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DIANE SAWYER LEAVING ABC WORLD NEWS

June 25, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

The network evening newscasts will once again become the exclusive province of white male anchors on Sept. 2 when David Muir is scheduled to replace Diane Sawyer on ABC World News. In a statement released by the network this morning, Sawyer said that she plans to "move to a new full time role at ABC News" and will head a team that will produce news specials for the network featuring "enterprise reporting, innovative approaches to breaking news and new ways of thinking about big issues and events around the world." At the same time, ABC announced that George Stephanopoulos has been given the title of "chief anchor," a title never conferred on any broadcast journalist in the past. ABC News President James Goldston said that, in addition to anchoring Good Morning America and This Week, Stephanopoulos "will be our lead anchor for major special events and breaking news at ABC, driving our live network coverage for the biggest stories." That is a role ordinarily assigned to the anchor of the evening newscasts. Conspicuously missing from today’s announcement was any mention of Barbara Walters, who has said that, despite her retirement, she intends to continue presenting occasional interviews with celebrities and officials in the news. In a related development, ABC News said that it had launched a 24-hour news channel that can be received only via Apple’s $99 settop box, Apple TV. In an interview with Capital New York, Joe Ruffalo, senior V.P. of ABC News Digital, said, "So if you want to switch to just Iraq coverage, you can go to just Iraq, if you want to hear about the World Cup you can do that, if you want just entertainment news, you can have that experience as well."