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Diane Sawyer To Leave World News, George Stephanopoulos Named Chief Anchor

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47 ABC - Big changes are coming to ABC, as a shift in roles was announced on Wednesday. Starting in September, Diane Sawyer will step down from anchoring World News, and hand over the reins to David Muir. Sawyer will be taking on a new role, as lead for new programming tackling big issues and extraordinary interviews. Sawyer said of the changes "After wonderful years at "World News" I decided it is time to move to a new full time role at ABC News. I'll be joined by an incredible team of journalists dedicated to enterprise reporting, innovative approaches to breaking news and new ways of thinking about big issues and events around the world. I can't wait to continue bringing more of my specials to prime time and appearing on all ABC News broadcasts, as well. And to my friends and colleagues George and David - congratulations. I look forward to exciting work together and great times ahead."

Starting September 2, Muir will become Anchor and Managing Editor of World News. "On this incredibly humbling day, I think of the 12-year-old boy with a dream of being a reporter and seeing the world.  I never could have imagined seeing that world with Diane Sawyer. On this day I thank her for not only setting the bar for the rest of us, but for being a trusted friend.  I cannot wait to begin this new adventure with Diane and with George, whose political brain power and endless curiosity inspire me, and drive us all to be better every day." said Muir. Muir is also co-anchor of ABC's 20/20, with Elizabeth Vargas. He will continue in that position, but will no longer anchor World News Saturday and Sunday.

Lastly, George Stephanopoulos, who anchors Good Morning America and This Week, has been promoted to Chief Anchor of ABC News, which means he will be handling special reports and breaking news. "Getting the chance to do work you love -- work that touches people's lives every day -- is one of life's greatest privileges. Even luckier is when you get to do that work with the best in the business - Diane, David and our entire ABC News team.  It's an honor to be part of that team.  I can't wait to build on our success -- and bring our viewers our best -- for years to come." said Stephanopoulos. Stephanopoulos will also be at the held of ABC News' election coverage starting with the mid-terms this fall, the 2016 presidential race and beyond.

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