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Diane Sawyer stepping down from 'World News' in September

ABC World News anchor Diane Sawyer taping a

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Diane Sawyer, one of the driving forces in network news of the last quarter-century and only the second solo female anchor for an evening news broadcast, will step down from ABC's "World News" in September, ABC announced Wednesday morning. 

She will be replaced by David Muir, "World News" anchor for the weekend telecasts.

Here's the statement from ABC News chief James Goldston: 

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ABC News gets 'Happy'. . . but should it?

Diane Sawyer: The ABC evening news anchor, who

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Setting aside for the moment the advisability of having the anchor of one of television's most important news programs — and also the flagship for an entire division — dance to Pharell Williams' "Happy" (especially on a day when the wreckage of Flight 370 may have been found)...this promotion released this morning by "GMA" is actually pretty good. And uplifting. And fun.

 But back to my question... TV has long enlisted news talent in these sorts of things, particularly on the local front, so there's nothing necessarily unusual here. But ask yourself: Would Peter Jennings, Tom Brokaw or Dan Rather dance to "Happy?"

 OK, not to be too surly — I do love Diane Sawyer, after all — but here it is. Again, it's nice. Just bad timing and not the best use of Diane Sawyer's talents. 

  

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