Top of the Morning

Top of the Morning

By Brian Stelter

  • Release Date: 2013-04-23
  • Genre: Social Science
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Description

Like Bill Carter chronicling the late night wars in his classic The Late Shift, star New York Times reporter Brian Stelter reveals all the dish and dirt behind the polite smiles and perky demeanors of morning television in his much-anticipated...

TOP OF THE MORNING

When America wakes up with personable and charming hosts like Matt Lauer, Robin Roberts, and George Stephanopoulos, it's hard to imagine their show bookers having to guard a guest's hotel room all night to prevent rival shows from poaching. But that is just part of the intense reality New York Times staff writer Brian Stelter reveals in TOP OF THE MORNING--a gripping look at the most competitive time slot in television, complete with Machiavellian booking wars and manic behavior by the producers, executives, and stars.

Stelter is behind the scenes as Ann Curry replaces Meredith Vieira on the Today show, only to be fired a year later in a fiasco that made national headlines. He's backstage as Good Morning America launches an attack to dethrone Today and end the longest consecutive winning streak in morning television history. And he's there as Roberts is diagnosed with a crippling disease-on what should be the happiest day of her career.

Featuring exclusive material about current and past morning stars like Katie Couric and all the major players of the 2000s, TOP OF THE MORNING illuminates what it takes to win the AM, when every single viewer counts, tons of jobs are on the line, and hundreds of millions of dollars are at stake. Among the questions Stelter answers for the first time: Why did NBC really decide to oust Curry from her chair? What was her replacement Savannah Guthrie's reaction? Was Matt Lauer really at fault?

So grab a cup of coffee, sit back, and discover the dark side of the sun.

Reviews

  • Great Inights to What's Going on While Most of Us Are Still Asleep

    5
    By RealDoubleMs
    Whether you're a broadcast TV or news junkie, or into celebrity news, this book is an intriguing read. Written very well and not gossipy, it dives deep into the world of morning TV. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and look forward to more books from the author in the future!
  • Must read.

    5
    By usingfromjersey
    Exciting. Fast paced. The world of morning television is programmed toward women. But, it is run by men. Men who are super competitive.
  • Top of the Morning

    5
    By Lippy Louise
    Awesome! It finally confirmed many of the things I had already suspected. It was a page turner. He told it like it was. Matt Lauer is a flaming AH and Ann Curry got the shaft. Actually, Ms Curry is too good for NBC. They wanted her out because she is so much better and smarter than the remaining morons with the exception of Al Roker. They are all playing to the wrong crowd. We (in this household) are past the age group known as the "demo". We haven't watched NBC much. We prefer GMA.
  • Great Read

    5
    By sjsla
    Very informative. I learned a lot about an aspect of morning television, and its personalities, that I did not know before. One downside is that the writing often becomes flippant and informal - like I was reading a TMZ blog entry. However, soon enough, the writing is back to solid reporting.
  • Top of the morning

    5
    By Nicholascot
    Great book but most was already known through online articles prior to the book being published. Some info was not ever revealed and I appreciated that. Wish the author would be more interactive and nicer on twitter.
  • Top of the morning

    1
    By Autumn5683
    I going to reas the sample , but I can"t buy the book because it Doesn't support Ann Curry! I hate good morning America for That. It would be nice if more people support Ann Curry!! She got the shaft!
  • Too good to put down!

    5
    By Booknewser
    I have been waiting for this book for a long time. I am a tv news junkie that reads TVNEWSER several times a day. I don't normally read books, but I read this one in less than 48 hours! It is too good to put down!

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