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ABC says Muir replacing Sawyer at 'World News'


By DAVID BAUDER

NEW YORK (AP) -- Diane Sawyer is stepping down as anchor of ABC's "World News" in September after nearly five years in the job, to be replaced by her regular substitute, David Muir.

The network also said Wednesday that George Stephanopoulos will add the role of chief anchor for live news events to his current jobs as "Good Morning America" co-host and host of the Sunday-morning "This Week" political show.

The exit of Sawyer, 68, is not unexpected. She will remain at ABC News to concentrate on landing big interviews and doing prime-time specials. "World News" was a steady second to Brian Williams at NBC during her tenure, although the ABC broadcast has made gains among younger viewers.

Muir, 40, has been groomed for the job. He steps in when Sawyer is away, and traveled to China to report with her in 2010. He has a high profile on "World News" with his regular "Made in America" series where he does stories across the country.

Muir, from Syracuse, New York, swept floors as a teenager in a local television newsroom. He is a graduate of Ithaca College, just like Bob Iger, head of ABC's parent Walt Disney Co.

Behind him, ABC is expected to make a strong bid to replace Williams at the top of the evening news ratings, hoping to repeat the success it has had in the morning with "Good Morning America."

As chief anchor of live news events, Stephanopoulos takes over a role traditionally held by the evening news anchor at most network news divisions. Evening news anchor was once considered the top job at a broadcast news division, but ABC does not want to disrupt the team of Stephanopoulos and Robin Roberts that has led the network to the top in the lucrative morning market.

The evening news switch will take place on Sept. 2, said James Goldston, ABC News president.

Diane Sawyer Leaving 'World News'

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Ken June 25 2014 at 11:16 AM

Who cares? The Network news stations are not reputable any longer. They hide scandal after scandal of the Obama administration by not covering or down playing the corruptness of the situations. Pretty sad state of affairs.

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maybeboss826 June 25 2014 at 11:16 AM

Another liberal down. How many more to go

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buddyboygabe June 25 2014 at 11:25 AM

good riddance, one of left wing liberal anchor, so who cares!

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stevenjonessales buddyboygabe June 25 2014 at 1:21 PM

Buddy boy? Are you five years old? Buddy?

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sambd6 June 25 2014 at 10:50 AM

maybe abc shouldn't be sooooo liberal and then i would watch them! i remember diane sawyer drunk when obume won his second term, she should have been fired!

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KATHI AND JOHN June 25 2014 at 11:02 AM

WHAT'S WRONG? SHE 'S TRIED OF WASHINGTON/BARRYTON'S LIES AND COVERUPS?

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krug1284 KATHI AND JOHN June 25 2014 at 8:02 PM

Didn't learn to spell I see. How about maybe shes tired of DC period. We know the lies have been huge in the white house for the last 15 years. Found those WMDs yet?

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benebeth krug1284 July 20 2014 at 6:09 PM

Clinton touch your wife too?

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vpqueen June 25 2014 at 11:19 AM

ABC Job Posting-Replacement for Diane Sawyer. Job requirements:

(1) Must be an administration lackey
(2) Must be able to read talking points

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rjen164497 June 25 2014 at 10:57 AM

You mean no more fluffy and gushy stuff? Will they now remove the gauze filter from the cameras? Muir won't need it to cover his age and make up.

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blueeyessing rjen164497 June 25 2014 at 11:27 AM

She does have the blurry filter on whatever show she is on I noticed just like Barbara Walters does. I want one of those to take everywhere. Will miss her though. Sad.

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jimzplace3546 blueeyessing June 25 2014 at 4:23 PM

And why not look the best one can? Don't you?

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rfeak59288 rjen164497 June 25 2014 at 12:14 PM

Those darn HD TV's do show the wrinkles and zits, don't they?

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coopdabomb June 25 2014 at 12:49 PM

Who cares. They don't report the news anyway. The only news network out there that reports real news is Fox.

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Amiee/Patrick June 25 2014 at 11:15 AM

She looks AWESOME at 68! Good luck Diane.

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mikelookup Amiee/Patrick June 25 2014 at 11:19 AM

Maybe Nancy Pelosi should use Diane's plastic surgeon. Her's sure isn't doing the job!.

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RICH Amiee/Patrick June 25 2014 at 12:24 PM

Diane whoever she is is fuzzy in a lot these pics. Is it her or just bad photographers or filters?

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zugar20 June 25 2014 at 11:38 AM

Words cannot describe how Diane Sawyer touches the lives of so many in the USA and around the world. She is timeless, classic, scholar, gorgeous and one of the most amazing woman I have ever admired.
I am really amazed at the people who comment on AOL what a bunch of miserable, uneducated pikers who have nothing better to do than drag Obama into everything and any subject that arises? Best of Luck Ms. Sawyer! LOVE YOU and will stay tuned where ever you are. xo

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