‘Good Morning America’ has come in second to ‘Today’ for eight years straight.
NEW YORK (AP) – ABC News appointed novelist and veteran news producer Ben Sherwood as the new chief executive behind “Good Morning America.”

Sherwood had been the No. 2 producer at NBC’s “Nightly News” before leaving the news business for two years. He wrote the novels, “The Man Who Ate the 747” and “The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud.”

But Sherwood, who has worked at ABC, CBS and NBC News and wrote for the Los Angeles Times, said he couldn’t get the news business out of his blood.

He replaces Shelley Ross, who was appointed executive producer of “Primetime Thursday.”

“GMA” is a solid No. 2 behind NBC’s dominant “Today” show, which hasn’t lost a week in the ratings for eight years. Under Ross, the broadcast became more competitive for big stories.

“The challenge is to keep building on the momentum, the competitiveness and the boldness of the broadcast,” Sherwood said.

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