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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.”

Sherwood’s note after the jump…

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Amy Robach Inspires at NLGJA Gala, Plus a TV News Selfie

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ABC’s Amy Robach lit up the room last night as host NLGJA’s Healdines & Headliners event. Robach, who has three more chemotherapy treatments in her fight against breast cancer told the crowd that we all have battles to face, but it’s how you fight that will determine the win.

“Until it hits you here,” she said to the crowd, pointing to her heart, “you don’t really know what it’s like to be in battle. And once you get in there and get your hands a little bloodied and you see your comrades next to you, you become so powerful.” Robach told us the support she’s gotten since her diagnosis in November has been nothing short of overwhelming.

Robach, accompanied by her husband Andrew Shue, was among 300 attendees, including dozens of TV news anchors, reporters and producers who turned out for at the annual event. “They gave me the night off,” said CNN’s Richard Quest who has been front and center for the network’s Malaysia Airlines coverage.

MeredithVieiraAmyRobachWe chatted with Shepard Smith who was trading Miami stories with his former local news colleague, now Weather Channel meteorologist Bryan Norcross. And there was a cross-network, lead-in pairing as CNN’s Noon anchor Ashleigh Banfield was accompanied by MSNBC’s 1pm anchor Ronan Farrow. Farrow told us he’s getting more comfortable each day hosting his “Ronan Farrow Daily.” The cable news newbie says he’s getting good advice from TV veterans.

Tamron Hall told us she’s still adjusting to her new schedule. The new 9am “Today” show co-host is now doing double morning duty with her MSNBC show at 11am, giving her about 45 minutes to prepare for the second show. “I have very good producers who make sure it comes together,” Hall said.

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Amy Robach Hosts Headlines & Headliners

AMY ROBACHTonight is the annual NLGJA Headlines & Headliners benefit in New York City.

ABC’s Amy Robach is the host for the night. And unless breaking news gets in the way — as it did last night — here’s who’s scheduled to attend: ABC’s Gio Benitez and Mara Schiavocampo; from CBS, Erin Moriarity and Michelle Miller; NBC’s Meredith Vieira, Natalie Morales and Chris Jansing.CNN’s Ashleigh Banfield, John Berman, Don Lemon, Jeanne Moos and Michaela Pereira; Fox News Channel’s Jamie Colby and Shepard Smith; Melissa Francis and Gerri Willis from Fox Business; also MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts, Bloomberg’s Trish Regan, CNBC’s Simon Hobbs and many more.

The event raises awareness of LGBT issues and raises funds for NLGJA programs and scholarships.

‘Good Morning America’ Heading to The Oscars

GMA OscarsThe 86th annual Academy Awards will air on ABC Sunday night at 8:30pmET, with red carpet festivities beginning at 7pmET.

Sunday morning’s “Good Morning America” will air reports from ABC News entertainment correspondents Chris Connelly and Rachel Smith from the red carpet outside the Dolby Theatre.

On the big night, Robin Roberts and Lara Spencer will co-host “Oscar’s Red Carpet Live” alongside PEOPLE and Entertainment Weekly Editorial Director Jess Cagle and TV host Tyson Beckford.

The morning after, “Good Morning America” will air live from Los Angeles, recapping the night’s highlights and big winners. Musician John Legend will be performing live on the show.

ABC’s sister-network Fusion is also getting in on the Oscars action, with Alicia Menendez hosting Vanity Fair’s Oscar Party red carpet.

Not to be outdone, NBC’s “Today” will be covering the big awards ceremony, with Al Roker and Kathie Lee Gifford split hosting from Los Angeles on Monday morning. The duo will highlight the night’s biggest moments and best fashion as well as air their interviews with celebrities from the red carpet.

Joining them will be the Olympic duo of Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinsky, who will also be contributing to NBC’s “Access Hollywood” from the red carpet. Weir and Lipinsky just got back from contributing to NBC’s Sochi Olympics coverage.

Amy Robach Might Need a Different Sochi Wardrobe

RobachA cute Facebook post from ABC’s Amy Robach, who continues reporting from the Sochi Olympics while in between chemotherapy treatments for breast cancer.

Laying with a fan blowing against her, Robach expressed disbelief on the weather.

“Is this really the winter games… It’s 60 outside and about 80 in our studio on the roof!! And I only brought wool sweaters and fleeces. Time to improvise!”

Robach debuted a new short haircut on “Good Morning America” last month, which she decided to do to “take control” of her cancer.

Who Do These TVNewsers Pick to Win the Super Bowl?

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Sports commentators have been making their picks for two weeks, so TVNewser rounded up some network anchors and reporters to get their picks for Super Bowl XLVIII.

“I like the Broncos by 7,” “Special Report” host Bret Baier predicts. “Peyton Manning is too tough- even with Seahawks D. It’s an interesting match-up and for that matter- so is Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers at halftime!”

“Happening Now” host Jenna Lee agrees. She’s picking the Broncos “There’s simply no other choice.” Lee knows her football. Her dad played in two Super Bowls for the Minnesota Vikings. “I can NOT have a morose and despondent co-anchor on Monday morning.” Colorado native Jon Scott is a MAJOR Broncos fan.

But “America’s Newsroom” host Bill Hemmer is going against his colleagues: “Peyton Manning is once in a generation, it would be great if he wins another Super Bowl. But it seems everyone is going with Denver because of him. Which can only mean one thing: Seattle wins. Fair and Balanced.”

“Who do I want to lose more?” is the way MSNBC’s Steve Kornacki is looking at it. “As a Patriots fan, I’m torn. The Broncos beat my team and I can’t cheer for Peyton Manning, but I still remember when Pete Carroll inherited a great Patriots team from Bill Parcells and ran it into the ground.”

Kornacki’s call: “I’ll take an ugly game that reflects poorly on both teams and ends with Manning getting sacked in the end zone in overtime for a 2-0 Seattle win.”

ABC News correspondent Amy Robach, who is currently undergoing chemotherapy as she fights breast cancer, is rooting for Seattle “for one reason…”

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Amy Robach to Host Annual NLGJA Benefit

AMY ROBACHABC News anchor Amy Robach will host the NLGJA’s annual spring benefit in New York — this year on the first day of spring, March 20. ABC News is also the presenting sponsor of this year’s event which will be held at the Prince George Ballroom. The benefit brings together more than 300 journalists, executives, educators and students who support the mission of fair and accurate coverage of LGBT issues.

“Headlines & Headliners continues to be one of the premiere media events in New York, and we are incredibly pleased to welcome Amy as our host,” said NLGJA President Jen Christensen. “Amy has inspired us not only as a journalist, but also through sharing her brave battle with breast cancer and the importance of early detection.”

Robach was diagnosed with breast cancer last fall after undergoing a mammogram as part of a “Good Morning America” story. She continues chemotherapy even as she plans to cover the Sochi Olympics for “GMA.”

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Amy Robach Cut Her Hair to ‘Take Control’ of Cancer

Amy Robach's New HaircutABC News correspondent Amy Robach, who is currently undergoing chemotherapy as she fights breast cancer, debuted a new short haircut on “Good Morning America” this morning. Robach noticed her hair was falling out and decided to preemptively cut it to “take control,” she writes on the “GMA” website:

Waiting and watching my hair fall out made me once again feel so powerless and so I decided to take control.  I made my appointment and then after receiving so many letters, cards, emails and tweets from women who were in my exact same position, I decided to record the cut. I wanted other women to know they are not alone.  I wanted my sisters to know that being brave is the only way to live with cancer… and today I feel powerful.

Robach debuted her new haircut and shared an update on her health on “GMA” this morning. Watch after the jump. Read more

The 10 Biggest TV News Stories of 2013

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How to describe a year in which TV news had more turnovers than Pepperidge Farm? Business as usual.

The dramatic departures and arrivals of A-List talent weren’t the only big story of 2013, of course. Two new networks launched. Fox News made some major changes in its prime-time lineup. Serious health issues affected at least three anchors. And CBS’s venerable ‘Sunday Morning’ continued to kick ass on the Sabbath.

Herewith my choices for TV news’ Top 10, in no particular order:

Open mouth, insert foot.

Hosts Martin Bashir and Alec Baldwin both left MSNBC after making what could charitably be called offensive comments.

On his November 15 broadcast, Bashir suggested that someone should defecate in the mouth of ex-vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin because of remarks she had made about slavery. Instead, it was Bashir who was forced to eat doo-doo. He resigned Dec. 4.

Actor-activist Baldwin hit the bricks Nov. 26, two weeks after he was caught on video calling a paparazzi a ‘cocksucking fag.’ His weekly show, ‘Up Late,’ lasted exactly five episodes. Maybe replacing ‘Lockup’ was bad karma.

Lara’s theme.

Ace ’60 Minutes’ correspondent Lara Logan was forced to take a leave of absence after her October 27 piece on the Benghazi attack was discredited. Politico says she’ll return early next month. CBS isn’t talking.

A CBS internal inquiry labeled Logan’s report ‘deficient in several respects.’ Among them: Over a full year’s reporting, she and her team somehow missed the fact that her major source, security contractor Dylan Davies, was a liar. Oops.

In a dubious distinction, Logan’s story led to ‘60’ winning Poynter’s Error of the Year award. If you call that winning.

A pair of newbies.

While other networks endured layoffs, two new cable channels debuted — Al Jazeera America on August 20 and Fusion on October 28.

AJA hired hundreds of journalists and staff – including many from U.S. networks. Among them: CNN chief business correspondent Ali Velshi, its first big-name hire; CNN International’s Joie Chen; MSNBC exile David Shuster and NBC’s John Seigenthaler.

AJA, whose corporate parent is based in Qatar, boasts 12 domestic bureaus and three broadcast centers. It reaches about 48 million homes.

Fusion, a joint production of Disney-ABC and Univision, features news and pop-culture fare targeted at English-speaking millenials. Based outside of Miami, it represents Univision’s first major foray into English-language programming.

Would you like your anchors scrambled or poached?

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Amy Robach Will Undergo Chemotherapy

Amy Robach visited “Good Morning America” this morning, three weeks to the day after she underwent her double mastectomy, for an update on how her breast cancer treatment is going. “Physically, I feel remarkably well,” she said. “Mentally, it’s another challenge, because that was phase one … that’s the first step, but the next couple ones are going to be tougher.”

During the first surgery, Robach’s doctors found a second malignant tumor. They also discovered the cancer has spread to her lymph nodes, which is why she will undergo four months of chemotherapy starting December 16. “I’m going to work through it,” she said. “I saw Robin [Roberts] do it. I know how strong you were and you give me strength, Robin, because it is important to get up and have something to do each day.” Watch:

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