Christiane Amanpour is leaving “This Week” to become the global affairs anchor for ABC News. The Alphabet will share her with CNN International, which is skedded to begin airing a daily show, also focusing on global affairs.
Replacing Amanpour for the moment at “This Week” will be George Stephanopoulos, Jake Tapper and other members of the network’s political bench, according to ABC News spokesman Jeffrey Schneider. Amanpour will be anchoring multiple (reportedly as many as six) specials for the net.
“This is a recognition of her desire to get back out in the field, to work in primetime, to reach the audience at CNN International,” said ABC News senior veep of communications Jeffrey Schneider in a conversation with Variety. “We could not be happier that through this unique arrangement with ABC News her experience and global perspective are returning to a nightly news broadcast for our international audience,” said CNN topper Jim Walton in an emailed statement.
Schneider touted Amanpour’s international track record: “She has had an absolutely remarkable year with global exclusives on ABC News that were world-beating, from Mubarak to Qadaffi (both of whom gave interviews to Amanpour just before their fall from power).
In an e-mailed statement, Amanpour said that she was “looking forward to getting back into the field to report stories on global issues that matter greatly to the American people,” and called the dual role “groundbreaking, bold and very different.”
“It’s been an incredible experience to have had a ringside seat to democracy in action at ‘This Week,’ ” she said.