Earlier this year, when Christiane Amanpour decided to leave CNN after more than two decades with the cable network to helm ABC’s “This Week,” she knew the time was right to begin a new chapter in her storied career as a journalist. “In life, when there is the right kind of change offered to you, it’s great to seize that moment,” she says.
“My mission has always been to create and occupy a place of substance and perspective on television,” explains Amanpour. Anchoring “This Week” was a fresh opportunity to do that because, she says, “I wanted to open a window on the world to a bigger segment of the American population — that was really a deciding factor for me.”
Of her new perch on broadcast television, she says: “Sunday mornings on American broadcast television are really special places designated for substance and for people who are really interested in what’s going on, whether it’s politics or policy.”
Although known for her globetrotting ways, she won’t be hemmed in by her new desk job in Washington completely. Amanpour plans to take her show on the road periodically “abroad and within the United States” and host at least one primetime on-location special year. (“This Week” also holds the unique distinction of being the only broadcast on American television to be shown on BBC World and airs in more than 200 countries.)
“I’m really keen on exploring the incredible dynamic that exists in the United States right now and will be traveling to do that,” she says.