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Scene Stealer: 'Terminator Salvation' - Los Angeles Times
To achieve this, visual effects supervisor Charles Gibson coordinated two film crews working over multiple locations to compile all the elements of the scene. "This sequence was extremely complicated," Gibson says. The shot begins on a back lot in...
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Charles Gibson may be the Oscar-winning son of an actor, but he didn't win those little gold men in front of the camera. Gibson, son of longtime actor Henry Gibson, has made his mark in the special effects industry for over 20 years....
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Couric, Gibson falsely claim "no member" of Congress offered to ... - Media Matters for America
SUMMARY: Katie Couric and Charlie Gibson both falsely claimed that "no member" of Congress wanted detainees from Guantánamo Bay transferred to prisons in their districts. In fact, at least two have made such an offer. During the May 20 broadcasts of...
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Nonetheless, Gibson wondered on the May 20 World News: “What's the problem here? We have, as Jake mentioned and Senator Feinstein said on the Senate floor, we have terrorists in US prisons, so why not the guys from Guantanamo?” Well, Charlie, I think...
ABC's Gibson Toes White House Line About How It Will 'Save or ... - Business Media Institute
The May 11 broadcast of ABC's “World News with Charles Gibson” cited a report from the President's Council of Economic Advisors claiming the stimulus would “save or create”1.5 million jobs by the end of 2009. “Meanwhile, a new report estimates the...
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Charles Gibson


Charles "Charlie" deWolf Gibson (born March 9, 1943) is the anchor of ABC World News with Charles Gibson, the network's flagship evening newscast.

He became anchor on May 29, 2006, when the program was known as ABC World News Tonight. He also anchors the 5 p.m. EST Information Network weekday newscast on ABC News Radio. Under Gibson's leadership, ABC World News beat NBC Nightly News for the first time in several years. The two programs have now been in a dead heat, taking turns at the top among household viewers and the 25–54 age group prized by advertisers.

Gibson previously co-anchored ABC's Good Morning America for a span of 19 years; first from February 1987 to May 1998, then again from October 1999 to June 2006.

Born in Evanston, Illinois, Gibson moved to Washington, D.C., when he was 12. He attended the Sidwell Friends School, a private college-preparatory school in the city. In 1965, Gibson graduated from Princeton University, where he was news director for the university radio station, WPRB-FM and a member of Princeton Tower Club. He now serves on Princeton's Board of Trustees. Originally, Gibson planned to go into law, but he was turned down by many institutions as it was determined his grades were not sufficient for top tier law school work. Gibson joined the RKO Radio Network in 1966 as a producer, but then switched gears given the Vietnam War, joining the Coast Guard and working as a reporter/anchor for WLVA (now WSET) in Lynchburg, Virginia as one of five employees. He then moved to WMAL-TV (now WJLA) in 1970, and took a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities in 1973 before joining ABC in 1975.

During the 1970s and 1980s, Gibson covered the House of Representatives and the White House for ABC News. Prior to anchoring ABC's morning show, Gibson worked as a reporter for World News Tonight with Peter Jennings. He sometimes co-anchored World News when Peter Jennings was reporting on location. He also occasionally substituted for Ted Koppel on Nightline. In 1998-1999, he was a co-anchor on the Monday edition of 20/20 with Connie Chung. On October 8, 2004, he moderated the second presidential debate between George W. Bush and John Kerry.

As moderator for the April 16, 2008 Democratic debate in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, which was televised by ABC, Gibson along with co-moderator George Stephanopoulos was criticized in the Washington Post and other media outlets for his selection of insubstantial, "gotcha"-style questions.

His interview on September 11, 2008 with Sarah Palin, the 2008 Republican Vice Presidential nominee, was her first after being named John McCain's running mate. This interview received criticism of bias from conservative commentator Charles Krauthammer.

Charles Gibson began anchoring ABC World News Tonight regularly after long-time anchor Peter Jennings’ treatment for lung cancer forced him off the set in April 2005. On August 7, 2005, Gibson announced Jennings' death and the following day anchored World News Tonight, eventually being offered the job. Even though he was a leading choice to replace Jennings, Gibson couldn't agree with ABC News president David Westin over how long he would stay in the chair. Elizabeth Vargas and Bob Woodruff were then chosen to be Jennings' permanent replacements on December 5, 2005, when they were actually both interim reporters.

With Bob Woodruff's severe injury in Iraq on January 29, 2006 and Vargas' announcement that she was pregnant, some critics questioned whether Vargas could sustain the program on her own, pointing to falling ratings. In March 2006, The New York Post's Cindy Adams reported that Gibson would become Woodruff's "Temporary Permanent Replacement" on WNT. On May 23, 2006, Gibson was named sole anchor of WNT, effective May 29, 2006, after Vargas announced her resignation from the show; she cited her doctors' recommendation to considerably reduce her workload due to her upcoming maternity leave, and her wish to spend more time with her new baby. She would return to anchor 20/20. During the summer of 2006, the show's title was changed to World News with Charles Gibson. According to the New York Times, he had been scheduled to leave ABC News on June 22, 2007, but stayed on to anchor the newscast.

Gibson's wife Arlene is an educator who recently retired as Head of School at the Spence School in New York. She has also held positions at other schools in New York and New Jersey, and was the head of the middle school at the Bryn Mawr School in Baltimore in the 1980s. She is a trustee at her alma mater, Bryn Mawr College.

Gibson has two daughters, Jessica and Katherine. On March 14, 2006, Jessica gave birth to Gibson's first grandchild.

On May 17, 2006, Gibson delivered the commencement address at Monmouth University's Class of 2006 graduation ceremony held at the PNC Bank Arts Center in New Jersey. He was also presented with an honorary doctorate in humane letters.

On June 17, 2007, Gibson delivered the commencement address to the class of 2007 at Union College's 213th graduation ceremonies. Gibson received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters during the ceremony, as well as a framed copy of his father's 1923 College yearbook entry. His father, Burdett, grew up in Schenectady, New York and graduated from the College in 1923. Gibson contributed an estimated $75,000 to Union College to help create the Burdett Gibson Class of 1923 Scholarship, which will be awarded annually to a deserving student in need.

Gibson donated $85,000 to Shenandoah University in Winchester at the request of his high school girlfriend, Dolores Pearse. She wanted him to establish the Pearse Gibson II Music Scholarship Fund in memory of his brother, who died in early 2006.

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Charles Gibson (historian)

Charles Gibson (1920–1985) was an American ethnohistorian who studied the Nahua peoples of colonial Mexico. His most significant works are Tlaxcala in the Sixteenth Century (1952) and The Aztecs Under Spanish Rule (1964).

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World News with Charles Gibson


World News with Charles Gibson (previously known as World News Tonight, often called ABC World News Tonight, also often abbreviated as WNT, and known as World News on weekend editions) is the flagship news program of the American Broadcasting Company in the United States. Currently, the weekday editions are hosted by Charles Gibson, Saturdays by David Muir, and Sundays by Dan Harris.

ABC first began a nightly newscast in fall 1953 with John Charles Daly as anchor of the then-15-minute John Charles Daly and the News. Daly, who also hosted the CBS game show What's My Line? contemporaneously, anchored the news until 1960 with multiple hosts and formats succeeding him. Anchors during the early 1960s included John Cameron Swayze (formerly of NBC), Howard K. Smith, Bill Lawrence, Bill Shadel, Fendall Winston Yerxa, Bill Sheehan and Edward P. Morgan. This lasted until 1962, when Ron Cochran was made full-time anchor, serving until 1964. Then, in 1965, a 26-year-old Canadian, Peter Jennings, was named anchor of Peter Jennings with the News.

In 1967, the inexperienced Jennings left the anchor chair and was reassigned as an international correspondent for the news program. ABC News was hosted, in succession, by Bob Young (October 1967 to May 1968), Frank Reynolds (May 1968 to May 1969), and, eventually, Reynolds and Howard K. Smith (May 1969 to December 1970). The program did not expand from 15 to 30 minutes until 1967, some years after CBS and NBC had expanded their evening news programs.

Harry Reasoner, formerly of CBS News and 60 Minutes, joined ABC in 1970 to co-anchor ABC Evening News with Smith, beginning in December, replacing Reynolds. In 1976, Smith was moved to commentator, and Reasoner briefly assumed sole anchor responsibilities until his pairing with Barbara Walters, the first female network anchor, this pairing began in 1976. Ratings for the nightly news broadcast declined shortly thereafter, possibly due in part to the lack of chemistry between Reasoner and Walters. Reasoner would eventually return to CBS and 60 Minutes, while Walters became a regular on the newsmagazine 20/20.

Because ABC had nowhere near the number of affiliates as the other two major networks and, thus, especially in smaller markets, was sometimes carried by a station primarily affiliated with another network, ABC chose to feed its evening newscast to its affiliates at 6 p.m. Eastern/5 p.m. Central, one half-hour ahead of CBS and NBC. Even in areas with three full-time affiliates, ABC stations often opted to broadcast the news at 6/5 in order to entice viewers by presenting the day's national and international news first, thus making it more likely that they would stay tuned to the station's local newscast immediately following (or a half hour afterward), instead of turning to CBS or NBC. In some markets, especially in the Eastern time zone, it was not unusual for the ABC affiliate to air its local newscast at 5:30, followed by the network news at 6, then syndicated sitcom reruns or game shows from 6:30 to 7:30 (or 8, after the Prime Time Access Rule went into effect in 1971).

As the youngest and least-viewed of the networks, ABC employed the strategy to get a foothold on the American public's consciousness, although stations were quite free to tape-delay the feed in order to run it against the other two networks, or, in some larger markets especially, at 7/6 p.m. Eventually, though, by 1982, when all markets obtained full-time ABC affiliates and the evening newscast began winning the ratings, the network discontinued the practice and started feeding the news to stations at the conventional time of 6:30 (Eastern/Pacific)/5:30 (Central/Mountain), on weeknights. However, the weekend editions still air live at 6/5 p.m.

Always the perennial third in the national ratings, ABC News president Roone Arledge reformatted the program, relaunching it as World News Tonight on July 10, 1978. Frank Reynolds, demoted when the network hired Reasoner, returned as lead anchor, reporting from Washington, D.C. Max Robinson, the first African American network news anchor, anchored national news from Chicago, and, also returning for a second stint, Jennings, reporting international headlines from London. Occasional contributions included special reports by Barbara Walters who was credited as anchor of the special coverage desk from New York and world wide and commentary by Howard K. Smith, who was easing into eventual retirement. The program’s distinct and easily identifiable theme was written by Bob Israel. Ratings slowly climbed to the point where World News Tonight eventually beat both NBC Nightly News and the CBS Evening News, marking the first time ever that ABC had the most popular network evening newscast.

Also during this time, WNT aired an open-captioned version on various public television stations throughout the United States, produced by Boston station WGBH-TV. In place of commercials, PBS inserted additional news stories, some of which were of special interest to deaf people. This version aired mostly in late-night hours, several hours after the original newscast.

In April 1983, Frank Reynolds became ill, leaving both Jennings and Robinson to co-anchor the broadcast until he planned to return; he never did and succumbed to bone cancer on July 20. A rotation of anchors hosted the program until August 9, 1983, when Peter Jennings became the sole anchor and senior editor of World News Tonight. In September 1984, the program was renamed World News Tonight with Peter Jennings in order to reflect its sole anchor and senior editor. Robinson left ABC News in 1984, after stints of hosting news briefs and anchoring weekend editions of World News Tonight; he died of AIDS in 1988.

With Jennings as lead anchor, World News Tonight was the most-watched national newscast from February 27, 1989, to November 1, 1996, but from then until February 2007, it was in second place behind its main rival, NBC Nightly News.

On April 5, 2005, Jennings announced that he had been diagnosed with lung cancer and, as before, other ABC News anchors, mostly consisting of 20/20 co-anchor Elizabeth Vargas and Good Morning America co-anchor Charles Gibson, filled in for him. Jennings died of lung cancer on August 7, 2005, at his apartment in New York City at the age of 67.

The August 8, 2005, edition of the program was dedicated to Jennings' memory and four-decade career in news. His death ended the era of the so-called Big Three anchors: Peter Jennings, Tom Brokaw, and Dan Rather. During his career, Jennings had reported from every major world capital and war zone, and from all 50 U.S. states, according to the network. Jennings was known for his ability to calmly portray events as they were happening and for his coverage of many major world events.

On December 5, 2005, ABC announced Elizabeth Vargas and Bob Woodruff would be the new permanent co-anchors starting January 3, 2006, replacing Jennings. People in the news industry looked at the choice of Vargas and Woodruff by ABC News as the start of a new era in network television news.

The broadcast was produced live three times per day: the regular Eastern/Central Time zone live broadcast, plus separate broadcasts for the Mountain and Pacific time zones. In addition, a live webcast, World News Now, with a newsbrief and a preview of that evening's broadcast, was added. The webcast currently airs live at 3 p.m. ET on ABC News Now and and can be viewed throughout the rest of the day after 4 p.m. Eastern.

On January 29, 2006, Bob Woodruff and his cameraman, Doug Vogt, were injured by a road-side bomb while riding in an Iraqi military convoy. Both underwent surgery at a U.S. military hospital in Balad (50 miles north of Baghdad). It was reported that both men suffered head injuries, even though they were both wearing body armor and helmets. Both men were evacuated to a U.S military hospital in Germany on January 30, 2006. Woodruff and Vogt were later transferred to Bethesda Naval Hospital in the U.S. for further treatment and released for outpatient treatment.

On February 10, 2006 ABC announced that Elizabeth Vargas was pregnant and due to give birth in late summer.

For about a month, Good Morning America co-hosts Charles Gibson and Diane Sawyer had taken turns co-anchoring the newscast with Elizabeth Vargas. From about March 2006 to May 2006, Elizabeth Vargas had been anchoring the broadcast alone, becoming the first de facto solo female evening news solo anchor. At the time, it was unknown what ABC News planned to do until Bob Woodruff returned to the anchor chair, which appeared to be nowhere in the near future, and when Vargas began her maternity leave. Rumors flew that Diane Sawyer wanted to become the sole anchor of WNT in order to beat Katie Couric's switch to the CBS anchor chair. However, the New York Post's Cindy Adams reported that Charles Gibson would become Bob Woodruff's "Temporary Permanent Replacement".

Starting around March 2006, the West Coast editions of WNT were scaled back due to the fact that Elizabeth Vargas anchored the broadcast on her own at the time.

On May 23, 2006, Elizabeth Vargas announced her resignation from World News Tonight. Charles Gibson was then named sole anchor of the show, effective May 29, 2006, effectively replacing Vargas and her injured co-anchor Bob Woodruff. Vargas cited her doctors' recommendation to cut back her schedule considerably due to her maternity leave, and her wish to spend more time with her new baby. She has since returned to co-anchor 20/20 and ABC News specials, and has already substituted for Gibson on World News.

Bob Woodruff, although still recovering from his injuries, returned to WNT on February 28, 2007.

While the 3 p.m. World News Now webcast remains, the West Coast editions have been scrapped. Gibson will continue to update the newscast as warranted for the other time zones, but the entire newscast will not be presented live, as was previously the case.

Some media analysts found the reasons for the change to be merely a cover for ABC News' real intentions to bring stability to its flagship news program that had been slipping in the ratings, and to attract some older viewers away from the CBS Evening News with interim anchor Bob Schieffer. Indeed, the advertising campaign focuses on Gibson's experience, calling Gibson "Your Trusted Source", similar to a campaign for Peter Jennings, "Trust is Earned", in the wake of the Killian documents scandal at CBS and Brian Williams' assumption of the NBC anchor chair.

On July 19, 2006, ABC News announced that World News Tonight would have its name officially changed to World News With Charles Gibson. The network chose to make the small name change in order to reflect the program's availability twenty-four hours a day through its webcast and through

In the 2007 February sweeps, World News with Charles Gibson achieved the number one spot in the Nielsen ratings for nightly news broadcasts, overtaking NBC Nightly News. This was ABC's first victory since the week Peter Jennings died in August 2005.

Starting in April 2007, Charles Gibson announced that Monday broadcasts of World News would be expanded editions allowing only one commercial interruption to feature extended special segments on global warming. Jon Banner is currently the show's executive producer.

ABC News' World News With Charles Gibson won the May 2008 sweeps period decisively over NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, marking Gibson's second consecutive sweep win and widening his lead in the evening news race. That was the first time World News had won consecutive sweeps since 1996, the year ABC's Peter Jennings ceded the ratings crown to NBC's Tom Brokaw.

However, World News has since lost the lead it once had in viewers, making NBC Nightly News the most watched nightly newscast from the three historic networks.

On December 31, 2007, World News with Charles Gibson debuted a new HD ready set, featuring the ABC News logo prominently carved out of wood in front with logo's colors, a rear-projection screen, and plasma screens. The show has also updated the graphics to prepare for the HD completion which was completed in early 2008.

ABC World News began broadcasting in High Definition on August 25, 2008 during its coverage of the 2008 Democratic National Convention. They follow in the footsteps of NBC Nightly News and the CBS Evening News in doing so.

When Charles Gibson is away or on-assignment, typically Diane Sawyer will anchor. Other substitutes include George Stephanapoulos.

WNT expanded to six nights a week with World News Sunday on January 28, 1979, and to a full seven days with the premiere of World News Saturday on January 5, 1985, years after the two other historical networks had added weekend newscasts.

These editions added the word "Tonight" in the mid-1990s, and in the mid-2000s, their respective names were shortened to simply World News Tonight to correspond with the weekday editions. However, the original names were restored on July 19, 2006 to go along with the weekday broadcast's name change, but the title card reads World News for both days.

Prior to 1979, the only network newscasts ABC stations broadcasted on weekends were 15-minute late-night updates on Saturdays and Sundays, seen on many affiliates in tandem with the local 11 p.m./10 p.m. Central newscasts, although some stations opted to tape delay them until immediately before sign-off time; rival CBS also offered a 15-minute Sunday night bulletin during the 1970s and 1980s. Due to declining affiliate interest because of low viewership (in part due to the proliferation of 24-hour cable channels such as CNN), ABC discontinued the late-night weekend reports in 1991.

Also, starting in 1973, weeknight co-anchor Harry Reasoner hosted The Reasoner Report, a half-hour topical look at important stories (especially breaking developments in the Watergate scandal) in the vein of CBS' 60 Minutes, which Reasoner himself co-moderated on two different stints. Affiliates usually carried the program on Saturday evenings in the time slots where the main newscast aired on weeknights. The program, which had affiliate clearance problems and was thus unsuccessful in terms of ratings, ended in 1975.

Some former anchors of the weekend news include Sam Donaldson (World News Sunday, 1979-1989), Kathleen Sullivan (World News Saturday, 1985-1987), Forrest Sawyer (World News Saturday, 1987-1993), Carole Simpson (World News Sunday, 1989-2003), Aaron Brown (World News Saturday, 1993-1997), Elizabeth Vargas (World News Saturday, 1997-2001), Terry Moran (World News Saturday, 2001-2005), and Bob Woodruff (World News Sunday, 2003-2005). Currently, David Muir is the Saturday edition anchor and Dan Harris is the Sunday edition anchor.

During the fall months, the Saturday broadcast is usually pre-empted by ESPN on ABC's college football coverage.

ABC News programming is shown for several hours a day on the 24-hour news network Orbit News in Europe and the Middle East. This includes ABC World News. Also in the Middle East it is also broadcast free to air on MBC 4. In the UK, the program is shown at 1:30am on BBC News. BBC News is frequently simulcast by BBC Two (and, less frequently, BBC One) at this time, meaning the program is broadcast terrestrially in many parts of the UK. The newscast airs on delay in part because of the need to remove advertisements; the BBC's domestic channels are commercial-free. In Australia, WNT airs every morning at 10:30am AET on Sky News Australia. In New Zealand, WNT is shown at 17:10 and 23:35 every evening on TVNZ 7. In Hong Kong, it is broadcast live on TVB Pearl daily at 7:30-8:00am Hong Kong time. In Japan it airs on NHK. Belize's Great Belize Television carries all editions of World News Tonight at 7:30 p.m. CST (Mon.-Fri.), 7:00 p.m. (Saturdays) and 7:30 p.m. (Sundays).

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Charles Gibson (cricketer)

Charles Gibson (born August 3, 1981 in Buenos Aires) is an Argentine cricketer. He is a right-handed batsman. Gibson debuted for the Americas in the Under-19 World Cup of 2000. He plays for the cricket club Lomas Athletic.

Six years later, Gibson was to return to cricket, playing in April 2006 in Argentina's promotion season from Division Two of the WCC Americas Region, as the team finished with four victories from four games.

Later in the year, he played three out of Argentina's four games in Division One, as the Argentines finished bottom of the group without a victory. Gibson is an opening batsman for the Argentine team, pairing up with Gaston Arizaga in the Argentine upper-order.

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Lisa McRee

Lisa McRee (born November 9, 1961 in Fort Worth, Texas) is an American television journalist and former news anchor.

She was a news anchor for WFAA-TV in Dallas, Texas, from 1989 to 1991 before becoming one of the original anchors, along with Aaron Brown, of ABC News' World News Now when the show launched in 1992. McRee left the show in 1993 to serve as a host for Good Morning America Sunday. She then moved to Los Angeles, California, in 1994 to work as an anchor for KABC-TV.

In 1997, she was hired to replace Joan Lunden as co-host of Good Morning America. She then was paired with Kevin Newman after Charles Gibson left the show in 1998. However, Good Morning America, which had been struggling in the ratings, continued to perform poorly, and both she and Newman were replaced in 1999.

From 2004 to 2007, McRee was a host and correspondent for California Connected, a TV news magazine that aired on 12 PBS stations in California. During McRee's tenure, ratings improved 43% in her last year. The program was canceled due to a lack of funding.

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Good Morning America


Good Morning America (GMA) is an Emmy-award winning morning news show that is broadcast on the ABC television network, debuting on November 3, 1975. The weekday program airs for two hours; a third hour, available exclusively on ABC News Now, was introduced in 2007. The current one-hour weekend edition debuted in 2004.

The show features news, talk, weather, and special interest stories. It is produced live from Times Square Studios in New York City and fed to all network affiliates. The program is currently hosted by Diane Sawyer and Robin Roberts. Longtime anchor Charles Gibson left the program on June 28, 2006 to become the lead anchor of ABC World News.

GMA has traditionally run second in the ratings to NBC's Today, but overtook its rival for a period from the late 1980s to the mid-1990s under its most popular anchor team of Gibson and Joan Lunden. GMA has won both of the first two Emmy Awards for Outstanding Morning Program, sharing the 2007 award with Today and winning outright in 2008.

On January 6, 1975, ABC launched AM America in an attempt to compete with the The Today Show on NBC. ABC's show was hosted by Bill Beutel and Stephanie Edwards, with Peter Jennings reading the news. The show could not find an audience against The Today Show and its anchor team of Jim Hartz and Barbara Walters, so ABC started to look for a new approach. While looking around, they found that one of their affiliates, WEWS in Cleveland, Ohio, was not broadcasting A.M. America but instead was airing a locally produced show called The Morning Exchange.

Unlike A.M. America and The Today Show, The Morning Exchange featured an easygoing and less dramatic approach by offering news and weather updates only at the top and bottom of every hour and used the rest of the time to discuss general-interest/entertainment topics. The Morning Exchange also established a group of regular guests who were experts in certain fields such as health, entertainment, consumer affairs, travel, etc. Also unlike both the NBC and ABC shows, The Morning Exchange was not broadcast from a newsroom set but instead one that resembled a suburban living room.

ABC took an episode of The Morning Exchange and used it as a pilot episode. After rave reviews for the pilot, the format replaced A.M. America in November 1975 as Good Morning America. Good Morning America's first host was David Hartman, featuring Nancy Dussault as his co-host. Dussault was replaced in 1977 by Sandy Hill.

Good Morning America ratings climbed slowly but steadily throughout the 1970s and into the 1980s while The Today Show experienced a slight slump in viewership, especially with Barbara Walters' decision to leave NBC for a job at ABC. On August 30, 1976, Tom Brokaw began anchoring The Today Show while a search was made for a female co-host. Within a year, The Today Show managed to beat back the Good Morning America ratings threat with Brokaw and new co-host Jane Pauley, featuring art and entertainment contributor Gene Shalit.

Good Morning America continued to threaten The Today Show into the 1980s, especially after Brokaw left Today to become NBC Nightly News co-anchor with Roger Mudd for two years before being named sole anchor. For the first time, Good Morning America became the highest rated morning news program in the United States as The Today Show fell to second place. At the outset, Good Morning America was a talk program with a main host, David Hartman, who was joined by a sidekick co-host. Nancy Dussault and Sandy Hill were scripted as less than equal hosts. In 1980, Hill left Good Morning America and was replaced by Joan Lunden, an anchor for WABC in New York. Hartman and Lunden led the show through several seasons of success. Lunden's popularity led to her promotion to co-anchor. The partnership ended on July 31, 1987 as Hartman retired, following 3,189 programs. .

After Hartman's retirement, Lunden was paired with Charles Gibson on August 3, 1987 and ratings skyrocketed for Good Morning America. They became the most popular news partnership on television in the late 1980s and early 1990s and, for the first time, GMA regularly won the ratings battle against NBC's Today.

Good Morning America sailed into the 1990s with its overwhelming ratings success. Joan Lunden and Charles Gibson were a hard couple to beat. But Good Morning America would stumble from its top spot in late 1995. Lunden began to discuss working less, and mentioned to network execs that the morning schedule is the hardest in the business. ABC executives promised Lunden a prime time show, Behind Closed Doors, would be on the network schedule. On September 5, 1997, Lunden decided to step down after 17 years on the show and was replaced by Lisa McRee. The show was almost killed when Gibson, too, left the show to make way for Kevin Newman in 1998. With McRee and Newman at the helms of Good Morning America, long time viewers switched to The Today Show, whose ratings skyrocketed and have remained at the top spot since the week of December 11, 1995.

On October 4, 1999, ABC became desperate to revive Good Morning America, and negotiated Gibson's return, teaming him up with Diane Sawyer. The team was meant to be temporary until ABC could find permanent replacements. However, Good Morning America ratings once again increased and battled The Today Show for viewership, though it has not yet proclaimed a victory in weekly viewership over The Today Show. ABC stuck with the Gibson and Sawyer team as anchors of Good Morning America for 6 years. Until March 18, 2002, the news was anchored by Antonio Mora. When he left to anchor WBBM-TV in Chicago, Robin Roberts, a former ESPN anchor, replaced Mora.

The show moved from the ABC News Headquarters in Lincoln Square to its present home at the Times Square Studios on March 20, 2000. The new location made it possible for the program to feature a live audience outside the studio (a la Today).

On May 23, 2005, ABC announced that Robin Roberts, the show's news anchor, would be promoted to co-anchor. She had been regularly filling in for Diane Sawyer and Charlie Gibson up until then.

As of 2008, Good Morning America had still not prevailed over The Today Show in the ratings since 1995, though it had a few one-show victories, on the day after Pope John Paul II's funeral, and then with a Mariah Carey concert in 2005. Good Morning America has won in timeslots in large markets like New York, which might have been an indication that the audience was migrating from The Today Show. Recently, however, the viewership gap between Today and GMA has widened again.

On November 3, 2005, GMA celebrated its 30th birthday with recaps to 1975 and by decorating Times Square. Former co-hosts David Hartman and Joan Lunden, along with former meteorologist Spencer Christian were among the guests of honor. Hartman signed off the show that day with his trademark close "From all of us, make it a good day." On that day Good Morning America became the first morning news show to broadcast in HDTV.

On December 2, 2005, weatherman Tony Perkins left Good Morning America, where he has been the weather personality since 1999. The last ten minutes of the day's show was dedicated to Perkins, where he gave thanks to one of the show's producers and a heartfelt goodbye to the three anchors, Charles Gibson, Diane Sawyer, and Robin Roberts. Perkins announced that he was going to go home to his family and would be living in Washington, D.C., where he would go back to WTTG-TV, where he was previously a weather personality. He affectionately said to his young child on the air, "Connor, if you're watching, daddy's comin' home." Perkins was replaced by former Chicago WGN-TV morning sports anchor Mike Barz.

There had been speculation that Diane Sawyer would leave her seat at Good Morning America when her contract expired in 2007 due to the fact that she was coveting the World News Tonight anchor job which was given to Gibson. In August 2006, Chris Cuomo was named news anchor. He has since continued his anchoring duties on ABC's Primetime as well as remaining ABC News Senior Legal Correspondent. Meanwhile, Sam Champion was named GMA's new weather anchor as well as ABC News weather editor. Both Cuomo and Champion began their respective duties on the program September 5, 2006, when GMA instituted a new graphics package, and new news area for Cuomo to report the news. Also, beginning on September 13, 2006, GMA introduced a new logo this time with gold font on a blue background. This logo bore a resemblance to the initial GMA logo that was used up to early 1987, and coincided with the show's conversion to HDTV, beating rival Today to the punch.

On June 29, 2007, movie critic for the show, Joel Siegel died at age 63 after a battle of cancer. The episode of July 9 was dedicated to Siegel, with former cast members Hartman, Hill, Lunden, Newman, Christian, Perkins and Gibson all appearing to share their memories.

On July 31, 2007, co-anchor Robin Roberts announced that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer, and that she has discovered the lump in a self-examination while preparing the Siegel tribute episode. She has remained as anchor while going through chemotherapy. She has completed radiation treatments as of March 28, 2008.

On October 22, 2007, Good Morning America introduced their new on screen appearance. Using much of their old on screen appearance design features, they went from a basic blue setting to a more orangish-gold setting. Their opening changed from the camera zooming in on the hosts while they introduced the host, to an opening with new music (by the New York based music production company, DreamArtists Studios) and a background with the Good Morning America logo falling onto the screen. They also changed their on screen ticker and bug for the first time in years. The ticker features an orange background with the modified ABC News logo. The bug still featured the time to the left but with an orange back drop with the letters GMA and ABC logo to the right.

After a couple of appearances on Good Morning America, British fashion advisers Trinny Woodall and Susannah Constantine reported on the fashion at the 80th Academy Awards especially for the show.

On January 15, 2008 during an interview with Diane Sawyer, Diane Keaton admired Sawyer's beauty, stating that if she had lips like Sawyer's, "then I wouldn't have worked on my fucking personality!" She said that she would also be married by now. Keaton quickly apologized for the remark and Sawyer threatened to have her mother "work on your personality with soap in your mouth." While this would formerly have been in violation of the Federal Communications Commission's decency laws, incurring a fine for Good Morning America producer and distributor ABC, officials of the FCC have stated that recent legal action and resultant policy changes may confound any action it chooses to take.

GMA logo 1992-1999.

GMA logo 1999-2002.

GMA logo used from September 5, 2006 - October 21, 2007. This could be considered an early version of their current logo.

Gma logo 2007-Present.

The first weekend edition of GMA aired on Sundays only from 1993 to 1999. The current version, which airs for one hour on Saturdays and Sundays, debuted on September 4, 2004 with Bill Weir and Kate Snow as co-anchors. Ron Claiborne is the news anchor and Marysol Castro serves as weather anchor and features reporter.

Beginning September 2008, Good Morning America made history as the newscasters rode an Amtrak train as part of ABC News' "50 States in 50 Days". Their first telecasted stop was in Stockbridge, Massachusetts.

In January 2006, Good Morning America launched a radio edition of the program on XM Radio's Take Five. The show would incorporate features and news from the television edition as well as allow fans to discuss these topics. The radio edition of the show is hosted by Hilarie Barksy and airs Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to Noon Eastern Time.

In Australia, the Nine Network and regional affiliates WIN and NBN air Good Morning America Tuesdays through Fridays from 3.30am. Friday's edition airs Saturday mornings at 4.30am. The Sunday edition airs Monday mornings at 4 am. The program is condensed into a 90-minute format. A national weather map of Australia is during cut-aways to local affiliates for weather information. GMA airs at the same time as the NBC Today on the Seven Network and Network Ten's CBS Early Show. It is unchallenged, ratings wise, in some regional areas where other affiliates preempt their networks' US breakfast programs with paid and religious programming.

Orbit Satellite Television Network air "Good Morning America" on the channel "America Plus" Mondays through Fridays live at 1100 GMT in the Middle East and Europe.

In the Philippines, GMA's weekday edition is aired Tuesday to Saturday at 7.30 local time on Velvet. The weekend edition is aired live.

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