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March-19-10

Christiane Amanpour to Anchor Sunday Morning's "This Week"

ABC announced yesterday that Christiane Amanpour will be the new anchor of the Sunday morning political talk show This Week. In August, Amanpour will join Candy Crowley, the new host of State of the Union as the only women currently anchoring Sunday political shows. Amanpour will be replacing George Stephanopoulos, who left This Week to become the anchor of Good Morning America in December 2009. Amanpour will also contribute to other ABC news programming and will anchor primetime documentaries for the network.

Amanpour has been at CNN for 27 years and is most well-known as their chief international correspondent. She became the anchor of her own show, "Amanpour" last year. At the risk of her own life, Amanpour was among the first television correspondents to bring the world's attention to the plight of women and girls under the brutal Taliban regime as it rose to power in Afghanistan.

ABC News President David Westin responded to criticism that Amanpour is an "out-of-the-box" choice with little background in domestic politics by saying, "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. All of us know how much the international and the domestic have come to affect one another -- whether it's global conflict, terrorism, humanitarian crises, or the economy," reported the Washington Post.

Media Resources: Washington Post 3/19/10; Feminist Daily Newswire 2/1/10; Feminist Majority Foundation Global Women's Rights Awards

   

     

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