Television: Good Morning, Diane Sawyer

How ABC persuaded one of its biggest stars to reset her alarm and try to save a sinking show

On the status ladder of network news, anchoring a morning newscast has long been a sign that you haven't quite made it to the top rung of superstardom. Today co-anchor Katie Couric, one of NBC's biggest stars despite the fact that she has to appear in full makeup at 7 a.m., has gone a long way toward disproving that accepted wisdom. Still, early-morning duty is widely regarded as a stepping stone to the really plum jobs on the evening news or one of the prime-time newsmagazines.

So Diane Sawyer caused quite a shock in the TV world last week when she...

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