Conflict Surrounds Sawyer’s Transition, Replacement

By Andrew Gauthier 


The Plot thickens at “Good Morning America.”

Buzz at ABC is that co-anchor Diane Sawyer is lobbying management to hold off announcing her “GMA” replacement until after she leaves for “World News.”


News division chief David Westin wants to release the name in early December, according to ABC insiders — approximately a month before Sawyer replaces retiring anchor Charlie Gibson on “World News.” No date yet for her “GMA” swansong.

If ABC agrees to sit on the announcement, it would keep all the attention on Lady Di and leave the No. 2 morning show with precious little time to promote her successor. “GMA” staffers are miffed at both prospects, the sources say.

ABC spokesman Jeffrey Schneider says “there is no truth whatsoever” to the Sawyer buzz.

Then there’s Robin Roberts, “GMA” co-anchor since 2005 and a regular contributor for 14 years while at ESPN. More…