Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Christiane Amanpour Off ABC's This Week

Amanpour is married to former
State Department Official James Rubin.
After just a year, Christiane Amanpour will be replaced by her predecessor, George Stephanopoulos, on ABC's Sunday morning political talk show, This Week.  

Amanpour's ratings were not good; the program was consistently third behind NBC's Meet the Press and CBS' Face the Nation (which is now being expanded to one hour). Amanpour will remain at ABC, hosting six prime time special per year and appear on other ABC news programs, but will also return to CNN International where she will host a daily daytime program on global affairs.

CNN's media operation quoted Amanpour as saying the following:  "This is an exciting and unique opportunity for me to take my love of storytelling to prime time 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."

It's not known whether or not Stephanopoulos is returning to This Week permanently.  There is word that Jake Tapper will take over.  ABC News management is also said to be considering Jonathan Karl, Terry Moran and Matthew Dowd.

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