Christiane Amanpour to Exit ABC’s This Week…Joins CNNI…
The New York Times’ Brian Stelter follows Page Six’s bread crumbs and reports that Amanpour is planning on exiting her Sunday show…thereby putting an end to one of the worst pairings of a host to a format not designed for said host since Katie Couric took over the CBS Evening News. The real question is will Amanpour exit ABC totally and if so is a return to CNN in the offing? The bonus question is whether ABC gives This Week to Jake Tapper or not. They better…
Christiane Amanpour is preparing to leave as the anchor of “This Week,” the Sunday morning news program on ABC, two people with knowledge of her plans said Tuesday.
Ms. Amanpour, a longtime international correspondent for CNN, joined ABC about a year and a half ago to anchor “This Week.” There, she replaced George Stephanopoulos, who had moved to the network’s weekday morning program “Good Morning America.”
Update: Stelter is now reporting that Amanpour is going to anchor on CNNI but will still have a role with ABC. Jake Tapper gets screwed by his network as George Stephanopoulos gets This Week.
Christiane Amanpour is leaving the anchor chair of ABC’s “This Week” and returning to her old network home, CNN, as the anchor of an evening newscast on CNN International.
The changes, confirmed Tuesday evening, come a year and a half after Ms. Amanpour surprised her colleagues at CNN by leaving the network to anchor “This Week,” the Sunday morning public affairs program on ABC.
There, she replaced George Stephanopoulos, who had moved to the ABC’s weekday morning program, “Good Morning America.” Mr. Stephanopoulos will return to anchor “This Week” while remaining on GMA.
Update 2: Statements from Amanpour and CNN Worldwide President Jim Walton…
Jim Walton statement:
Christiane Amanpour has been synonymous with international reporting and with CNN for many years. We could not be happier that through this unique arrangement with ABC News her experience and global perspective are returning to a nightly news broadcast for our international audience.
President, CNN Worldwide
Christiane Amanpour statement:
This is an exciting and unique opportunity for me to take my love of story telling to primetime at ABC News with multiple specials, as well as becoming a roving Global Affairs anchor across all ABC platforms.
I am looking forward to getting back into the field to report stories on global issues that matter greatly to the American people. At the same time, I will be broadcasting once again to hundreds of millions of people across the world with a weekday show on CNN International.
This role is groundbreaking, bold and very different! I am thrilled and honored.
It’s been an incredible experience to have had a ringside seat to democracy in action at This Week. It’s been an incredible honor to anchor such a prestigious program and I thank all of you who have helped me on that journey.