Christiane Amanpour Named ‘This Week’ Anchor

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.

ABC News President David Westin announced:

“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.

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13 Responses to Christiane Amanpour Named ‘This Week’ Anchor

  1. Walk on Socks says:

    I always liked Christiane Amanpour.

    Her work at CNN is solid journalism. Informative, intelligent and insightful. In recent years, I never saw her on CNN. It was as though they didn’t know where she fit in — if she fit in at all.

    In fact, I can’t recall the last time I saw her on air.

    Good on her. I think she will add much to ABC.

  2. Joe in Colorado says:

    I like her too. She’s smart. You know what I don’t understand? We’re allegedly at war with Islamic fundamentalism. Amanpour has contacts in this region, yet CNN fails to use her expertise to help America viewers understand why Iran, Pakistan and Yemen, is engaged in sponsored terrorism.

  3. Habib Ziad says:

    Christiane Amanpour is seen mostly on CNN International these days. Regular CNN no longer thinks international news is worthwhile to their small pool of viewers. ABC’s gain is CNN’s loss but I think this is an excellent fit for the excellent Ms. Amanpour and I will enjoy seeing her each Sunday morning on ABC.

  4. TOM339 says:

    CNN is regularly beat in the ratings by such cable outlets as Cartoon Network, HGTV, SyFy and LifetimeTV for Women.

    ROFL! Too funny. Cartoon and Sci-Fi kicks CNN’s ass. Now you know someone will try and defend CNN with “no one watches cable news in large numbers.”

    False. FOX gets 3 to 4 million viewers. So, is this the audience CNN thinks it can tap by hiring the radical, rightwinger Erick Erickson? Don’t bother CNN. You will lose.

  5. Aunt Peg says:

    I like Christiane Amanpour too. Good for her.

    This Week was terrible with George Stephanopolous so this is a smart move on ABC’s part. I plan to tune in as well. I hope Christiane is a success.

  6. libhomo says:

    I hope CBS hired Cooper. That self loathing sap will tank the ratings of that homophobic network.

  7. JollyRoger says:

    The Cheerleaders’ Neutered Network is a joke. I stopped watching many years ago, and it looks like I was a trendsetter.

  8. Brigadoon says:

    Everybody talks about the “old CNN” and how great is was compared to the current CNN. I was 6 or 7 when they launched so I have no perspective. All I can say is CNN sucks. They break for commercials every 4 minutes and they anchors obviously have no clue about the topic they’re covering. I suffered with them during the Haiti earthquake and I will never watch again.

  9. Peace Nick says:

    Amanpour is certainly qualified and I think she is very bright but, all too often, her reports center on Iran or Afghanistan and in all honesty, I’ve reached bowel tolerance about this part of the world.

    Why not cover South America? Cuba? Any nation in Africa? Even Mississippi or Nevada?

  10. Bee says:

    I like her, and CNN is crap these day, so I don’t blame her. Or Anderson.

  11. I hope that CNN responds by turning further right. Better they die quickly than linger. Then, after CNN is worth a few dollars, at best, maybe Ted Turner can buy it back (for far less than he got selling it) and start over. A girl can dream.

  12. feminazi says:

    I can’t recall the last time I saw Christiane Amanpour on TV. Of course, I stopped watching CNN for news long ago. She seems bright and her style is nonsense and I appreciate this is a journalist. I think in its current incarnation, Amanpour is superior to CNN and a move to ABC will suit her very well. It strikes me as a shame to see how poor CNN has become in the last 3 or 4 years. Even FOX does a better job at delivering the news and following a story.

  13. moeman says:

    Don’t forget the horrible john king, aka JKUSA!!!

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