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Donaldson shifting roles at ABC News

Journo ankling '20/20,' launching Internet program

Bulldog journo Sam Donaldson is ankling his regular “20/20” anchor gig and the White House beat as part of a new multiyear deal with ABC News.

Donaldson will continue to file reports for the newsmag and other ABC News broadcasts, and will serve as a sub anchor for “20/20” as needed. He’ll also continue as co-host of “This Week With Sam Donaldson and Cokie Roberts” and will launch a new Internet-only news program to air three times a week on ABCNews.com.

“I am very excited about the opportunity to try some new things, and it is really only possible by stepping away from my regular duties at the White House and the weekly assignment of anchoring ’20/20,’ ” Donaldson said.

Charles Gibson will replace Donaldson as co-anchor of the Wednesday edition of “20/20,” ABC said.

In addition, the web confirmed Monday that Barbara Walters will anchor the Friday edition of “20/20” solo once Hugh Downs steps down later this month. Connie Chung and Jack Ford will anchor the Monday installments of the program.

Rotating anchors and correspondents will be used for the new Thursday edition of the newsmag. Branded “20/20 Downtown,” it will broadcast from remote locations.