GMA Faces Off Against Today in Epic Morning Battle

Or something like that. Today’s Wall Street Journal updates the ye-olde ABC-NBC morning show “war“:

ABC’S “Good Morning America” has been trying for 11 years to race past NBC’s “Today” show and become the dominant morning program. … But just as “Today” is showing some signs of vulnerability — its anchor team is in flux after Katie Couric‘s departure last week, and a huge renovation of its signature studio is causing headaches on and off screen — “Good Morning America” is having engine trouble.

It makes for good Friday commuter copy. But what’s more intriguing is what might become of Diane Sawyer, who was seemingly passed over for the ABC nightly news anchor gig and now, despite Couric’s exodus, has to contend with an ex-ABC net favorite, Meredith Vieira. Sawyer, in an e-mail to WSJ: “I want a strong and stable ‘Good Morning America’ and I will be there to do everything I can to make that happen.”

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