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ABC says Muir replacing Sawyer at 'World News'

By David Bauder

AP Television Writer

LAST UPDATED: 07:04 a.m. HST, Jun 25, 2014

NEW YORK >> 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.

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serious wrote:
Wise choice. He has a excellent voice and a good presentation. I was surprised Diane lasted so long. Like Katie Couric she just didn't sound or look right for the job.
on June 25,2014 | 07:25AM
samidunn wrote:
How come the SA never has any news about the IRS scandal or immigration?
on June 25,2014 | 10:33AM
Wonderful_World wrote:
No news there since there is "not even a smidgen of corruption"!
on June 25,2014 | 12:53PM
cojef wrote:
There's a time to stay and time to leave. She is past the legal retirement age so she is wise to play a lesser role at ABC and still keep working at a pace that she comfortable with. Been retired for 24 years and have not looked back.
on June 25,2014 | 10:44AM
awahana wrote:
Dan Rather is the man. He stood up for what he thought was important. Much like Snowden. They are both martyrs in the age of government spying and the lack of social unrest for the wrongs of our leaders.
Obama, are you listening?
on June 25,2014 | 11:42AM
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