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Miss America Returns to ABC, With TV News Anchors in Tow

DCProductionsGretchen Carlson, Robin Meade, Phyllis George, and Paula Zahn are just a few of the TV news names who owe some of their early success to the Miss America Organization.

As the Pageant returns to ABC Sunday night, the organization is looking ahead to next year and a new partnership with dick clark productions. The collaboration will include work on all creative, marketing, sponsorship, ticketing and distribution elements for the organization.

TVSpy spoke with Sam Haskell, chairman and CEO of the Miss America Organization, to get his take on the new deal, plus what’s in store for Sunday’s 60th anniversary show.

What made you want to collaborate with dick clark productions?

Sam Haskell: Well, they’re one of the leading suppliers of live TV coverage in the country. Also, I represented Dick Clark 25 years ago when I was an agent, and I’ve worked with the company on many different types of programming. When Mark Bracco left ABC to join dick clark productions, I knew we’d be in good hands.

What changes can we expect for next year’s Miss America pageant?

Haskell: There won’t be very many changes to the actual broadcast. The changes will be behind the scenes, it will be more about the brand and using multiplatform programming to spread the word. We’ll be going on college tours, promoting our education issues like getting young women involved in STEM (Science, Tech, Engineering and Math). Miss America is so much more than a two hour telecast. Our partnership with dick clark productions will focus primarily on year- round branding work. Of course, we’ll be working very closely with them on the telecast as well, which I’m sure will be full of surprises.

Will there be any surprises on this Sunday’s show?

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ABC to Debut ‘Good Afternoon America’ July 9th

ABC today made official what was reported several weeks ago: the new extension of “Good Morning America” will debut on July 9th and run for nine weeks on most ABC stations.

“Good Afternoon America” will be hosted by Josh Elliott and Lara Spencer, with the rest of the “GMA” team making occasional appearances on the show, which will air at 2 p.m. ET.

As TVNewser notes, “GAA” will essentially serve as summer filler but, if it performs well, it has a shot at becoming a permanent part of the daytime schedule. Read more

Returning to Her Roots, Lara Spencer Joins ‘GMA’

Lara Spencer is returning to her roots. The former WABC reporter and one-time “Good Morning America” correspondent is joining “GMA” as a “lifestyle anchor.”

In an email to staff, ABC News president Ben Sherwood announced that Spencer was coming home.

“Lara will bring her well-known and much admired versatility and vitality to a broad range of ‘GMA’ stories,” he wrote. “Lara grew up at WABC-TV where she made her name covering features and hard news including the death of Princess Diana and the crash of TWA 800.”

Before her time at “GMA,” and eventually “The Insider,” Spencer spent several years as a reporter for WABC in the 90s. During her time at WABC, the station featured a daily lifestyle report titled “Life Around Here with Lara Spencer.” Read more at TVNewser