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The Ticker: Cibrowski, Day, White House

  • The Huffington Post’s Michael Calderone talks to a number of White House correspondents, who say that while they are troubled by the actions of the Administration with regard to journalists, they won’t be staging a protest or walkout anytime soon.

Morning Show Battles to Heat Up with Summer Concerts

“Good Morning America” is out with its Summer concert lineup, complete with #hashtags. The 2013 Summer Concert Series kicks off May 24 at Central Park’s Rumsey Playfield with:

May 24 – Mariah Carey – #GMAMariah
May 31 –Pitbull – #GMAPitbull
June 7 –Little Mix and Emblem3 – #GMALittleMix / #GMAEmblem3
June 14 – Carly Rae Jepsen – #GMACarlyRae
June 21 – John Legend – #GMALegend
June 28 – Demi Lovato – #GMADemi
July 5 – Imagine Dragons – #GMADragons
July 12 – OneRepublic – #GMAOneRepublic
July 19 – Jennifer Lopez – #GMAJLo
July 26 – Selena Gomez – #GMASelena
August 2 – Ne-Yo – #GMANeYo
August 9 – Kenny Chesney – #GMAKenny
August 16 – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – #GMAMacklemore
August 23 – The Wanted – #GMATheWanted
August 30 – Alicia Keys – #AliciaGMA

The “Today” show, which has yet to release its lineup, originated the concept of televised concerts on Summer Fridays 18 years ago. “GMA” began its concerts in 2002, setting off a booking and ratings battle. Here’s an email I received from a morning show executive when the Summer concerts kicked off in 2011: “Lady Gaga failed to deliver the goods for GMA last Friday… in an epic battle of summer concert kickoffs, Rihanna & TODAY were victorious.”

In “Top of the Morning,” Brian Stelter reveals that last Spring “GMA’s” concert booker departed, leaving the show with “B- and C-level acts like Robin Thicke and the Beach Boys and a lot of blank space on its schedule. While Usher was kicking off the summer concert series on Today, GMA unveiled a summer lineup with six Fridays listed as ‘TBA.’ “They really must love this band ‘TBA,’” [Today EP] Jim Bell said in a email.”

“We are proud and excited about this incredible lineup,” Senior Executive Producer Tom Cibrowski tells TVNewser about the 2013 series. “Our entertainment team worked unbelievably hard to set up the best Summer ever on GMA.”

‘GMA’ at No. 1: ‘If You Spend a Long Time at No. 2, You’ll Never Stop Being Scrappy’

It was a year ago this week that ABC’s “Good Morning America” learned it had unseated “Today” as the leading network morning show. While “GMA” has gone on to win most weeks since, the race is still tight. That’s why ABC News president Ben Sherwood tells his team to play like they’re still behind.

In a B&C cover story, Sherwood tells Andrea Morabito, “My message to them repeatedly is when you knock the champs down who’ve been champs for 16-17 years, they get back up and they throw even tougher punches.”

“GMA” Senior EP Tom Cibrowski doesn’t think the morning shifts are over yet. He’s spent most of his 10 years with the “GMA” in “Today’s” shadow: “I think if you spend a long time at No. 2, you build those genes, the DNA becomes part of your structure that you’ll never lose, you’ll never stop being scrappy, you’ll never stop looking at your show as coming from behind.”

ABC News Promotes Eric Avram and Santina Leuci

ABC News has promoted a pair of executives charged with wrangling tough interviews. Eric Avram has been promoted to Senior EP of division-wide interviews, reporting to ABC News president Ben Sherwood. In that role Avram will be in charge of interviews for ABC’s Medical, Business and Law & Justice teams as well as the Woodruff unit and the investigative units.

Santina Leuci, “Good Morning America’”s chief booker, will become executive editorial producer, while retaining her “GMA” duties. She will continue to report to “GMA” senior EP Tom Cibrowski.

Avram has been the man charged with booking big guests for many of ABC’s primetime specials. As the network moved away from paying for interviews via license fees, it has been able to book big guests by promising maximum exposure on multiple platforms and shows. Leuci has been at the forefront of “GMA’”s revival, particularly during Robin Roberts‘ absence from the program, when a number of big names stepped in to help fill her shoes.

Sherwood’s note to staff, after the jump.
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‘Good Morning America’ Inducted into B&C Hall of Fame

In addition to overtaking “Today” as the #1 morning show, ABC’s “Good Morning America” earned another distinction this year. Monday night, the show was inducted into the B&C Hall of Fame.

Longtime anchors Charlie Gibson and Joan Lunden (left) were in attendance representing all anchors of the show. ABC News president Ben Sherwood accepted the award and dedicated it to Robin Roberts, who is still recovering from bone marrow transplant surgery. Senior EP Tom Cibrowski and ABC SVPs James Goldston and Barbara Fedida attended.

In an email to his staff, obtained by TVNewser, Cibrowski writes the award comes, “After 37 glorious years on the air! More than 20,000 hours of broadcasting, a distinguished group of wonderful journalists and hosts, and thousands of us behind the scenes working every day to get on the air with one of America’s top brands.”

ABC News Launching ‘GMA Live’ Web Show

ABC News is launching a live daily web show tied to its “Good Morning America” franchise. The 15-minute program “GMA Live,” will stream on goodmorningamerica.com and ABCNews.com at 9:15 AM every weekday starting on Monday, Dec. 10, and will be available on-demand afterward.

Anchors and contributors will vary day to day, but Josh Elliott, Lara Spencer, Sam Champion, Elizabeth Vargas and Amy Robach will all take turns hosting.

“This is a chance for our gang to put their feet up and bring everyone backstage right after we get off the air,” said “GMA” senior EP Tom Cibrowski in a statement. “We are going to have a great time pulling back the curtain a bit.”

The content of the after-show isn’t entirely clear, though it sounds like it will expand on stories mentioned in the TV program itself. “Isn’t it too bad there is just two hours of “GMA” in your mornings?” says a voiceover in an ad for the show. The Barnes & Noble Nook has signed on as the launch sponsor of the digital series.

Sam Champion, Lara Spencer and Josh Elliott Put On Another Kind of Show

“Good Morning America” anchors Sam Champion, Lara Spencer, and Josh Elliott hosted a gallery opening in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan last night showing the works of Champion’s fiance Rubem Robierb.

Among the guests: “Live” co-host and former New York Giant Michael Strahan, MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts, ABC News SVPs James Goldston and Barbara Fedida and “GMA” Senior EP Tom Cibrowski and super agent Olivia Metzger.

Cibrowski told us he called it an early night on Tuesday. “Once I saw the 10 O’clock states come in, I kind of knew what to expect,” Cibrowski tells TVNewser. “And I had to be up in a few hours to get ["GMA"] on.”

Back at Times Square Studios, the lights had not yet gone out. Elliott told us he felt slightly guilty about the power outage which happened just before 11pmET. Stationed outside the studio in a 30 degree chill, the electricity used to light and heat his live shots may have caused the outage inside. “It’s completely dark,” recounted Elliott as he looked up to the second floor of the studio. “And I hear in my ear, ‘We’ve lost the lights, we need you to stretch.’” ABC elections EP Marc Burstein kept the network on the air by utilizing Elliot, reporters in the field and shuffling Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopoulos in another part of the studio until the lights came back.

Back to last night’s show, Champion couldn’t have been more proud of Robierb, while facing the prospect that many of the works would soon have new homes. “I hope no one buys that one,” said Champion of the $10,000 lithograph at the front of the gallery. “That one’s been in the living room.”

A portion of the proceeds from last night’s sales from The Bullet-Fly Effect will be donated to the American Red Cross.

The Ticker: MSN, Baier, Colbert

  • Now that Microsoft has separated itself from MSNBC.com (save for a content-sharing arrangement), one of its first orders of business is to launch a new news operation, according to Mashable. “Staffers in Redmond, Wash. and New York will be responsible for 24/7 news coverage, largely made up of short, 300 to 500-word ‘news bites,’ and supplemented by content from Reuters and AP. ‘We’re going to look to take on other content partners as well,’ he added.”
  • Over the weekend we noted that CNN is launching a swing state series courtesy of contributor John Avlon. Turns out that FNC’s Bret Baier has had a regular segment since July of this year called ‘Counties that Count,’ and it sounds an awful lot like the one CNN is launching. As it happens, Baier is also in Colorado this week anchoring his program, where he will be doing his segment.
  • Tomorrow morning is the day that Comedy Central host Stephen Colbert serves as a guest co-ahost on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” Says “GMA” EP Tom Cibrowski:

 

Robin Roberts’ Mother Passes Away At 88

“Good Morning America” co-anchor Robin Roberts lost her mother yesterday. Lucimarian Roberts passed away in Mississippi at the age of 88. Roberts–who left “GMA” after yesterday’s show to be with her family–was by her side when she died.

“It is with deep regret and heavy prayer and reflection tonight that I write to tell you of the passing of Robin’s beautiful and inspiring mother, Lucimarian,” “GMA” EP Tom Cibrowski wrote in an email to ABC staff this morning. “Robin arrived home with her sister Sally-Ann, forging through flooded and blocked roads to be with her beloved Mother in time to see her.”

On “GMA” this morning, Diane Sawyer joined the program to help remember Lucimarian.

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Next week, Roberts returns to New York to begin preparations for a bone marrow transplant to treat her MDS.

Robin Roberts to Interview President Obama

ABC “Good Morning America” co-anchor Robin Roberts will interview President Obama today at the White House. The interview will air tonight on “ABC World News,” “Nightline” and tomorrow morning on “GMA.”

The interview comes as the general election campaign heats up between President Obama and GOP challenger Mitt Romney. In addition, yesterday there was a pair of big news stories to come out of statewide elections, with GOP Senator Dick Lugar losing his primary in Indiana, and the state of North Carolina voting to ban gay marriage.

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Related: “GMA” senior EP Tom Cibrowski talks to AdWeek about beating the “Today” show:

What’s going to change now that you’re in charge?

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