ABC Good Morning America chief Ben Sherwood, whose program almost edged out top-rated NBC’s Today last year — only to see Today rebound — is leaving this fall.
Sherwood’s surprise announcement Friday that he’ll exit in October for family reasons is the latest in a string of sweeping upheavals at the top two morning shows.
Those changes, which could realign viewer loyalties and usher in a new era of morning stars, began last week with CBS Evening News- bound Katie Couric’s departure from Today and GMA’s Charles Gibson leaving for ABC’s World News Tonight. In September, Meredith Vieira, host of ABC’s The View, joins Matt Lauer on Today.
GMA, which will be co-anchored by Diane Sawyer and Robin Roberts once Gibson leaves in a few weeks, will be vulnerable without him, says news analyst Andrew Tyndall. “There are a whole lot of viewers who needed Gibson as the ballast of the show,” Tyndall says. “Without him, GMA literally loses its anchor.” MORE