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Chris Cuomo leaving ABC News for CNN morning show

Chris Cuomo, co-anchor of ABC's weekly prime time

Chris Cuomo, co-anchor of ABC's weekly prime time news program, "20/20," is leaving the network for CNN, his brother, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday. (Credit: AP)

Chris Cuomo, the veteran ABC News correspondent and brother of New York governor Andrew Cuomo, is moving to CNN, where he is expected to co-anchor a morning program designed to get well, viewers.

That's been an elusive goal for many many years at CNN in the morning, but Cuomo -- once groomed to take over at "GMA" -- is both up to the task and knows what he's up against.

Here are the official quotes -- and Cuomo is the second veteran ABC newsman to leap to CNN, following former White House chief correspodent Jake Tapper. Meanwhile, ABC has named David Muir Cuomo's replacement as co-anchor of "20/20:"  

Chris is an accomplished anchor who is already an established name in morning television, as well as a widely respected investigative journalist,” said Zucker. “What I love about Chris is that he is passionate about every story he tells, never forgets about the viewer and represents the type of journalism that makes CNN great.”

Cuomo said, “This is a fantastic opportunity to do what I value the most and hopefully to do the work that I do best. While it’s very difficult to leave ABC News, a place filled with people I have loved working with for many years, I am excited about my future with CNN.”

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