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Juju Chang Moving To ‘Nightline,’ ESPN’s Josh Elliott To Become ‘GMA’ Newsreader

Breaking: Changes are afoot at ABC’s “Good Morning America,” as Juju Chang will soon leave the program to join “Nightline” as a correspondent and fill-in anchor, while ESPN “SportsCenter” anchor Josh Elliott joins the morning show as its newsreader.

The changes are the first major moves since James Goldston took over as senior EP of “GMA” in February.

“In her new position, Juju will play a leading part in a number of the 13 primetime hours that Nightline will produce this summer,” wrote ABC News president Ben Sherwood in an email to staff. “She will also make major contributions to 20/20, World News and GMA – as she has throughout her 23 year career at ABC News.”

The news was first reported by the NY Post.

Elliott will join fellow ESPN alum Robin Roberts on the morning show, along with ESPN reporter Erin Andrews, who contributes regular pieces to the program. Both ESPN and ABC are owned by the Walt Disney Company.

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2011 Gracie Award Winners Announced

The Alliance for Women in Media (formerly American Women in Radio and Television) has announced its  2011 Gracie Allen Award winners for “programming created for women, by women, and about women.” Awards will be presented in Los Angeles in May.

Among the national TV news winners, NBC/MSNBC led the pack with four nods.  Here’s a breakdown:

  • At NBC News, Meredith Vieira was named Outstanding Anchor-News, and Anne Thompson, Outstanding Reporter. Awards also went to the “Today” show for Outstanding Breaking News Coverage (Reporting from Haiti) and to MSNBC for Outstanding Hard News Feature (The Assassination of Dr. Tiller).
  • CNN/HLN netted three nods:  CNN for Outstanding Investigative Program or Feature (Sold on Craigslist) and Outstanding Special or Variety (CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute), and HLN for Outstanding Series (Breakthrough Women).
  • CBS News received two Gracies. Katie Couric won Outstanding Host-News/Non-fiction, and “60 Minutes” was cited as Outstanding Interview Program (Interview with Kathryn Bigelow).
  • Also of note: former GMAer Joan Lunden was honored for Outstanding Talk Show-Entertainment/Information for her “Taking Care with Joan Lunden” program on Retirement Living TV, and former CBSer Hannah Storm earned a nod for Outstanding Producer-News/Non-fiction for her work on ESPN.

Sean Payton Joins ESPN's Super Bowl Coverage

With Super Bowl XLV less than two weeks away, ESPN is ramping up their roster of analysts. Their latest addition is New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton, who will appear on ESPN three days leading up to the big game.

Payton will appear on a SportsCenter Special next Thursday at 3 p.m. ET, SportsCenter Special: The Champions (featuring every ESPN NFL analyst at the Super Bowl with a championship ring) next Friday at 3 p.m. ET and part of the network’s coverage hours before kick-off on Super Bowl Sunday. Read more

Sportsman Channel Recruits Senior Vice President/Creative Director

The Sportsman Channel – All Fishing. All Hunting. All the time. – taps Michael Magnotta as its new senior vice president/creative director. He departs Versus, following his former boss Gavin Harvey who is Sportsman’s CEO.

Harvey had some nice things to say about his once and future charge:

“Michael brings tremendous experience, insight and creativity to Sportsman. He is one of cable TV’s most accomplished creative executives, winning dozens of industry awards for outstanding work ranging from tune — in promos to show opens to network rebrands. Michael was an invaluable leader during the extensive and complex process of repositioning, renaming, and rebranding Outdoor Life Network (OLN) to VERSUS. He will make a powerful contribution to our position as the category leader.”

Before jumping into the sports world, Magnotta served as the creative director at Bravo and the Independent Film Channel.

Lakers Will Defeat Heat In Finals According To SI

According to Ian Thomsen of Sports Illustrated, the Los Angeles Lakers will defeat the Miami Heat for a third straight NBA championship.

Thomsen made his prediction in the Sports Illustrated 2010-11 NBA preview issue, which hits newsstands on Wednesday:

In the Finals it’s the champion Lakers who control the matchups. Pau Gasol, [Chris] Bosh will be reminded, is the best power forward on Earth; Kobe Bryant has the edge at shooting guard until [Dwyane] Wade proves otherwise; Ron Artest’s mauling defense can stymie even [LeBron] James. Derek Fisher is a better clutch option than any of the Heat’s role players and if Andrew Bynum is healthy – a big if, based on his ¬history – Miami’s Big Three will have no answer for L.A.’s Large Three of Bynum, Gasol and sixth man Lamar Odom.

Despite the Lakers going for a threepeat in SI’s eyes, Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder got the love by appearing on the cover … with Nenad Krstic and Thabo Sefolosha.

Jeff Green and Russell Westbrook must be really camera shy or weren’t available when this cover was shot. While they are decent role players, Krstic and Sefolosha are hardly the two guys you think of when you think about the Thunder. Read more

Daily News Honors John Wooden On 100th Birthday

In honor of what would have been John Wooden‘s 100th birthday, the Los Angeles Daily News constructed a panel of reporters that covered the legendary UCLA coach over the years for a discussion on his life and coaching career.

Steve Bisheff, Joe Jares, Jill Painter, Ron Rapoport and Kevin Modesti discussed Wooden’s life for nearly an hour, reflecting on the “Wizard of Westwood.”

I would say his greatest contribution is his wisdom and his Pyramid of Success,” said Painter, a columnist for the Daily News, on Wooden’s legacy. “And we have so much still from his wisdom of all these quotes and maxims that he had, ‘Make each day your masterpiece,’ and the beauty of it is that everybody … I mean my sister has his Pyramid of Success in her classroom, she uses it. She doesn’t coach basketball, she uses it with her kids. His wisdom can be used, and is, from the CEO of Starbucks to me, to you, to children in his children’s books.”

While we all know Wooden as the greatest college basketball coach of all-time, most people forget that he was also one helluva basketball player during his era.

He was the Michael Jordan of his time,” said Bisheff, a former sports columnist at the Orange County Register. “They considered him that.”

Wooden died of natural causes on June 4 at the age of 99.

NYT Reporter Complains Media Focuses on Marathon Match, Writes Article About Marathon Match

In June, John Isner battled Nicolas Mahut in the longest match in Wimbledon history. The pair played for more than 11 hours with the American winning 70-68 in the fifth set.

As Isner is learning, participating in a historical match like that will follow you for a long time. There are many issues. The toll it takes on your body. The bond he shares with Mahut. The constant questions at press conferences two month removed from the event. The fact that you’ll always be the guy who won the longest match in history.

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“Early” Victory in Raleigh

Sometimes it pays to travel. The Early Show broadcast from Raleigh, NC on Friday. And the hometown crowd loved it. According to CBS, “Early’s” ratings in Raleigh on CBS affiliate WRAL were up 230% (7.6 rating/22 share) from the previous Friday (2.3/7).

Good Morning America also saw an uptick in the Raleigh/Durham/Fayetteville market. On WTVD, GMA was up 40% (7.3/21) from the week before (5.2/17). “Today” on NBC affiliate WNCN was down 42% week (1.9/6) to week (1.1/3).

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