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Charles Gibson to Leave 'World News' Dec. 18

by Leonard Jacobs, posted Dec 2nd 2009 12:15PM
Including tonight's broadcast, Charles Gibson will occupy the anchor's chair at 'World News' just 11 more times before signing off permanently on Dec. 18, according to Variety.

In a statement posted on ABC's blog, 'The World Newser,' Jon Banner, executive producer of 'World News,' lauded Gibson, who has anchored the program since 2006. He noted how ABC is "preparing to see our very good friend and anchor off as he begins a new journey."Including tonight's broadcast, Charles Gibson will occupy the anchor's chair at 'World News' just 11 more times before signing off permanently on Dec. 18, according to Variety.

In a statement posted on ABC's blog, 'The World Newser,' Jon Banner, executive producer of 'World News,' lauded Gibson, who has anchored the program since 2006. He noted how ABC is "preparing to see our very good friend and anchor off as he begins a new journey."

That is a refreshingly positive, upbeat tone coming from a network where reports of infighting and backbiting has been rampant in recent weeks and months. Almost immediately after Gibson's retirement announcement, ABC named Diane Sawyer to replace him. Then there were reports, first published in the Daily Beast, that Gibson was "livid" with the choice. In November came further reports that Gibson was being openly hostile to Sawyer.

By choosing her, ABC sets itself in direct competition with Katie Couric at the 'CBS Evening News' and Brian Williams at 'NBC Nightly News.'

While ABC has yet to publicly confirm the timetable, it's widely expected that Sawyer, who currently co-hosts 'Good Morning America,' will slide into Gibson's chair on Dec. 21, following about a week of prep time.

Many pundits expected George Stephanopoulos, ABC News' chief Washington correspondent and longtime host of the Sunday morning news program 'This Week,' to be Gibson's replacement. Instead, speculation now is that Stephanopoulos may take over for Sawyer at 'GMA,' leaving a hole in 'This Week' to be filled -- or fought over -- in 2010.

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