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Sam Champion: ‘NBC Sports is a Great Opportunity for Josh’s Heart’

ChampionElliottOn his Weather Channel show this morning, Sam Champion commented on Josh Elliott‘s departure from “Good Morning America.”

“He’s a great guy and a very good friend,” said Champion of his former ABC News colleague. “What folks need to understand is just like The Weather Channel was an incredible opportunity for my heart, NBC Sports is a great opportunity for Josh’s heart.”

As we reported last night, Elliott, who has been with “GMA” for three years, will be leaving the network this week and joining NBC Sports. Champion left “GMA” for the Weather Channel in December.

“I know that fans of ‘GMA’ are not loving it. But it’s a happy day for Josh. And folks will follow him no matter where he goes.”

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Amy Robach Named News Anchor of ‘Good Morning America’

AMY ROBACHAs Josh Elliott says good-bye to “GMA,” Amy Robach has been named news anchor of the nation’s No. 1 morning show. “Amy is a world class anchor and correspondent who is beloved by our morning audience and all who know her,” ABC News president Ben Sherwood writes in a note to staff.

Robach joined ABC News in May 2012 from NBC News where she was anchor of weekend “Today.” Last September, Robach had a routine breast examination as part of a “Good Morning America” segment. That examination resulted in a breast cancer diagnosis. Robach had a double mastectomy in November, which revealed a second cancerous tumor. She has been undergoing chemotherapy since.

“We always knew that Amy was special and we have all been especially inspired to watch her battle breast cancer with grace and determination,” Sherwood writes. ”Amy will be a fierce and formidable full-time addition to our GMA team.”

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Lara Spencer to Stay with ‘GMA’

LaraSpencerLara Spencer has re-signed with ABC News. Her contract was due to expire in May.

“This was a simple decision,” Spencer said in a statement. “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.”

The show has seen the contracts of four of its five main talent come due around the same time. Sam Champion left the show in December and joined the Weather Channel. Robin Roberts re-signed with “GMA” a few week later. Josh Elliott is currently in negotiations with ABC, but could bolt for a better offer elsewhere.

Elliott joined “GMA” three years ago this month; Spencer followed two months later. A year later, “GMA” had beaten NBC’s “Today” show in the ratings for the first time in 16 years.

Spencer has been with ABC on and off since 1995, first as a reporter at WABC. She joined “GMA,” the first time in 1999 as national correspondent. “ABC has been her home for a long time, and she’s having a great ride,” a friend of Spencer’s tells TVNewser.

The Hollywood Reporter first reported the news.

The Morning Ticker: Elliott, Gallagher, Atencio…

  • Disney/ABC Co-president Ben Sherwood is hopeful Josh Elliott will re-sign with ABC News. “We love Josh. We hope Josh is going to stay for a very long time,” Sherwood tells THR. Elliott, the “Good Morning America” newsreader, is seeking a major pay raise.

  • Delia Gallagher returns to CNN as Vatican correspondent. Gallagher, based in Rome, had been CNN’s Faith and Values Correspondent in the mid-2000s. Most recently she has been Senior Editor for the magazine Inside the Vatican.

  • Fusion will air a primetime news special, #SOSVenezuela, tomorrow night at 10pmET. Fusion’s Mariana Atencio, who reported from Caracas last month, will take viewers on a journey through the streets of Venezuela with a personal look at 10 days that shook the country.

The Ticker: Elliott, Lauer, Peabodys

  • Page Six reports “GMA” anchor Josh Elliott is looking for a more than 500% raise to stay with ABC News. Elliott, who is currently making about $1.2 million, is seeking $8 million a year. ABC is willing to go as high as $4 million. The current contract expires in four weeks, says the Post.

  • Matt Lauer hosts “Prince Harry’s South Pole Heroes,” an NBC News primetime special Wednesday night that takes viewers to the South Pole. Cameras are with Prince Harry, veteran hikers, and actors Alexander Skarsgard and Dominic West to one of the harshest places on earth.

  • This year’s Peabody Awards recipients will be announced on “CBS This Morning” on April 2. Ira Glass, who will emcee the May 19 Peabody ceremony, and Charlayne Hunter-Gault, a former network correspondent, will be on the show to talk about the winners.

Networks Cover Announcement: ‘MH370 Ended in the Southern Indian Ocean’

The broadcast networks all interrupted their programming around 10amET to cover the Malaysian Prime Minister’s announcement that Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 “ended in the southern Indian Ocean.”

ABC News aired a special report with “Good Morning America’s” Josh Elliott anchoring along with correspondent David Kerley, anchor Bob Woodruff in Kuala Lumpur, correspondent David Wright in Australia, correspondent Gloria Riviera in Beijing, and contributor Steve Ganyard.

NBC News aired a special report on the broadcast network with “Today’s” Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie anchoring in New York, correspondent Bob Hager, correspondent Tom Costello in Washington, foreign correspondent Kier Simmons from Kuala Lumpur, and chief global correspondent Bill Neely in Australia.

CBS News also aired a special report with Charlie Rose and Clarissa Ward anchoring. Correspondent Holly Williams reported from Australia, correspondent Seth Doane from Kuala Lumpur, and correspondent Bob Orr from Washington, D.C.

The cable news networks also carried extended coverage of the news.

Coverage of Pres. Obama’s Statement on Ukraine

NBC News Obama special report_304x200President Obama will make a statement at 11amET on the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.

NBC News will break into NBC’s broadcast network with a special report from Savannah Guthrie with Chuck Todd reporting. ABC News will break in with Josh Elliott anchoring and Martha Raddatz and Jonathan Karl contributing. Charlie Rose and Norah O’Donnell will anchor for CBS News’ broadcast coverage.

The big three cable news networks will air the president’s statement live.

>More: President Obama spoke for five minutes, announcing new sanctions on Russian government officials and a Russian bank. He also announced an executive order that gives him the authority to impose additional sanctions on specific sectors in Russia’s economy.

President Obama Authorizes Sanctions on Russian Officials

Speaking from the White House press briefing room shortly before 11amET, President Obama announced he is authorizing sanctions against Russian officials over this weekend’s Crimea vote.

“As I told President Putin yesterday, the referendum in Crimea was a clear violation of Ukrainian constitutions and international law and it will not be recognized by the international community,” Obama said. “Today I am announcing a series of measures that will continue to increase the cost on Russia and those responsible for what is happening in Ukraine.”

The broadcast networks offered special reports, with Matt Lauer anchoring for NBC News, Josh Elliott for ABC News and Charlie Rose and Norah O’Donnell for CBS News. Fox News, CNN and MSNBC also had coverage of the President’s remarks, with Bill Hemmer anchoring on FNC, Wolf Blitzer anchoring on CNN and Chris Jansing anchoring on MSNBC.

Morning Show Ratings: Week of February 10

MorningShowNEWAs expected, the “Today” show won its first week in 18 months in both total viewers and the younger demo. But the other ratings story emerging from week one of the Sochi Olympics is that “Today’s” morning competition didn’t lose. Both “Good Morning America” and “CBS This Morning” saw their viewership grow year-over-year despite an Olympics boost enjoyed by NBC’s “Today” show.

“Today” saw the biggest growth of the three: up +30% in viewers and up +25% in the demo. ABC and CBS were each up +9% in viewers, while “GMA” was also up (+14%) in the demo. “Today” nudged longtime No. 1 “GMA” by +165,000 total viewers and +162,000 A25-45 demo viewers.

“Today’s” win comes as “GMA” and “CTM” retained nearly all of their audience from the week prior.

Compared to week one of the Vancouver games, when “Today” was still a dominant No. 1, “GMA” was up +33% in viewers and up +27% in the demo while “CBS This Morning” (in 2010 it was “The Early Show”) was up +16% in viewers and down -8% in the demo

The averages for the week of February 10, 2014:

  • Total Viewers: NBC: 6.134M / ABC: 5.969M / CBS: 3.300M
  • A25-54 viewers: NBC: 2.506M / ABC: 2.344M / CBS: 1.139M


Morning Shows Wear Red For Women’s Heart Health

Anchors and correspondents across the morning shows wore red on the air today for National Wear Red Day, which raises awareness for women’s heart health.

Among those participating: ABC’s Robin Roberts, Ginger Zee, Lara Spencer, George Stephanopoulos and Josh Elliott; NBC’s Natalie Morales, Savannah Guthrie, Al Roker and Jenna Bush Hager; CBS’ Gayle King, Charlie Rose and Norah O’Donnell; Fox News’ Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Heather Nauert and Maria Molina; CNN’s Kate Bolduan and Chris Cuomo; CNBC’s Andrew Ross Sorkin and Sara Eisen; Barbara Walters, Sherri Shepard and Jenny McCarthy of “The View” and Kelly Ripa of “Live.”

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