According to ABC News on Wednesday, Diane Sawyer is leaving "World News" to do other things that will still be associated with ABC. She is leaving the anchor desk that brings the world news to viewers every weekday, but she is not leaving ABC. Sawyer is taking on a new role of creating innovative specials, and she will concentrate more on interviews.
ABC News President James Goldston announced today that Sawyer is stepping down, and David Muir will become the anchor and managing editor of "World News" beginning Sept. 2. Muir will continue to anchor "20/20" with Elizabeth Vargas. George Stephanopoulos was named chief anchor of ABC News.
That means three accomplished journalists will take on new roles. Sawyer has led "World News" since 2009, and during her tenure, ABC's "World News" has been a steady second to "Nightly News" with Brian Williams at NBC. However, "World News" has attracted more younger viewers.
Muir has been reporting on the biggest stories of our time, and now viewers will hear him report on the big and little stories around the world each weekday. As chief anchor of ABC News, Stephanopoulos will be responsible for taking on ABC's lead anchor for major special events and breaking news for live events. He will lead election coverage starting this fall.
Stephanopoulos, who has helped to drive "Good Morning America" forward to No. 1, will continue to anchor the popular morning daytime talk show. Also, he will continue with "This Week," which has moved into its best competitive position in a generation.
Disney ABC Television Group Co-President Ben Sherwood applauded the new appointments of all three journalists. In an e-mail to the staff, he complimented all three for their past positions and saluted them for their new positions. It is good news that viewers will still see these anchors that we have become familiar with over the years.
Congratulations to all three very capable journalists.