Diane Sawyer Leaving ABC World News, David Muir To Take Over as Anchor

Diane Sawyer Exits ABC World News

Diane Sawyer will step down as anchor of ABC World News this fall, after nearly five years in the position.

David Muir, who has been the anchor of World News‘ weekend edition since February 2011, will take over as anchor and managing editor of the weeknight program effective Sept. 2.

Sawyer — who succeeded Charles Gibson as World News anchor in December 2009 — will stay on at ABC, focusing on major interviews, reporting and primetime specials (picking up some of the slack from “retired” Barbara Walters), MediaBistro reports, while Muir will continue to co-anchor 20/20 with Elizabeth Vargas.

Muir’s replacement for the World News weekend editions will be named at a later date. Let’s hope they don’t put out a “casting call” for “social media experts.”

Concurrent with the World News changeover news, it was announced that Good Morning America co-host/This Week anchor George Stephanopoulos has extended his pact with ABC News and in doing so added the title of chief anchor, making him the lead in special reports and election coverage.

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  1. Stuart says:

    I wonder if she’s going to take over the View?

  2. Wtactualf says:

    Diane Sawyer is a gifted journalist and an inspiration to all young women.

  3. Gail says:

    Its odd that George Stephanopoulos will be handling breaking news.as chief anchor. That has always been the job of the anchor of World News as well as the anchors of the evening news at NBC and CBS. I wonder if this was a compromise with George for not replacing Diane.

    • Jerry says:

      I thought the same thing…compromise!!

    • N tTVf says:

      I wonder if Stephanopoulos has an ‘out’ on his current contract w/ABC, that in the event he did not get the World News nightly anchor job, he could leave ABC and GMA prior to the end of his current contract.

      I also wonder what type of non-compete clause he has in his contract? If the contact did have an ‘out’ due to his not getting the World News anchor job, could that also null-void any non-compete clauses in the contract?

      I wonder – perhaps an opportunity for GS to leave GMA – he’s never going to get the World News Nightly News anchor job now at ABC – Muir will be there for years. If he went to CBS and the CBS Morning Show, and the audience/ratings grows (as it has at GMA during his tenure there), GS would have a better chance of eventually replacing Scott Pelley, who is now running third in that three horse evening news race.

      What better way to prove ABC wrong in their promoting Muir over GS? GS goes to CBS Morning Show and perhaps takes viewers away from GMA and pushes them back down to #2, and then takes Pelley’s job at CBS Nightly News and drive ABC and Muir down to #3.

      What better way to settle a score with whomever at ABC made that decision to bypass Stephanopoulos for the World News anchor job? Go to the competition and beat ABC on every level. That’s how you prove a point.

  4. Maxine says:

    She has been missing a lot of broadcasts lately. Maybe her husband has issues, he is 83.

  5. ChrisGa says:

    Not a huge shock. I think ABC has been grooming Muir as her successor for awhile now. Or maybe Muir has just been grooming himself as her successor. He is, after all, VERY well groomed. ;)

  6. Fairy May says:

    Don’t joke about the “social media experts” before you give anyone any ideas (ugh).

  7. Angie says:

    They don’t report news that matters anymore so good bye to another useless reporter.