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Christiane Amanpour to "This Week"



 It's official: Christiane Amanpour is the new anchor of "This Week."

  Here's the release:

  "I am delighted to announce that Christiane Amanpour will join ABC
News as the new anchor of "This Week," Westin said in an e-mail to
the ABC News staff. "A highly respected journalist recognized
around the world for her reporting, she brings to her new position a
wealth of experience and knowledge, as well as a deep commitment to
bringing news of the world to the American people."

Westin said Amanpour will appear on other ABC News programs and platforms
to provide international analysis on the issues of the day, as well as anchor primetime documentaries on international subjects for the network.

"With Christiane we have the opportunity to provide our audiences with something different on Sunday mornings. We will continue to provide the best in interviews and analysis about domestic politics and policies. But now we will add to that an
international perspective," Westin said.

Amanpour will join ABC News in August and replaces George Stephanopoulos,
who became the new anchor of "Good Morning America" in December. ABC
News Senior White House Correspondent Jake Tapper will be the regular,
interim anchor of "This Week" until Amanpour's August premiere.

"Christiane will bring the international and the domestic
together, in the interviews she does and in the roundtable over which she
presides," Westin said. "Our audience has come to us for years to see
differing points of views expressed in intelligent and compelling ways;
now the different points of view will be expanded beyond partisan politics

Amanpour will join ABC News from CNN where she has reported from the
world's major conflicts, including those in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan,
Somalia, Rwanda and the Balkans. Amanpour has sat down in global
exclusives with leaders and military chiefs from the Middle East, Iran,
Iraq and Afghanistan to Africa, Europe and the United States.

"I'm thrilled to be joining the incredible team at ABC News. Being
asked to anchor 'This Week' and the superb tradition started by David
Brinkley, is a tremendous and rare honor and I look forward to
discussing the great domestic and international issues of the day,"

Amanpour said. "I leave CNN with the utmost respect, love and admiration
for the company and everyone who works here. This has been my family
and shared endeavor for the past 27 years and I am forever grateful and
proud of all that we have accomplished."


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