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A scorecard on 'Good Morning America' changes

After all the speculation, it is sure to seem anti-climatic, but here's the new morning show lineup ABC News is expected to announce today or tomorrow.

With Charles Gibson retiring as anchor of "World News" Dec. 18 and Diane Sawyer leaving "Good Morning America" after Friday's show to replace him, ABC is expected to name George Stephanopoulos to replace her at GMA. The former senior aide in the Clinton White House will co-host the daily morning show with Robin Roberts.

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Meanwhile, Chris Cuomo, who was also in the hunt for the job, will leave his post as co-anchor of GMA to become co-host of the Friday night newsmagazine "20/20" with Elizabeth Vargas. That job came open when John Stossel left for the Fox News Network in October. (By the way, his new show at FBN, "Stossel," starts Thursday night. Read my interview with him here.)

Are you still with me, because there is more. ABC News correspondent JuJu Chang will replace Cuomo at GMA. (AP Photo/Peter Kramer)

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The big move is that of Stephanopoulos from Washington where he hosts the Sunday morning public affairs show, "This Week." He is said to want to keep that job, but doing five days of GMA and the Sunday morning show is a lot. That is reportedly being discussed.

With all the huffing and puffing and mis-reporting and speculating in the press about these moves, it is easy to forget that GMA is running a fairly distant second to NBC's "Today." Yes, that NBC, the network that is reported to have been valued at next nothing by Comcast in its purchase of NBC-Universal. Morning TV is one of the few gold mines left in the ancient land of network television, and no one makes more money there than NBC.

Still, ABC does pretty good, and that is what this game of musical chairs is about. Let's make it official, folks, so we can get on with the business of giving a proper sendoff to a very fine TV journalist, Charles Gibson.

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