'Good Morning America': ABC Renews George Stephanopoulos' Contract

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Friday, 25 Apr 2014 12:04 PM

By Clyde Hughes

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George Stephanopoulos, co-anchor of the top-rated "Good Morning America" and the Sunday news program "This Week," has signed a new contract with ABC that will keep him at the network "for many, many years."

"We expect him to remain with us for many, many years," ABC News spokeswoman Heather Riley told the New York Daily News. "This represents what he wanted — he is committed to 'GMA' and 'This Week,' and understands the power of those platforms. We are thrilled that the team is locked in and that the deal was done so quickly and with such goodwill from all sides."

The Daily News noted that the deal secures Stephanopoulos after "Good Morning America" suffered the recent departures of weatherman Sam Champion and co-anchor Josh Elliott. Stephanopoulos' current contract was set to conclude in the fall.

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"George is vital to the success of the news division and will continue to be a leader here at ABC News," Riley told the Daily News. "We are united as a team and over the past few months we have not missed a beat — in fact our audience has only grown."

Mediabistro pointed out that Stephanopoulos' new contract comes two weeks after James Goldston was named president of ABC News.

Goldston had been senior vice president of ABC's news division for the past two years before his promotion, according to Mediabistro. He came to the network in 2004 after leaving Britain's ITV.

"James has been an integral part of the resurgence at ABC News, lending his insight and expertise to our news programs as they've experienced tremendous success and momentum," Anne Sweeney, president of Disney/ABC Television Group, said in a recent statement. "He's smart, strategic, and fearless in his pursuit of creative excellence."

Stephanopoulos has co-anchored "Good Morning America" since 2009 and kicked off his second stint on "This Week" in 2012 after serving as host from 2002 to 2010.

He also served as a correspondent for ABC News in 1997 and then chief Washington correspondent in December 2005, according to the network. Previously, he worked for the Clinton administration as the senior adviser to the president for policy and strategy.

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