Christiane Amanpour to Leave ABC's 'This Week'; Launch CNN Show

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She will continue to host specials on ABC, while George Stephanopoulos will return to anchor the Sunday political affairs program.

Christiane Amanpour is stepping down from the anchor chair at ABC's Sunday news program This Week. She has hosted the program for a year and a half and will continue to report for ABC via various news specials as well as launch a new global affairs program on CNN International.

Amanpour stepped into the This Week position following George Stephanopoulos' move to Good Morning America. Stephanopoulos will return as This Week's anchor and remain at GMA, reports the Associated Press.

Amanpour said in a statement Tuesday, "This is an exciting and unique opportunity for me to take my love of story telling to primetime at ABC News with multiple specials, as well as becoming a roving Global Affairs anchor across all ABC platforms.

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"I am looking forward to getting back into the field to report stories on global issues that matter greatly to the American people. At the same time, I will be broadcasting once again to millions of people across the world with a weekday show on CNN International.This role is groundbreaking, bold and very different! I am thrilled and honored.

"It's been an incredible experience to have had a ringside seat to democracy in action at This Week. It's been an incredible honor to anchor such a prestigious program and I thank all of you who have helped me on that journey."

With Amanpour as anchor, This Week was down one percent in ratings from last year and remained the No. 3 Sunday political affairs talk show behind NBC's Meet the Press and CBS' Face the Nation, notes AP.

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Prior to her ABC gig, Amanpour spent 27 years at CNN where she served as chief international correspondent and anchor of Amanpour.

CNN Worldwide president Jim Walton said, "Christiane Amanpour has been synonymous with international reporting and with CNN for many years. We could not be happier that through this unique arrangement with ABC News her experience and global perspective are returning to a nightly news broadcast for our international audience."

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