Former EP Jon Banner Joins George Stephanopoulos With Return to ABC News' 'This Week'
Following Christiane Amanpour's departure, the network is also making some changes behind the camera.
When ABC News' relaunches This Week in January with George Stephanopoulos back in the moderator's seat, he'll be joined by a former colleague from his 2002-2010 tenure on the Sunday morning political talker.
Executive producer Jon Banner is returning to the series as well, as first reported by The New York Times.
Banner ran the series from 2000 to 2003 before leaving for ABC's nightly World News broadcast, where he continued to consult Stephanopoulos until he left the post for his current job on Good Morning America. Both men reprise their old gigs with the Jan. 8 broadcast.
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“Jon and George have a long history working together,” said ABC News president Ben Sherwood in a memo to staffers. “They share an editorial vision for the broadcast and when they teamed up last they steadily expanded the program’s audience. As partners again, I am confident they will produce excellent results.”
These changes come on the heels of This Week host Christiane Amanpour's departure from her job of a year and a half to launch a global affairs program on CNN International -- while continuing to report for ABC on various specials.
Amanpour's top This Week producer, Rick Kaplan, retains a full-time ABC News post, though it is not yet certain in what capacity.