Christiane Amanpour may soon be giving up the anchor chair on ABC News’ “This Week.” Sources say network honchos are mulling who might replace the award-winning journalist, who has struggled in the ratings since she jumped from CNN to take the reins of the public affairs show in August 2010.
“There are discussions of Amanpour’s role
changing to that of a global affairs anchor,” a source said. Possible
names to fill her seat include ABC’s Jonathan Karl, Terry Moran, Matthew Dowd and Jake Tapper. “Good Morning America” anchor George Stephanopoulos,
who hosted the show for eight years, may take back his role and “pull
double duty” by hosting the morning show and the Sunday political talk
show. Page Six first reported that Amanpour reconnected with Turner CEO Phil Kent
over the summer about returning to CNN to cover international affairs.
Sources said she’s been “miserable” at ABC and clashed with network
executives. Other sources say the DC bureau never warmed up to Amanpour,
who was seen as an outsider, commuting to Washington every week to host
the show. An ABC rep said, “Christiane is an incredibly valuable member
of ABC News team.” (Source)