ABC News on Monday picked Chris Cuomo as news anchor of “Good Morning America,” giving the “Primetime Live” veteran and the network’s senior legal correspondent a prominent role on the No. 2 morning show.
Cuomo officially joins the breakfastcast on Sept. 5 as the news reader and features reporter, and will retain his existing positions. Robin Roberts had held the news reader job until she was elevated to co-anchor alongside Diane Sawyer last year.
“Chris will do more than just read the news daily,” said Jim Murphy, senior executive producer at “Good Morning America.” “He’ll stay involved with the stuff he does really well. He’s a very aggressive, passionate reporter on the crime and justice front, and we’ll be using those talents on the program.
It also closes what is almost the last question hanging over “Good Morning America,” which made a strong charge against NBC’s top-ranked “Today” in early 2005 but has since faltered. Co-anchor Charles Gibson left in May to become anchor of ABC’s “World News Tonight.”