Josh Elliott Leaving ‘Good Morning America,’ Replaced By Amy Robach

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Josh Elliott Leaving ‘Good Morning America,’ Replaced By Amy Robach

Just four months after Sam Champion bid farewell to “Good Morning America,” the ABC morning news program is once again getting another anchor shakeup. This time, newsreader Josh Elliott — who has been part of the veteran news staple for three years — is departing the program and joining NBC Sports.

The news comes after months of behind-the-scenes salary negotations between ABC and Elliot. After his colleague Robin Roberts recently scored a deal said to be in the neighborhood of between $10 million and $14 million, Elliot reportedly played hardball, asking for $10 million. ABC refused and countered with a reported $4 million, but Elliot decided to walk, feeling that he was worth more than that. Elliot’s current salary is $1 million.

Elliot and his “GMA” colleagues — Roberts, George Stephanopoulo, Amy Robach — are credited with helping turning the morning program around in the ratings war in recent years, finally breaking the longtime streak held by NBC’s “Today.”

ABC News President Ben Sherwood told staffers in a memo that surfaced over the past week that Robach will succeed Elliot as newsreader. Immediate details regarding Elliot’s deal with NBC Sports are not known at press time.

About “Good Morning America”
Now in its 37th year, “Good Morning America” is watched by millions of people who wake up to the show’s award-winning combination of breaking news, hard-hitting interviews, exclusive investigations, cutting-edge medical information and financial reporting. The week of April 9, 2012 “Good Morning America” was the No. 1 morning newscast for the first time in 16 years, snapping NBC’s historic 852-week winning streak. The two programs have traded weekly wins ever since, as the “Good Morning America” audience continues to grow.

Each and every morning “Good Morning America” puts into clear focus the national and international stories that drive the day’s news to help give ABC viewers a better understanding of the world. The program provides in-depth, useful information on a wide variety of topics, including the economy, politics, health and medicine, personal finance, the workplace, education, the environment and entertainment.

GoodMorningAmerica.com on Yahoo! launched in October 2011 as part of ABC News’ powerful online news and information alliance with Yahoo! It quickly became the No. 1 morning newscast website, beating NBC’s today.com by millions of unique visitors every month.

“Good Morning America” has been honored with numerous awards, including its sixth consecutive Daytime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Morning Program. It has won the award three out of six years since the category was created.

The program premiered on November 3, 1975 with co-anchors David Hartman and Nancy Dussault. Over the years the broadcast’s anchors have included Sandy Hill, Joan Lunden, Lisa McRee, Kevin Newman, Charles Gibson and Diane Sawyer. In 2005 Diane Sawyer and Robin Roberts debuted as the first ever female co-anchor team in network morning television.

“Good Morning America” made television history as the first morning program to broadcast live from a moving train as part of ABC’s ambitious “50 States in 50 Days” programming during the 2008 presidential election. It was also the first television program to broadcast live from the Centers for Disease Control’s command center tracking the H1N1 “swine flu” virus. Other broadcast firsts include live reports from the Pentagon, the FBI’s training facility and new state-of-the-art crime lab in Quantico, VA, and Scotland’s famed Balmoral Castle. Additionally, “Good Morning America” has brought morning television viewers live and exclusive reports from Yemen, the famine zone in Africa, North Korea, Syria, Iran, Afghanistan and Saudi Arabia.

In addition to Roberts, Stephanopoulos, Elliott, Spencer and Champion, the “Good Morning America” family includes: Chief Health and Medical Editor Dr. Richard Besser, Chief Investigative Correspondent Brian Ross, ABC News Legal Analyst Dan Abrams, Workplace Contributor Tory Johnson, Technology Contributor Becky Worley, Consumer Correspondent Elisabeth Leamy and Contributor Cameron Mathison.

Tom Cibrowski is senior executive producer of ABC’s “Good Morning America.” The Emmy Award-winning morning news program airs live Monday through Friday from 7:00-9:00 a.m., ET on the ABC Television Network.

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