Friday, March 19, 2010
CNN’s last remaining journalist from the herculean days before Ted Turner sold the once mighty cable news pioneer to Time Warner, Christiane Amanpour, will depart the network and join ABC as the anchor for This Week.
“I am delighted to announce that Christiane Amanpour will join ABC News as the new anchor of This Week. A highly respected journalist recognized around the world for her reporting, she brings to her new position a wealth of experience and knowledge, as well as a deep commitment to bringing news of the world to the American people.”
Amanpour’s move leaves CNN with a stable of woefully unqualified and pathetic on-air talent who includes: Wolf Blitzer, Rick Sanchez, Tony Harris, Kyra Phillips, TJ Holmes and Anderson Cooper. Sources who follow the cable news business say Cooper is in talks with CBS to replace Katie Couric at CBS when her contract expires next year.
CNN’s audience has steadily shrunk in recent years. CNN is regularly beat in the ratings by such cable outlets as Cartoon Network, HGTV, SyFy and LifetimeTV for Women.