One helped elect a president, the other grew up as the son of a governor.
Now George Stephanopoulos and Chris Cuomo are engaged in a very different kind of contest, for one of the most coveted prizes in network television.
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Stephanopoulos has an edge in the competition to succeed Diane Sawyer at “Good Morning America” when she leaves to become ABC’s evening news anchor, several well-placed sources at the network say. As host of “This Week” and the newly anointed backup anchor of “World News,” the former Clinton White House aide is a bigger name, represents a greater change and has long been groomed for stardom by ABC News President David Westin.
But everyone at the network — Stephanopoulos included — recognizes that he is less adept at the lighter fare demanded by morning television, a conclusion reinforced by his stint filling in for Sawyer the last three days. For a hard-news political junkie, attempting that transition could wind up damaging his brand if the move fizzles.
Read More: By Howard Kurtz, Washington Post
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