anchor Bill Weir is leaving ABC News for “another opportunity in the news business,” president Ben Sherwood announced this morning. Effective immediately, he will be replaced on “Nightline” by Dan Harris.
“Bill’s style is singular; his voice unique; and we will miss him and, yes, his turkey frying safety tips,” Sherwood wrote in a note to ABC News this morning. “I know you all will join me in thanking him for his contributions and wishing him the best.”
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In his new role, Harris will continue to co-anchor the weekend edition of “GMA” alongside Bianna Golodryga. We’re told that the announcement of Harris’ move to “Nightline” was met with long and loud applause at this morning’s editorial meeting.
Read Sherwood’s full note after the jump. Read more
- TV One has named Donna Wilson the EP of its daily news program “News One Now,” which is anchored by Roland Martin. Wilson is a former producer for CNN, as well as Dr. Phil and projects for Biography Channel.
- Tomorrow, PBS stations across the country will host American Graduate Day 2013, designed to inform viewers about education. Among those participating: NBC’s Brian Williams, Bryant Gumbel, Campbell Brown, Bianna Golodryga, Juju Chang, Rebecca Jarvis and Deborah Norville.
A holdup at a Cambridge 7-11 store around 10pm Thursday set off an all night pursuit for the suspects in the Boston Marathon blasts. By sunrise, an MIT police officer was dead, an MBTA officer was wounded, one of the suspects was dead and another suspect remained on the loose, both have been identified as brothers, originally from Chechnya, living in the Boston area. With multiple crime scenes in multiple locations, one suspect still at large, and the area in virtual lockdown, the overnight events kept local and national news crews on the air nonstop.
The first reports began coming in after 1am. Networks were cautious of not connecting the shooting of the MIT officer with the search for the bombing suspects. CNN International broke in to CNN/U.S. at 1:13am. MSNBC’s Mara Schiavocampo broke in at 1:18 with the news along with correspondent Kerry Sanders. At 1:24am Fox News’ Marianne Rafferty broke in to a re-air of “On the Record” with news of the MIT shooting.
At 2:24am, as it was becoming clear the holdup, carjacking and MIT incident were related to the blast investigation, CNN’s Jake Tapper held up his iPad to show new photos of the suspects that he’d been emailed.
ABC’s overnight show World News Now kept viewers up to date throughout the night with help from affiliates. George Stephanopoulos anchored his first special report for ABC at 4:30am. NBC’s Lester Holt anchored an NBC News special report around 3:30amET and CBS News broadcast a special report at 4:40am with Anne Marie Green.
More, 8:27am: CNN’s Jake Tapper and John Berman, anchoring coverage, are talking to a Cambridge Rindge & Latin High School friend of 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the suspect still on the loose: “To think he’s capable of something like this is beyond belief.”
More: 8:35am: A Fox News is trained on a home in Watertown, MA where local and FBI officials have guns drawn. “Our cameraman is being told to back off,” said Brian Kilmeade.
FNC’s Griff Jenkins was near the firefight last night and this morning explained his rental car “is in the middle of the crime scene.”
More, 9:12am: On CNN, via an interview with CBS owned station WBZ-TV, the uncle of the brothers says his 19-year-old nephew had called another relative last night after his older brother was killed and said, “Forgive me and from now on we will be together.” After reporters apologized to him, the uncle added: “I’m sorry too, if he did this, I’m sorry too. I can’t believe it. It’s so crazy. It’s not possible. When I heard this on TV news, I was thinking how can it be like this?”
Update: ABC and CBS have expanded their morning shows beyond 9am as the manhunt for the 19-year-old suspect continues. NBC’s 9am hour of “Today” is also devoted to the breaking news. At one point, new ABC News correspondent Byron Pitts was reporting live as police officers moved him and other reporters away from an active location. A police officer could be heard telling the reporters: “Come on. Let’s go. Off the sidewalk, please. Around the corner.”
More, 9:35am: ABC showed what it called exclusive video of a bullet-riddled SUV being taken away by investigators. Brian Rossreported: “Our cameraman caught a shot of that car being towed away, a Mercedes SUV that the two brothers hijacked — carjacked at a gas station in Cambridge near Memorial Drive.” Explosive devices were reportedly thrown from car by the suspects. The driver was released by the brothers, unharmed.
More, 10:50am: All networks have their cameras trained on a neighborhood in Watertown, MA. CNN has said it is putting programming on a 5-second delay as local and federal authorities have their guns drawn imploring media to stay back.
More, 12:24pm: On CNN, correspondent Deborah Feyerick reported that, after being pushed back from an area in Watertown, police are now allowing reporters to return to their original positions closer to the search scene.
More, 1:45pm: ABC’s Bianna Golodryga, who speaks fluent Russian, spoke to the father of the two bombing suspects, Anzor Tsarnaev, on three separate occasions today. Tsarnaev, who lives in Russia, tells Golodryga that neither the U.S. government nor the Russian government has contacted him at that time.
More, 2:09pm: Anderson Cooper cuts away from remarks from the suspects’ aunt in Toronto, who claims her nephews are innocent. “Clearly she is in a state of denial or not really aware of the whole impact of what has happened here, what is going on,” Cooper said. Megyn Kelly comes to the same conclusion on Fox News: “That’s the aunt,” she said.
ABC has added up the pledges for “Good Morning America’s” part in the Disney-wide “Day of Giving.” As of 11:30am it stands at $8.34 million, which includes a $3M match from Samsung. That also includes a pledge from Barbara Walters for $250,000. In announcing Walters’ gift, George Stephanopoulos then pledged $50,000 of his own hard-earned dollars. Walters, right, with WABC anchor Bill Ritter and GMA Weekend anchor Bianna Golodryga, was among those taking phone pledges this morning.
“Good Morning America” weatherman Sam Champion is planning to tie the knot with his partner Rubem Robierb later this year. The pending nuptials will be reported in a Sunday New York Times column (online now) about last weekend’s wedding of MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts and Patrick Abner.
Among the 170 or so guests at the reception was Sam Champion, the weather anchor at ABC’s “Good Morning America.” He took a turn on the dance floor with his partner, the photographer Rubem Robierb. “We’re getting married New Year’s Eve in Miami,” Mr. Champion said in the spirit of the moment. Mr. Robierb corrected him: “We’ll do it here officially, and then have a party in Miami.”
On Twitter this afternoon Champion wrote, “I’ve never been happier to share a bit of personal news!!” Champion and Brazilian-born Robierb split time between New York and Miami. New York is one of six states and the District of Columbia to have legalized same-sex marriage.
> More: The well-wishes are coming in on Twitter:
Diane Sawyer: and everybody here celebrating Sam’s happiness RT:@SamChampion never been happier to share a bit of personal news!
Ben Sherwood: Congratulations @SamChampion & Rubem Robeirb — thrilled for both of you — wishing the very best.
Bianna Golodryga: Congratulations Sam!!
Josh Elliott: Congrats, to the best friend and colleague imaginable…
George Stephanopoulos: So happy for you @SamChampion – A big family hug from me, @AliEWentworth and the girls!
Just a few days after giving birth to a baby boy, Bianna Golodryga and newborn Jake visited “Good Morning America” via Skype over the weekend. “I do have to say I’ve been in a daze. I have no idea what’s going on in the news, so thank God I was watching the show this morning!” Golodryga joked to her co-anchors. Watch:
ABC’s Bianna Golodryga and her husband, Peter Orszag, are new parents to Jake Spencer Orszag.
Baby Jake was born on yesterday at 12:12 p.m. He weighs in at 6 pounds, 10 ounces. An ABC News spokesperson tells us Golodryga, the ABC News business correspondent and “Good Morning America” weekend anchor, and her son are both doing well.
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