July 30, 1999 |
When should a news reporter be allowed to opt out of covering a major story for personal reasons? And does such a decision only reinforce perceptions that journalists are increasingly too close to the major figures whom they are supposed to be covering dispassionately? That issue is under debate in the wake of Diane Sawyer's decision to stay away from her "Good Morning America" co-anchor chair for two days last week, after the crash of John F. Kennedy Jr.'s plane.
May 5, 1999 |
Defining moments, from Diane to Dan . . . On Monday, "The CBS Evening News" reran a portion of an interview in Belgrade that was aired in full the previous evening on "60 Minutes." The subject was Mirjana Markovic, the influential Marxist academic whose husband, Yugoslavian President Slobodan Milosevic, has been on the receiving end of relentless NATO air and verbal attacks.
January 5, 1999 |
In a stopgap move to shore up the foundering "Good Morning America," ABC News on Monday named "20/20" anchors Diane Sawyer and Charles Gibson as hosts of the morning program, effective Jan. 18. The network, which has seen many of its morning viewers flee to NBC's "Today" show in the last few years, said Sawyer and Gibson would anchor the show for an undetermined period while the network grooms a new generation of talent for the longer term.
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October 24, 1997 |
Television news anchorwoman Diane Sawyer will be the guest speaker at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum on Nov. 6, the eve of the museum's sixth anniversary. Sawyer, who co-hosts "PrimeTime Live" on ABC, is the fall speaker of the Reagan Forum, sponsored by the Reagan Center for Public Affairs. Other speakers this year have included C-SPAN founder Brian Lamb and Sen. Fred Thompson, a Tennessee Republican.
April 1, 1997 |
Diane Sawyer, who had been pursued by CBS News, has decided not to exercise an option in her ABC contract that would have allowed her to leave the network, ABC News executives said Monday. Sources said Sawyer's pact with ABC extends for several more years, paying her an estimated $7 million annually. She will continue to co-anchor ABC's "PrimeTime Live" newsmagazine with Sam Donaldson and will contribute occasionally to ABC's "Turning Point" documentary series.
February 17, 1997 |
Colleagues invited Nancy Reagan to present the honors, and lovebirds Diane Sawyer and husband Mike Nichols to be their Valentines on Friday at their annual February luncheon at the Beverly Wilshire. "These friends are as caring as they are accomplished," said the former first lady, presenting the duo the Champion of Children Award at a benefit that netted $200,000 for Children's Institute International. "We think we should congratulate Cupid for putting them together."
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October 8, 1996 |
In his first in-depth interview, retired Los Angeles Police Det. Mark Fuhrman says he apologizes "from the bottom of my heart" for using a racial slur but insists that he is not a racist and asserts repeatedly that he did not plant evidence in the O.J. Simpson murder case.
September 20, 1996 |
Bryant Gumbel's NBC contract does not expire until January, and Diane Sawyer does not have a "window" in her ABC contract that allows her to negotiate formally with competitors until early 1997. But other networks already are pursuing the two superstar anchors, according to executives involved in the talks. CBS, which is seeking to add more star anchors under news division President Andrew Heyward, is eager to sign both Sawyer and Gumbel.
June 16, 1995 |
Michael Jackson's interview with Diane Sawyer didn't pull the kind of ratings he racked up in his 1993 appearance with Oprah Winfrey, but he scored a decisive victory over the NBA. Jackson's appearance on "PrimeTime Live" Wednesday night was seen in about 24.7 million homes, according to figures released Thursday by the A.C. Nielsen Co. NBC's coverage of what turned out to be the Houston Rockets' title-clinching game against Orlando drew viewers in about 13.
June 16, 1995 |
Multiple Michaels. Michael and his beautiful wife--the controversial, tabloid-chased, seemingly mismatched couple about whom so much had been rumored and speculated--were finally speaking on television together. Her husband could be sweet, but he was also volatile, a manic-depressive capable of violent rage, Mrs. Michael disclosed to the ABC interviewer. Uh . . . wait. Wrong Michael. That was Mike Tyson and Robin Givens with Barbara Walters in 1988. Re-cue the tape.