Charles Gibson Steps Down as ABC Anchor; Diane Sawyer to Replace Him


ABC World News anchor Charlie Gibson will be leaving the show in January. Diane Sawyer will succeed him. The Washington Post has more:

The move, announced Wednesday by ABC, will leave a sizable void at “Good Morning America,” where Sawyer’s star power will be hard to replace.

Gibson, who left “GMA” for the evening news anchor job in 2006, has had a solid run, winning critical praise and a solid second-place finish in the ratings race. But at 66, and with his wife Arlene having retired, Gibson approached ABC News President David Westin about two months ago and said he was strongly considering stepping down.

Westin never considered anyone but Sawyer for the broadcast, and when Gibson made his decision finally last week, he approached Sawyer, who had also been a contender for the anchor post in 2006 — the same year Katie Couric became the first female solo anchor, at CBS. Sawyer agreed to take the job Tuesday night.

The main question now is who will replace Sawyer on Good Morning America.

Interestingly, this also means nightly news has gone female. With Katie Couric succeeding Dan Rather on CBS, the anchormen of the past have mostly given way to anchorwomen.

Will a gender change influence the way people express and receive news? What do you think?

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