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Sawyer and Stephanopoulos To Lead ABC’s Debate Coverage

ABC News has announced its coverage plans for the three Presidential and one Vice Presidential debates. Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopoulos will be anchoring the network’s coverage from 9-11 PM on debate nights. Joining them will be Jake Tapper, David Muir, Jonathan Karl and analysts George Will, Matthew Dowd, Nicole Wallace, Donna Brazile and Austan Goolsbee.

In addition, “Nightline” at 11:35 will have a post-debate wrap up, featuring highlights and more analysis.

Online, debate coverage will be anchored by Amy Walter and Dan Harris from 8-11:30 PM, and will be available on ABCNews.com, all of the network’s apps, Yahoo! News and on YouTube.

More information below.
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‘Good Morning America’ Snags First Weekend Win

As ABC’s “Good Morning America” widens the lead over NBC’s “Today,” the show celebrates a new milestone. Last weekend, for the first time since the show expanded to include both weekend days in 2004, both the Saturday and Sunday editions of “GMA” beat the corresponding editions of “Today.”

“GMA” topped “Today” on Saturday and Sunday in both ratings measurements, coming in first on Saturday and second, behind ratings stalwart “CBS Sunday Morning,” on Sunday. On Saturday, “GMA” won by +300,000 Total Viewers and +100,000 A25-54 viewers. On Sunday, during “Today’”s celebration of the weekend show’s 25th anniversary, “GMA” won by +140,000 Total Viewers and +38,000 A25-54 viewers.

“We have a small, scrappy, happy team and it’s nice to do well,” weekend “GMA” anchor Dan Harris told TVNewser this week. “We definitely respect our competitors and don’t take anything for granted.”

Numbers for Saturday, September 15:

  • Total Viewers: ABC: 3.42M / NBC: 3.12M / CBS: 1.59M
  • A25-54 viewers: ABC: 1.19M / NBC: 1.09M / CBS: 517K

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Dan Harris Spends 48 Hours Reporting From Solitary Confinement: ‘Two of the worst days of my life’

Earlier this year, ABC News’ Dan Harris had an idea.

“I had been reading about all of the controversy surrounding solitary confinement, and the fact that it’s been subject to congressional hearings an UN reports,” Harris told TVNewser. “I thought it was a really important story, because we have 80,000 people locked up in solitary in this country.”

Harris and a team of producers began reaching out to jails with solitary confinement facilities across the country, trying to persuade them to allow Harris in to report for “Nightline.” The Denver County Jail was one of the only in the country to agree, and in June, Harris packed his bags for two days as a solitary prisoner.

“I was somewhat cocky going in, I have to say. I assumed that 48 hours without a Blackberry, without phone calls, without having to do any work, would be uncomfortable but mildly pleasant because I would relax,” Harris told TVNewser. “It turned out to be probably two of the worst days of my life.” Read more

ABC’s 20/20 Scores with Lotto Show

Those Mega multi-millionaires in Kansas, Illinois and Maryland aren’t the only ones who scored Friday night.

ABC’s special “20/20″ anchored by Barbara Walters and all about the ups and downs of being a lottery winner, scored the best demo numbers for the show in more than two years.

“20/20″ was also the night’s #1 show in the A18-49 and A25-54 demos. The show, complete with a count-down clock to the live 11pmET Mega Millions drawing, including reports from Dan Harris, Jay Schadler, John Berman, Nick Watt and Cecilia Vega.

While “20/20″ scored with younger viewers it came in second to CBS’s “Blue Bloods” in Total Viewers: 10.6 million vs. 6.9 million for “20/20.” However ABC did beat its newsmagazine competition “Dateline NBC” by more than 2.3 million viewers.

ABC News Stars Assemble for Photo Shoot

Just about anybody who is on ABC News was in a photo studio on Manhattan’s West Side this morning for what ABC News president Ben Sherwood calls a one-of-a-kind photo shoot. “Never in the history of the industry has there been a photo like this,” said Sherwood to his team, according to someone who was there. “It is a real Mt. Olympus shot,” he added.

Among the ABC News talent on hand Diane Sawyer, Barbara Walters, Katie Couric, Christiane Amanpour, George Stephanopoulos, Robin Roberts, Sam Champion, Lara Spencer, Josh Elliott, Cynthia McFadden, Bill Weir, Terry Moran, Bianna Golodryga, Dan Harris, Ron Claiborne, Chris Cuomo, Elizabeth Vargas, Bob Woodruff, John Quinones, David Muir, Brian Ross, Jake Tapper and Rob Nelson.

Expect to see the photos in marketing a promotional materials on air and online, soon.

In The Middle of His Wedding, the King of Bhutan Stops to Chat With ABC’s Dan Harris

ABC News reporter Dan Harris, in Bhutan for the wedding of King Jigme Khesar to commoner Jetsun Petma, had what he called a “King and I” moment at the royal nuptials.

Harris, who was in the crowd at the wedding with a camera, was approached by the King, who wanted to know if the reporter was enjoying his stay and if it was his first time in the country. (“Always cool under pressure, I smoothly let my camera drop to the ground,” Harris writes on the ABC News website.) Watch at the 2:00 mark below:

‘GMA’ Weekend Anchors Perform ‘Don’t Stop Believing’ on Broadway

As part of the “Good Morning America” Rock & Roll Challenge, weekend anchors Bianna Golodryga, Dan Harris and and Ron Claiborne performed this week on Broadway. The trio — Golodryga as the lead singer, Harris on the drums and Claiborne on the sax — performed Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing” after Thursday night’s performance of “Rock of Ages” in front of a sold-out 55o people. Watch:

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Broadcasters Plan Special and Extended Newscasts ahead of Hurricane Irene

“NBC Nightly News” is going to expand to an hour tonight. As we mentioned earlier, Brian Williams will anchor from the Jersey Shore, which is under a mandatory evacuation as Hurricane Irene approaches. NBC News has the resources of the Weather Channel, and is planning to use Bryan Norcross and Jim Cantore in the broadcast as well as seven NBC News correspondents stationed up and down the East Coast.

ABC’s “World News with Diane Sawyer” will include reports from Weather Editor Sam Champion and a team of correspondents. Tonight’s “Nightline” will be all about Irene, with an updated West Coast version. And on Sunday, George Stephanopoulos and Robin Roberts will anchor a special 3-hour edition of “Good Morning America” from Times Square beginning at 7am. “GMA” weekend anchors Dan Harris and Bianna Golodryga also report.

CBS’s Scott Pelley will be in for “Evening News” tonight anchoring from Battery Park City, which is in Zone A of the NYC evacuation zone. He’ll be back Sunday morning for a special 11amET newscast when the storm is expected to be over the Tri-State area. This follows “Sunday Morning” and “Face the Nation” which will also cover the storm.

Paris Hilton Walks out on ABC Interview

Alleged famous person Paris Hilton walked out of an interview with ABC News’ Dan Harris this week. The question that caused the walk-off? Whether or not her “moment” had passed, and if she was past her prime. Harris appeared on “Good Morning America” to talk about the incident, and Hilton:

Hilton would eventually return and finish the interview with Harris. More of the interview will air tonight on “Nightline.”

Former WaPo, HuffPo Journalist reveals he’s an Illegal Immigrant

Jose Antonio Vargas, the former Washington Post and Huffington Post reporter has revealed he’s in the U.S. illegally.

ABC News’ Dan Harris has interviewed Vargas and his story will be featured tomorrow on “World News with Diane Sawyer” and on “Nightline.”

Vargas’s mother sent him from the Philippines to live with his grandparents in Mountain View, CA when he was 12 years old. He didn’t realize he was undocumented until, at 16, he went to get his driver’s permit and was denied. He eventually got a valid driver’s license from the state of Oregon — the final barrier to being hired by The Washington Post. A year after joining the Post, in a 2006 interview with FishbowlDC, Vargas talked about owning just one suit, given to him by his high school principal whom he calls his “adoptive mom.” Vargas was a part of the WaPo team that won the Pulitzer Prize for their coverage of the 2007 Virginia Tech shootings.

Vargas knows he could be deported, but is speaking out now to fight for the DREAM Act which was reintroduced in the Senate last month. Vargas has co-founded the group DefineAmerican which is pushing for comprehensive immigration reform.

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