Christiane Amanpour Leaving ABC’s “This Week”

Amanpour to anchor evening newscast on CNN International but maintain role with ABC News; George Stephanopoulos returns to “This Week.”

By DANIEL MACHT
|  Tuesday, Dec 13, 2011  |  Updated 11:56 PM EDT
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Christiane Amanpour is leaving “This Week” to return to CNN.

The veteran broadcaster confirmed Tuesday that she was giving up “a ringside seat to democracy in action” as anchor of ABC’s Sunday morning news program.

Her predecessor, George Stephanopoulos, will return as anchor of “This Week” while keeping his weekday gig on “Good Morning America,” Huffington Post media scribe Michael Calderone reported.

“It's been an incredible experience to have had a ringside seat to democracy in action at This Week,” Amanpour said in a statement. “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.”

Amanpour said she planned to continue to work for ABC News on “multiple specials” and take on the role of “roving Global Affairs anchor across all ABC platforms.”

She also also said she would host a weekday show on CNN International. Amanpour previously served as CNN’s chief foreign correspondent before being lured away to ABC, where she vowed to bring a more global perspective to the previously beltway-centric “This Week.”

Under Amanpour's watch "This Week" has fallen down a notch to No. 3 in viewership rankings among Sunday political talk shows, behind NBC’s “Meet the Press” and CBS’ “Face the Nation,” The New York Times reported.

Selected Reading: HufPo, NYT
 

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