ABC News made sure to lock in services of political junkie George Stephanopoulos through the 2020 presidential election and its aftermath, signing him to a new four-year contract.
The former Democratic adviser, now ABC News chief anchor, chief political correspondent, GMA co-anchor and Sunday Beltway host will rake in about $18M a year, sources say – an impressive increase from previous $15M-ish – though still not Megyn Kelly money.
But with Stephanopoulos’s contract coming up and a presidential election just around the corner, Stephanopoulos was a hot commodity, and was being wooed by CBS News, which, with Susan Zirinsky now at the helm, is taking a look at bolstering under-performing franchises. Like the CBS Evening News which was put on the table in talks with Stephanopoulos reps, according to Page 6 which first reported on the new pact.
Replacing Jeff Glor on the newscast is a move that would surprise no one, given that show’s ratings, though CBS denied the account.
Stephanopoulos has been on a bit of a tear across the broadcast news landscape, recently landing first at-bats with former FBI Director James Comey and a rare non-Fox-News sit-down with President Donald Trump:
and the first sit-down with former Donald Trump’s fixer Michael Cohen after his sentencing:
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