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(l-r) ABC News SVP James Goldston, Josh Elliott, Robin Roberts, ABC News president Ben Sherwood, George Stephanopoulos, Sam Champion, Lara Spencer, GMA EP Tom Cibrowski
More than 200 ABC News staffers packed the 5th floor newsroom this morning for a toast and celebration of “Good Morning America” breaking the “Today” show’s winning streak that lasted 16 years and 16 weeks.
ABC News president Ben Sherwood, who was executive producer of the show when it came within striking distance in 2005, gave two toasts: first to his colleagues at NBC, acknowledging the streak, and a second to his team and all those who came before, including former longtime executives David Westin, Jim Murphy, Phyllis McGrady and Shelley Ross, who was EP of the show for more than five years, beginning in 1999.
One longtime ABCNewser emailed, “The energy in the building is electric.” Sherwood, who first joined ABC News in 1989 talked about how before the streak, “We’d win a week, they’d win a week, then we’d win.” The back-and-forth ended on Dec. 11, 1995 when “Today” began its until-now unbroken 852-week winning streak. Sherwood himself jumped to NBC News in 1997 working on “Nightly News” before returning to ABC to oversee “GMA” in 2004. Sherwood talked about how many of the the show’s current staffers were in junior high or high school in 1995. News anchor Josh Elliott had just graduated from college.
More pictures after the jump…
Lara Spencer, once host of PBS’s “Antiques Roadshow,” loves a good roadside sale. And now she’s written a book about it.
So last night, designer Jonathan Adler hosted the GMA anchor and a crowd of tvnewsers and friends at his Madison Avenue store celebrating the publication of her new book “I Brake For Yard Sales.”
Spotted in the crowd: George Stephanopoulos and Ali Wentworth, Josh Elliott, ABC News President Ben Sherwood, (right, with Spencer) ABC SVP’s James Goldston and Jeffrey Schneider, ABC anchor Deborah Roberts, WABC anchor Diana Williams, Fox5 New York anchor Greg Kelly, ABC’s Dan Abrams and NBC’s Donnie Deutsch, among others.
Spencer outlines some of her tips in a Yard Sales 101 column on ABCNews.com.
New York media turned out for a Hollywood Reporter party last night. The Four Seasons was packed with the media hoi polloi for THR’s 35 Most Powerful People in Media event.
As we mentioned earlier, Fox News co-founder and chairman Roger Ailes — one of the 35 — was there. Also honored from Fox News, Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity; from NBC, News president Steve Capus, “Today” EP Jim Bell, co-anchors Matt Lauer (on the cover of the THR issue) and Ann Curry and “Nightly News” anchor Brian Williams; from CBS, News chairman Jeff Fager and News president David Rhodes, “Evening News” anchor Scott Pelley, “This Morning” host Charlie Rose and “60 Minutes” correspondent Steve Kroft; from MSNBC, president Phil Griffin, Mika Brzezinski & Joe Scarborough and Rachel Maddow; from CNN Anderson Cooper and Piers Morgan. And with the biggest group of honorees from ABC, Katie Couric, ABC SVP James Goldston, and anchors Robin Roberts and George Stephanopoulos, “World News” anchor Diane Sawyer, Barbara Walters and ABC News president Ben Sherwood.
Here’s a gallery with more images from the night.
ABC News has made it official, elevating “Good Morning America” senior EP James Goldston to senior VP for content and development, and naming “GMA” EP Tom Cibrowski senior EP of the program. Word of the shifts were first reported early last month by B&C.
In his new role Goldston will oversee all ABC News programs, as well as its EPs. He will also develop new programs for the network.
Goldston has steadily risen through the ranks at ABC since joining the network in 2004. Goldston, a former producer for ITV, is credited with breathing new life into the late night news program “Nightline,” and was rewarded with expanded oversight of other ABC News programming, including “This Week,” before adding “GMA” to his résumé.
ABC News president Ben Sherwood‘s note to staff, after the jump.
- Broadcasting & Cable reports ABC News is considering elevating “Good Morning America” senior executive producer James Goldston to “a more wide-ranging role.” The personnel change has no immediate timeline, according to B&C, but sources expect “GMA” EP Tom Cibrowski to take over for Goldston.
- FBN’s Liz Claman says she got to the anchor desk by demanding it (as the Fox Business mantra goes). “I was getting passed up to be an anchor,” Claman tells Boston.com, “and one day I stormed into my boss’ office, and I made a case to him that I should be an anchor.”
- With the help of Deepak Chopra, Dylan Ratigan has turned over a new leaf, the MSNBC host tells The Hill. “I was the angriest man in cable up to about a year ago,” Ratigan says. “I’ve long since moved to a much happier lifestyle.”
Today’s Wall Street Journal examines the narrowing ratings gap between NBC’s “Today” and ABC’s “Good Morning America,” declaring that morning television is “back in play.” The article notes that the ratings growth at second-place “GMA” comes as senior executive producer James Goldston has made a number of familiar tweaks to the program:
Earlier, GMA also began copying a number of signature “Today” segments, such as summer concert series. And last month, Mr. Goldston and the network moved GMA to a new set on the first floor of ABC’s Times Square studio so that anchors could more easily venture outdoors.
“Little by little, ‘Good Morning America’ has come to replicate what has always been the ‘Today’ show’s secret sauce—the ensemble,” says Victor Neufeld, a former executive producer of CBS’s “Early Show” and ABC’s “20/20.” “The chemistry is working,” he says, and GMA has become a “Today” alternative, “like Coke and Pepsi.”
Fox News, The Huffington Post, Current TV, Gawker, Turner Sports, CBS and CBS News, Microsoft, Granite Broadcasting, CNN.com and ABC News–twice.
These are just some of the major media companies that have partnered with Yahoo! over the last 15 years. Many of the agreements have been small ones, and some of them have been significant, but almost all have quietly ended. Some of the deals–like the one with Current TV–were dead before ever getting off the ground.
Today, ABC News and Yahoo! announced that they are partnering once more.
The first time ABC News and Yahoo! partnered on content–way back in 2000–the ambitions seemed very familiar (see quotes at the bottom of the story), and the two companies teamed up again in 2005, with a focus on video.
Joe Ruffolo, senior VP of digital for ABC News, tells TVNewser that the big difference with today’s agreement is in its scope.
“It is just a lot more, to be quite honest. We had a video relationship with them where we were giving them certain links, and live streams of breaking news events. We will obviously continue to do that,” Ruffolo says. “The real difference in this is we will be doing much more on a story-by-story basis with them.
TVNewser has obtained an ABC internal memo announcing Jay Shaylor‘s promotion to senior producer for overnight operations at “Good Morning America.”
“This is a critical role on the show in preparing us for the day ahead,” James Goldston, executive producer of “GMA,” wrote in the memo, adding that Shaylor, currently a producer for the ABC morning show, will work “to ensure that we have the best possible show ready for the morning, that all of our pieces are coming together in the right way, and that we are first on every big breaking story.”
Read the memo from Goldston after the jump. Read more
As of this morning, “Good Morning America” can call the ground floor of ABC’s Times Square building home — again.
“GMA” vacated the ground floor studio in January, only to announce last month they would return downstairs, a move senior executive producer James Goldston called “a key step as we continue to build on the relationship between the show and its audience in Times Square.” Watch Josh Elliott give a tour of the new digs: