ABC to tap Stephanopoulos as co-anchor of "GMA"

Wed Dec 9, 2009 5:38pm EST
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - ABC News plans to announce on Thursday that George Stephanopoulos will become an anchor of "Good Morning America" in a long-expected change that sees Diane Sawyer step up to head the U.S. network's nightly news.

Stephanopoulos, 48, is a former political adviser to the administration of President Bill Clinton. After leaving the White House, he took roles co-hosting ABC News coverage of political events and appeared regularly on ABC News shows.

He is expected to keep "This Week," his Sunday news program, "for the foreseeable future", one source said on Wednesday.

Stephanopoulos will begin his role on "Good Morning America" (GMA) on December 14.

Robin Roberts will remain co-anchor at GMA, mow the second most-watched morning news program in the United States behind NBC's "Today."

Media reports have said Chris Cuomo, GMA's news reader, is leaving and will be replaced by JuJu Chang. The Washington Post reported Cuomo, son of former New York Governor Mario Cuomo, will move to co-anchoring the ABC news magazine "20/20."

News programs are among the more lucrative shows put on air by the networks. ABC is owned by The Walt Disney Co.

Sawyer will begin solo anchor duties at ABC's "World News" on December 21, replacing Charles Gibson, who said he would step down in September.

Sawyer joins Katie Couric of the "CBS Evening News" as a female anchor of a major U.S. broadcaster's nightly news.   Continued...