It’s anchors away at ABC News.
Diane Sawyer is ending her five-year run as the anchor of “World News” at the end of August and take on a new role, conducting in-depth investigations and enterprise reporting for future prime time specials, ABC officials said Wednesday.
Sawyer will be replaced by David Muir is expected to take over the broadcast on Sept. 2, immediately after Sawyer’s departure and will substitute frequently for Sawyer this summer when she takes time off, ABC sources told The News.
David Muir (left) will be taking over the anchor desk at ABC’s ‘World News’ in September. He’s seen here with Sawyer, George Stephanopoulos and ABC News chief James Goldston.
“As much as she loved leading World News to new heights — with so much important, brilliant and impactful reporting and a number one finish in the May sweep — Diane decided that now is the moment to concentrate full time on tackling big issues in new ways,” ABC News chief James Goldston told staffers Wednesday morning in a memo obtained by The News.
“For many years to come Diane will be a driving force at ABC News with her exceptional storytelling genius. She will create innovative television specials and events, and, of course, continue to conduct the biggest interviews with the most important and extraordinary people in the world,” Goldston wrote.