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Musical Chairs: ABC’s Christiane Amanpour Hires Ousted Katie Couric Exec

Rick Kaplan
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Rick Kaplan will also oversee the network's political coverage.

Katie Couric's former CBS Evening News executive producer, Rick Kaplan, is returning to ABC News as an executive producer of  This Week with Christiane Amanpour.

He'll also oversee political coverage at the network.

Thursday is Kaplan's last day at CBS, which he joined four years ago to head up Couric's broadcast.

He started at CBS in the 1970s when Walter Cronkite anchored the Evening News. The following two decades, he worked at ABC News, and later went on to be president of CNN/U.S. from 1997 to 2000, and MSNBC from 2004 to 2006. (Couric will be replaced by Scott Pelley on June 6. She is eyeing a daytime TV show.)

Read the memo from ABC News chief Ben Sherwood below:

I’m delighted to report that Rick Kaplan is returning to ABC News as Executive Producer of This Week with Christiane Amanpour.  Rick will also oversee our political coverage.  His mission: To lead This Week to #1 and to guide ABC News to dominance in the 2012 elections and beyond.
 
As many of you know, ABC News is home base for Rick.  He spent some 20 years here as executive producer of Good Morning America, Nightline, PrimeTime Live, and World News Tonight with Peter Jennings.  Over the course of 40 years in news, Rick has worked at four major networks and served as president of two cable news operations.  Most recently, he served as executive producer of The CBS Evening News with Katie Couric.
 
Rick is a towering figure in broadcast news, winning 44 Emmys, 8 Murrows, 4 DuPonts, 2 RFK’s and 2 George Foster Peabody Awards.
 
His first charge will be to build on the extraordinary work of Christiane and her talented team.  From Tuscon to Egypt to Libya to Japan, Christiane has had a remarkable run with exclusive reporting and interviewing around the globe.  In tumultuous times ABC News viewers can count on Christiane and Rick to help explain the world.
 
On a personal note, I met Rick in August 1989 when I joined ABC News as an associate producer at PrimeTime Live.  Screening pieces with Rick still evokes the most vivid, visceral memories.  We all learned so much from Rick about storytelling, showmanship, and the fighting spirit.  I am thrilled that he’s returning at this exciting moment for our news division.
 
Welcome home, Rick.  It’s great to have you back.

Lindsay.powers@thr.com

Twitter: @LKPE