We are Team Technology News Career Blog However, ratings sharply declined when Gibson also left the show to make way for Kevin Newman on May 1, To improve Good Morning America s ratings performance, which briefly fell to third place among the morning shows in January , ABC News management selected Shelley Ross from the field of executive producer candidates. On January 18, , the Gibson-Sawyer team paired by Ross debuted on-air, which during the first full season resulted in a dramatic increase in viewership while all other network news franchises saw losses.
The new location made it possible for the program to feature a live audience inside the studio, similar to the "Window on the World" set used by Today. Good Morning America began originating entire shows from unique locations, which, according to Nielsen Media Research , resulted in more people watching the program and for longer periods of time.
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Viewership during this time increased by nearly 1 million households, and revenue soared. Although Today remained the top-rated morning news show, the Sawyer, Gibson and Ross team inched close, creating a viable rival.
According to Linda McLoof, executive director of news research at ABC News from to , "When Shelley left, her viewing momentum was initially sustained, but a season later, the audience began to decline. It is like passing the baton in a relay race. Roberts had previously served as a regular substitute for Gibson and Sawyer when either of them were on vacation or on assignment.
On November 3, , Good Morning America celebrated its 30th anniversary with retrospectives on and clips from the show s history and by decorating Times Square. Former co-hosts Hartman and Lunden, along with former meteorologist Spencer Christian , were among the guests of honor. Hartman signed off the show that day with his trademark close: On December 2, , weather anchor Tony Perkins left the program after six years.
The last ten minutes of that day s edition were dedicated to Perkins, during which he gave thanks to one of the show s producers and a heartfelt goodbye to anchors Gibson, Roberts and Sawyer. Perkins left the program to return to his family in Washington, D. He affectionately said to his young son on-air, "Connor, if you re watching, daddy s comin home. Gibson left Good Morning America for the second time on June 28, That day s edition was dedicated to his 19 years as anchor of the program and celebrated his new role as anchor of ABC World News. Gibson ended his tenure at GMA by stating, "For nineteen years, my mornings have been not just good—they ve been great.
In August , Chris Cuomo was named news anchor while continuing his anchoring duties on the newsmagazine Primetime and serving as ABC News s senior legal correspondent. Both Cuomo and Champion began their respective duties on the program on September 5, , when Good Morning America instituted a new graphics package and new news area for Cuomo to report headlines.
The following week, on September 13, , the program introduced a new logo —this time with gold Avant Garde font on a blue background, which bears a resemblance to the original Good Morning America logo that was used up to early On June 29, , the program s longtime film critic Joel Siegel died of complications from colon cancer at age One month later, on July 31, , Robin Roberts announced that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer after discovering a lump in her breast during a self-examination while preparing the Siegel tribute episode. Roberts remained as anchor while undergoing chemotherapy and completed radiation treatments on March 28, On October 22, , Good Morning America introduced a new on-air graphics package.
Using much of the design features of its former graphics, it went from a basic blue background to a more orangish-gold setting.
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The program s opening changed from the camera s zooming in on the hosts while introducing the host to an opening with new music by the New York City-based music production company DreamArtists Studios and a background with the Good Morning America logo descending onto the frame. It also changed its news ticker and time-and-temperature bug for the first time in years.
The ticker featured an orange background with a modified ABC News logo as a breakpoint for each headline. The bug still featured the time and current local temperature to the left, but with an orange backdrop with an alternate "GMA" logo and the ABCNews. On January 15, , during an interview with Diane Sawyer on the program, actress Diane Keaton commented on Sawyer s physical attractiveness, stating that if she had lips like Sawyer s, "then I wouldn t have worked on my [expletive] personality!
The tour s first telecast stop was in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. Representatives for ABC News stated that it wanted to return the show to the original male-female anchor format. On December 10, , Stephanopoulos was announced as Sawyer s replacement, with Juju Chang replacing Cuomo as newsreader; the changes took effect four days later on December In April , the anchor desk in the studio was relocated back in front of the window overlooking Times Square, where it had been when Good Morning America moved to the Times Square Studios facility in ; the news desk was also moved in front of a window.
On May 3, , the program debuted new "light blue and sunny" graphics, and new theme music by DreamArtists Studios. An entirely new set for the program was introduced on January 31, ; the monitor used for national weather segments used mainly during the 7: This was the first major set change since the show upgraded to high definition in November In the summer of , Good Morning America decided to vacate the second floor of the Times Square studios, which overlooked Times Square, due to cost issues.
On September 6, , the program began broadcasting from an entirely new studio set located on the first floor ground level of the Times Square studios. The main "window" behind the presenters in the new set, which also shows a view overlooking Times Square from an above-ground level, is actually a back-projection, although there are several real windows used in other parts of the set. Amid declining ratings at Today in the aftermath of reports of Matt Lauer s alleged role in Ann Curry s departure as co-host though ratings had been in a steady decline for that program during Curry s co-hosting tenure , viewership for Good Morning America increased starting in The program beat Today for the first time in 16 years during the week of April 9, , ending that program s streak of consecutive weeks as the most-watched network morning news program, by a margin of 31, more viewers than the NBC program.
On August 30, , Roberts went on medical leave after undergoing a bone marrow transplant donated by her sister and fellow news anchor SallyAnn Roberts following her diagnosis with myelodysplastic syndrome.
Others, including some celebrities, also served as special guest anchors during this time such as Kelly Ripa , Jessica Simpson , Barbara Walters and Elisabeth Hasselbeck. On January 14, , Roberts announced that she hoped to return to the program sometime that February; Roberts performed dry run rehearsals during the week of January 21 in preparation for her return; she and her doctors evaluated her body s reaction to the makeup, the lighting, her hair, and the number of people she comes in contact with to avoid compromising her then-gradually-improving health.
Roberts returned to Good Morning America part-time on February 20, ;  she announced in August that she would return to full-time hosting duties on September 3 of that year. In , GMA won its first May sweeps ratings period in 18 years. He was succeeded the following day by Ginger Zee , who had been serving as meteorologist for the weekend editions of GMA and was also appointed to Champion s former position as weather editor for ABC News. In early April , several media reports speculated that Michael Strahan would be joining GMA as a contributing anchor, while maintaining his co-host duties on Live!
Strahan s new position was confirmed on April 15, , when he was introduced to the audience as the new contributing anchor on the program. On April 18, , Lara Spencer was promoted to co-anchor effective immediately, receiving top billing on the program alongside Roberts and Stephanopoulos.
He made his debut on the program on September 15, On November 19, , the program celebrated its 40th anniversary, with all the main anchors and most of the news and weather anchors returning to join the celebration and share their stories. Clips from all 40 years were shown. On April 19, , Strahan announced that he would be leaving Live! On September 6, , Michael Strahan began his run as official full-time co-host of the program along with Roberts, Stephanopoulos, and Spencer.
A new title sequence was debuted not including Spencer s name. The first hour focuses on the news of the morning anchored by Roberts, Stephanopulos, and Strahan.
Zee does segments of the weather and Robach reads the morning headlines. The second hour is in the second floor studio and is taped in front of a live studio audience. It focuses on "soft news" and entertainment. It is anchored by the four main co-anchors including Spencer and features guests and talk show panel discussion.
In April , it was announced that Spencer would cut back on her hours on GMA from five days a week to three to focus on her own projects. Though not exactly like GMA it was more of a talk show format, with guests and interviewing them and also topics of current events, with Rivera ending the show with commentary.
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