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Amanpour time’s up at ’60 Minutes’

Correspondent ankles the TV newsmag

NEW YORK — Globetrotting CNN correspondent Christiane Amanpour is ankling “60 Minutes,” saying she has decided not to renew her deal with the CBS newsmagazine.

Amanpour had worked for “60 Minutes” part-time since 1996, contributing five to six stories a year to the program. She will continue to work as chief international correspondent for CNN.

“I have concluded that this unique arrangement has now run its course and therefore I have decided not to seek a renewal of my contract with ’60 Minutes,'” Amanpour said in a statement.

Working for “60 Minutes,” the first and most prestigious newsmag, is considered one of television journalism’s highest honors, making Amanpour’s decision unusual.

“60 Minutes” producer Jeff Fager was not immediately available for comment, but sources said Amanpour had sought a full-time job at the show, which wasn’t a possibility.

The show’s international stories are increasingly handled by Scott Pelley and Bob Simon, both full-time correspondents.

CBS has not announced whether it will renew the Wednesday edition of “60 Minutes,” and correspondents on that show — including Dan Rather, who is under contract with CBS for another two years — are also angling for positions on the Sunday program.

London-based Amanpour said, “I shall continue and intensify my work as chief international correspondent for CNN.”