Gibson ‘Livid’ Over Diane Sawyer Replacing Him

September 3, 2009

(ChattahBox)— After three years at the helm of ABC’s evening news cast, World News, and many years before that as Good Morning America’s co-host, Charlie Gibson is retiring, with Diane Sawyer to succeed him as head anchor for the prized network job.

But, Gibson made no reference to Sawyer in his departing statement, although he worked closely with her for a decade. And a source close to Gibson said he was “livid” that Sawyer was replacing him.

Whatever Gibsons’ feelings are regarding Diane Sawyer, it really doesn’t matter, because the powers that be at ABC have tapped her to head its nightly news show and she has accepted. A familiar face on Good Morning America for years, Sawyer has paid her dues.

Sawyer also has the opportunity finally, to best her long time rival Katie Couric who anchors the competing nightly news program, CBS Evening News. Sawyer, 63 was left behind in the ratings for years on Good Morning America, while the perky Couric, 52 soared ahead hosting the Today Show.

However, the tide may finally turned in Sawyer’s favor, because her new gig, World News, attracts nearly a million more viewers a night than CBS Evening News.

Sawyer’s promotion to top news anchor would serve as a true test of her appeal with viewers, if she can retain the current number two spot behind Brian Williams’ NBC Nightly News.

Sawyer’s promotion leaves a big hole on the early morning show, Good Morning America. The network has not yet tapped a replacement.



3 Responses to “Gibson ‘Livid’ Over Diane Sawyer Replacing Him”

  1. Jane Parker on September 4th, 2009 1:58 pm

    Charlie will be missed but I think Diane will be a great replacement.

  2. Lisa Stone on September 5th, 2009 3:43 pm

    I think Diane Sawyer is the best choice to replace Gibson.

  3. Chi Iron on September 9th, 2009 3:44 am

    the world needs garbage men bear…. they play a very important part in society-i.e the enviroment p.s go the chickees

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