The announcement that Diane Sawyer will take over the ABC World News anchor chair in January 2010 might be bad news for those who’ve enjoyed her as the host of Good Morning America over the past few years, but it’s good news for pop-culture prognosticators like me. I mean, not since Rosie O’Donnell left The View have we had this big a hole to fill in the daytime TV lineup, and who doesn’t love a very public, high-stakes employment search?
Sawyer’s replacement will clearly need a mix of talents, including, but not limited to, an easy rapport with a wide range of folks: A-list celebs; politicians; average Joes and Janes who’ve been victims of crime/natural disaster/the fickle hand of fate; and perhaps most importantly, fellow GMA-ers Robin Roberts, Sam Champion, and Chris Cuomo. (Let’s be honest, it’s hard to fake the love before 8 a.m.)
Given the peculiar mix of “perkiness” and “gravitas” found among morning-show anchors, it seems like ABC could just as easily turn to a “personality” as it could someone with hard-news experience. And while the network has plenty of in-house candidates to consider, it could also make news by poaching a popular face from a competitor. Using those criteria, we came up with the poll below. Vote with enthusiasm, and feel free to ease on down to the comments section if you’ve got write-in candidates you’d prefer to see fill Sawyer’s shoes. (Just not this dude, please.)
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