Diane Sawyer steps down as ‘ABC World News’ anchor

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Diane Sawyer will step down as the anchor of “ABC World News,” Chris Ariens reports in TV Newser. David Muir will be the new anchor and managing editor.

George Stephanopoulos will be ABC News’ chief anchor, Ariens reports: “He’ll lead special reports, breaking news and election night coverage for the network as well as continuing with ‘GMA’ and ‘This Week.’”

Sawyer in May. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

Sawyer in May. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

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Sawyer “will focus on primetime specials, big interviews, and enterprise reporting for the network,” Ariens writes. In a memo to staff, ABC News President Ben Sherwood says “I’m excited to watch her elevate all of our programs and platforms with her new ideas, dynamic team, and her signature reporting, interviewing and storytelling.” He continues:

I also want to salute George and David, consummate and complementary pros who will – as always – make ABC News shine on the biggest, most important stories around the clock and around the world. From moments of triumph to moments of crisis, George and David will guide the way with intelligence, enterprise, understanding and connection.

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