Joel Siegel, well-known as the movie critic for Good Morning America, passed away at the age of 63 over the weekend, said ABC. Surrounded by family and friends, the critic lost a long battle with colon cancer on Friday.
Siegel joined Good Morning America in 1981, with weekly reviews appearing every Friday. He also hosted the annual Joel Seigel's Road to the Academy Awards, in which he talked with some of Hollywood's biggest stars.
"Joel was an important part of ABC News, and we will miss him," said ABC News president David Westin. "He was a brilliant reviewer and a great reporter. But much more, he was our dear friend and colleague. Our thoughts and prayers are with Joel's family."
Siegel has long been a supporter of cancer awareness, and in 1991, helped found Gilda's Club, named after former Saturday Night Live actress Gilda Radner, with ...Read more
Sam Champion, the popular weatherman on WABC-TV in New York, has been promoted to weather anchor of ABC's Good Morning America and weather editor for ABC News. Champion will begin at GMA on Tuesday, September 5.
"Sam is a great forecaster with a passion for reporting on the weather," ABC News president David Westin said in a statement. "He is quite well known to our national audience who have seen him on GMA many times over the past 18 years. We are delighted to have Sam on board."
"I am very excited to have Sam Champion joining the GMA team," added senior executive producer Jim Murphy. "Sam is an excellent weatherman and completes our new team of Diane, Robinm, and Chris perfectly."
"Having filled in on GMA for many years, I have always felt like part of the family," Champion said. "As I leave WABC-TV, my home for the ...Read more
Soon-to-retire New York Giants running back Tiki Barber is in negotiations to contribute to ABC's Good Morning America and perhaps ESPN's football coverage.
A report Tuesday in the New York Post said Barber had signed a four-year, $10 million contract, but sources said Tuesday that it wasn't true.
ESPN and ABC News declined comment Tuesday.
The 10-year veteran said last year that this season would be his last in the NFL. His stellar performance in his last regular-season game Saturday against Washington gave the Giants the boost they needed to get into the playoffs.
Barber's playoff commitment--the Giants play the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday--means that any announcement will be delayed until after his playing career is over.
Barber has drawn interest from several networks vying for his services; he has made regular appearances on Fox News Channel's Fox & Friends in the past year.Read more
YouTube, already home to thousands of videos from bands of all stripes and levels of fame, wants even more.
The video-sharing giant said today that it is holding a battle of the bands for the digital age, soliciting bands to upload videos to its new YouTube Underground site for a competition to find the best unsigned musical talent on YouTube.
Bands can submit original videos from October 2 through October 18, and site visitors will vote for their favorites, determining the finalists in four categories: best song, best music video, best live performance, and best creative work. From that list of finalists, Alexandra Patsavas of Chop Shop Music Supervision, whose work on The O.C. and Grey's Anatomy has drawn rave reviews for breaking new bands, will pick the four winners.
Those winners will get a heap of prizes, including trips to New York City and appearances on ABC ...Read more
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 September 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 coanchor 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 ...Read more
Welcome to the Good Morning America program. For ABC, this was a much more successful morning news series than A.M. America, which had lasted the first ten months of 1975. ABC looked at one of its affiliates, WEWS in Cleveland, and admired the station's very successful news/talk series called The Morning Exchange (1972-1999). Network programming president Fred Silverman oversaw ABC's using The Morning Exchange as a model for their new program. Today the show is anchored by Robin Roberts and George Stephanopoulos. Ginger Zee gives weather reports throughout the morning, Amy Robach does the news, and Lara Spencer does the lifestyle reports. The show is usally in a battle for #1 with rival morning news show "Today" START YOUR DAY GOOD TO GO!moreless