OPINION: Sunday Morning Talk Shows Need To Break Color Barrier

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From USA Today:

Stephanie Jones didn’t waste any time firing off a letter to ABC once she learned that the musical chairs that followed the retirement of World News anchor Charles Gibson had landed George Stephanopoulos a promotion.

Since 2002, the former senior adviser to President Clinton had served as moderator of This Week, ABC’s Sunday morning political talk show. Earlier this month, he was named host of Good Morning America, replacing Diane Sawyer, who got Gibson’s job.

“As you know, none of the major Sunday morning talk shows currently features a minority host, and the lack of racial diversity is an ongoing concern we have urged you to address,” Jones wrote to ABC News President David Westin and Ian Cameron, executive producer of This Week.

Three years ago, Jones, who heads the National Urban League Policy Institute, criticized the “paucity” of blacks on TV’s five leading Sunday morning news talk shows — This Week, NBC’s Meet the Press, CNN’s Late Edition, FOX News Sunday and CBS’ Face the Nation. Next year, she will issue a follow-up report that credits the networks for making some progress, Jones told me.

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