ABC is offering one of the most coveted positions in television news--and they may get snubbed. The Washington Post's Howard Kurtz reports
that George Stephanopoulos, host of This Week, is contemplating his company's offer of a co-host position for Good Morning America. The multimillion dollar gig has long been a springboard to ABC's top spot as the host of World News. However, the "fluffier" aspects of morning shows are not Stephanopoulos's cup of tea. Should he pass up the opportunity? Fellow media figures weigh in:
- 'Is This the Best Choice for George?' wonders James Poniewozik at Time: "It depends on what he wants, of course. If the idea is to burnish his
credentials for, say, the evening-news anchor chair down the line, it
could be, despite--no, precisely because of--the fact that GMA covers
fluffier stuff than This Week on Sundays. After all, an anchor these
days has to show range, and Katie, Charlie and Diane--not to mention Tom
Brokaw--all came from the morning."
- Good Morning America Is a Downgrade, writes James Joyner
at Outside the Beltway: "From where I sit, Stephanopoulous has the much
sweeter gig. He
doesn't," for example, "have to get up at the crack of dawn every day and he's got the
only Sunday show worth watching, getting to talk about whatever he
wants to before an audience of opinion leaders." So he thinks Stephanopoulos should pass: "aside from going from
a millionaire to a multi-millionaire, why would you give that up to do
chit-chat, tomfoolery, and salacious crap to entertain people who have
you on as background noise while they’re getting ready for work?"
- He'll Have to Leave Washington, notes Chris Rovzar at New York Magazine:"Stephanopoulos has lived and been a player
in Washington, D.C., for over a decade, since he arrived there
alongside Bill Clinton as a campaign staffer in 1992. A former
communications director for Clinton, Stephanopoulos has long been near
the heart of media and politics, and his desire to keep at least his
toes in the thick of it through The Week could reflect
reluctance to leave Washington as a whole. With his two daughters
settled there, there may be a significant amount of inertia keeping him
- The Position Isn't Even Relevant Anymore, adds James Joyner: "While I find the morning shows, save for C-SPAN's 'Washington Journal,'
insipid, they're not only tremendously popular but the primary launch
pad for the nightly news anchors. Then again, the latter job is a
relic of a bygone age."
- Don't Leave Diane! begs Dan Riehl,
revealing his awkward infatuation with Diane Sawyer, the 63-year-old morning host who's leaving GMA to host World News:
"Okay, I confess. ABC's GMA emailed me once about some blog posts of
mine. I told them they could have anything they wanted for a signed photograph of Diane Sawyer in a cashmere sweater from back in the day. heh! I don't watch it, but I don't see Georgie bringing the same things to it Diane did so wonderfully for so long."
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