ABC says Muir replacing Sawyer at ‘World News’

NEW YORK — ABC News is making a generational change at the top of its evening newscast, replacing Diane Sawyer with 40-year-old understudy David Muir in an attempt to take a run at longtime ratings leader Brian Williams at NBC’s “Nightly News.”

ABC also announced today that George Stephanopoulos will add the role of chief anchor for live news events and election nights 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 doing prime-time specials and landing newsmaking interviews, where theoretically she’ll have less internal competition with Barbara Walters semi-retired and Katie Couric now at Yahoo.

When Muir starts as “World News” top anchor on Sept. 2, it makes that role a men’s club at the broadcast networks again, as he joins Williams and Scott Pelley of the “CBS Evening News.”


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