“I am delighted to announce that Christiane Amanpour will join ABC News as the new anchor of “This Week,” Westin said in an e-mail to the ABC News staff. “A highly respected journalist recognized around the world for her reporting, she brings to her new position a wealth of experience and knowledge, as well as a deep commitment to bringing news of the world to the American people.”
Westin said Amanpour will appear on other ABC News programs and platforms to provide international analysis on the issues of the day, as well as anchor primetime documentaries on international subjects for the network.
“With Christiane we have the opportunity to provide our audiences with something different on Sunday mornings. We will continue to provide the best in interviews and analysis about domestic politics and policies. But now we will add to that an international perspective,” Westin said.
Amanpour will join ABC News in August and replaces George Stephanopoulos, who became the new anchor of “Good Morning America” in December. ABC News Senior White House Correspondent Jake Tapper will be the regular, interim anchor of “This Week” until Amanpour’s August premiere.
I like his move, first off because Amanpour is a journalist who has a view not dominated by the overly high regard for Washington political gamesmanship and who often has been able to look beyond the lazy left/right equivocation that passes for analysis on many political news shows.