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ABC Toasts Robin Roberts at a Book Party For ‘Everybody’s Got Something’

A crowd of television personalities and executives gathered at George Stephanopoulos and Ali Wentworth‘s apartment last night to celebrate “Good Morning America” anchor Robin Roberts, whose memoir, “Everybody’s Got Something,” was released today.

The memoir is Roberts’ firsthand account of her MDS diagnosis and treatment. Roberts told TVNewser she began to write the book after her return to “GMA,” using entries from the journal she kept during her recovery. When we asked if the writing process was cathartic, Roberts said the real satisfaction came when she re-read the story and realized “how strong and healthy I am.”

On hand to celebrate the book’s launch from ABC: Disney/ABC Television Group president Ben Sherwood, ABC News president James Goldston, vice president of business development Susan Mercandetti, senior vice president for talent Barbara Fedida, Barbara Walters, Diane Sawyer, David Muir, Dan Abrams, Lara Spencer, Ginger Zee, Michael Strahan, Charlie Gibson and Deborah Roberts. CNN senior media correspondent Brian Stelter and “CBS This Morning” co-host Gayle King were also in attendance.

Roberts tweeted a selfie with Spencer and Zee: “These three are gonna be a wee bit tired in the morning,” she wrote. Read more

David Gregory on the Sunday Morning Battle: ‘We Fight Like Hell’ to be No. 1

GregoryAs NBC’s “Meet the Press” approaches 67 years on the air, its host for the last six says the show needs to shake things up to remain a part of the conversation.

In a profile in today‘s Washington Post, David Gregory says a new format with a faster pace, more taped pieces and shorter interviews “delivers on the core of what ‘Meet the Press’ is,” while widening the scope.

“I’m dedicated to building something that says we’re not just thinking about politics. We’re thinking about who the real influencers are in this country,” Gregory tells Paul Farhi. The show, once dominant on Sunday mornings, has fallen to second or third in both total viewers and the A25-54 demo.

“Do I want to be number one in the ratings? Every week I want to be number one, and we fight like hell to get there. And it’s tough right now. It’s a fight,” Gregory says.

Farhi also reveals the lengths NBC has gone to get to the core of the host:

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Lara Spencer Named Co-Host of ‘Good Morning America’

LaraSpencer Lara Spencer has been promoted to co-host of “Good Morning America,” joining George Stephanopoulos and Robin Roberts, ABC News President James Goldston announced today.

“Lara is clearly an essential ingredient in the success we have enjoyed and I am so pleased to announce that Lara has been elevated to co-host of the program along with Robin and George,”  Goldston wrote in an email to staff marking the two-year anniversary of “GMA” snapping “Today’s” reign as TV news’ number-one morning show.

Spencer re-signed with “GMA” last month. “This was a simple decision,” Spencer said then. “I love what I do and I adore the people I work with. I am thrilled to be on this team and look forward to many more years.”

Goldston’s full email to staff after the jump.

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President Obama Takes Questions From White House Briefing Room

President Obama visited the White House press briefing room this afternoon to speak about the new enrollment numbers for the Affordable Care Act and take questions from the press. The broadcast and cable networks all had live coverage of the press conference, which began at 3:40pmET.

On the broadcast networks, Brian Williams anchored for NBC, George Stephanopoulos anchored for ABC and Jeff Glor anchored for CBS.

First question goes to Kathleen Hennessey of the LA Times, who asks about Ukraine.

Second question goes to Maria Pena of La Opinion, who asks about immigration reform.

Third question goes to Tamara Keith of NPR, who asks about the ACA.

Fourth question goes to Edward-Isaac Dovere of Politico, who asks about military options in Ukraine.

Fifth and final question goes to David Jackson of USA Today, who asks about problems with the ACA rollout.

The Hollywood Reporter’s Annual ’35 Most Powerful People in New York Media’

Television news executives and personalities are well represented on The Hollywood Reporter‘s annual “35 Most Powerful People in New York Media” list.

From the executive ranks: CBS News chairman Jeff Fager and president David Rhodes; NBC News chairman Pat Fili-Krushel and president Deborah Turness; and incoming Disney/ABC Television group president Ben Sherwood and ABC News president James Goldston represent the broadcast networks. On the cable side, Fox News chairman Roger Ailes, MSNBC president Phil Griffin, CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker and Bloomberg Media Group CEO Justin Smith make the list.

The main anchors for the broadcast networks — Brian Williams, Diane Sawyer and Scott Pelley — are all on the list, as well as morning anchors from each network. For NBC, it’s Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie and Willie Geist; Charlie Rose, Gayle King and Norah O’Donnell represent CBS; and for ABC, Robin Roberts, George Stephanopoulos and Lara Spencer. “Good Morning America” senior executive producer Tom Cibrowski and “CBS Sunday Morning” EP Rand Morrison are also named.

As for cable news talent, all three Fox News primetime hosts — Bill O’Reilly, Megyn Kelly and Sean Hannity — make the list. From MSNBC, Rachel Maddow, Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough; and from CNN, Anderson Cooper.

Other notable additions: Stephen Colbert, Jon Stewart, Jimmy Fallon, Bob Costas, Michael Strahan and Kelly Ripa.

TVNewser will be at the party celebrating the honorees tonight.

[Images via Hollywood Reporter]

Moment of Silence Marks First Anniversary of Boston Marathon Bombings

The first anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings was marked with a moment of silence at 2:49pmET, the time that the two bombs exploded near the finish line in 2013, killing three people and injuring hundreds more.

The broadcast networks presented special reports during the moment of silence: Brian Williams anchored on NBC, George Stephanopoulos on ABC and Scott Pelley on CBS. Pelley is in Boston, while Williams and Stephanopoulos anchored from New York.

Williams was joined by Ron Mott in Boston. ABC’s special report featured Dan Harris from Boston and former New York Police commissioner Ray Kelly, making his first appearance since joining the network.

The cable networks, which also provided live coverage of the moment of silence, have been dipping in and out of a tribute ceremony at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston since it began at noon. Fox News, MSNBC and CNN all aired Vice President Joe Biden‘s remarks live around 1:30pmET.

Read more about what the broadcast and cable networks have planned for Boston coverage this week here.

Michael Strahan Joins ‘Good Morning America’

Michael Strahan is joining “Good Morning America” as a contributor. Just like in his NFL days, Strahan emerged from a GMA tunnel, giving high fives from fans, ending at the anchor desk, where Robin Roberts announced Strahan would join the show “a couple days a week.” He’ll mostly appear in the 7am hour, so he can get back uptown to his other day job, co-hosting “Live” which airs at 9am. Just so he wouldn’t miss a hit, George Stephanopoulos gave Strahan an alarm clock. “It’s a pleasure to get up early, because you guys have been so good to us, and Kelly and I appreciate it. It’s family,” Strahan said.

Strahan’s role wasn’t defined beyond that he’ll be weighing in on certain stories. “I watch every mooring and I sit there going, ‘that’s a good point.’ Now instead of talking to the TV, I can talk with you.” The addition of Strahan comes a few days after the show added ESPN host Tony Reali to the show’s “Social Square.” WATCH:


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‘GMA’ Anchors Share Who’s Inspired Them

gma inspirationAhead of the release of Robin Roberts‘ memoir — which is about people who inspired her during her battle with MDS — the “Good Morning America” anchors shared who has inspired them this morning.

Lara Spencer talked about her father and George Stephanopoulos talked about his friend Loring Henderson, who runs a homeless shelter in Lawrence, Kansas. Ginger Zee talked about Brad Edwards, a reporter for the CBS affiliate in Chicago that suffers from a rare disease that affects his balance, and Amy Robach talked about the “GMA” viewers, who have sent “boxes and boxes” of support letters as she continues to battle breast cancer.

“I want everyone to know what an impact that has had on me,” Robach said. “When my alarm clock goes off at 4 o’clock in the morning, I’m inspired by everyone who says, ‘Go get it. You’ve got this. Fight like a girl.’”

Anchors from the “Today” show devoted a week in November to a similar topic.

Video of the “GMA” segment is after the jump. Read more

The Morning Ticker: Ingraham & ABC, MSNBC Tour, ‘Dateline’ Ratings

  • MSNBC kicks off the Growing Hope College Tour next Friday as Alex Wagner visits Texas Southern University. Wagner will host her show from University Plaza next Friday. The following Wednesday, the tour takes Rev. Al Sharpton to Morehouse College.

  • “Dateline Saturday Night Mystery” continues to score for NBC. Drawing 4.8 million viewers, the 2-hour show was the No. 1 non-sports show on the Big 4 networks in its Saturday night timeslot among viewers and the two younger demos.

Lunch with Lara Spencer & Amy Robach: Rumors, Ratings & the Revolving Door

"GMA" anchors Amy Robach and Lara Spencer show off their manicures April 1. (via @laraspencer)

“Good Morning America” anchors Amy Robach and Lara Spencer show off their manicures on the show April 1. (via @laraspencer)

It has been a busy few months at “Good Morning America.” Since December, Sam Champion and Josh Elliott have departed, Ginger Zee and Amy Robach have joined the team and Robin Roberts and Lara Spencer have extended their contracts with ABC News. Through it all, “GMA” remains steadfast in the ratings, despite the fact that both Champion and Elliott — “our brothers,” as Spencer calls them — have decamped for NBC.

As “GMA” prepares to mark two years as the most-watched morning show, TVNewser caught up with Spencer and Robach over lunch at Bobby Flay‘s Bar Americain Tuesday. They told us about their new roles on the show, how the team is really getting along, and why the “GMA” rumor mill has been in high gear the past few weeks. Before talking shop, we asked Robach, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in October, how she is feeling.

Amy Robach: I am feeling pretty darn good considering where I am in my treatments. I have two more chemotherapy rounds left – my next one is on Thursday. My final one is April 24. And then I have one more surgery in June. I’m going to work every day, and that means a lot to me mentally which I think helps me physically.

My memory is not amazing right now. It’s a little nerve wracking, feeling not mentally sharp all the time, but luckily there’s a teleprompter in front of me, and a good team that picks up any mental malfunctions I may have in the middle of a sentence or a thought.

Lara Spencer:  You haven’t missed a beat. You are radiant and smiling – she’s a rock star. She comes in, she brings her A-game. I haven’t noticed the memory at all. She’s remarkable. She’s being very modest.

TVNewser: Do you feel like you’ve processed your promotion yet? Read more

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