Diane Sawyer leaving ABC's World News; Network announces new positions for Stephanopoulos and Muir

(WXYZ) - ABC News has announced a shuffling of positions at the network that will include Diane Sawyer stepping down from World News.

Sawyer will step aside from daily anchoring to work with a team that will create and commission original programming and interview for all of ABC News programs, across all of the networks platforms. This will include special programming and interviews.

“After wonderful years at “World News” I decided it is time to move to a new full time role at ABC News. I’ll be joined by an incredible team of journalists dedicated to enterprise reporting, innovative approaches to breaking news and new ways of thinking about big issues and events around the world,” Sawyer said in a news release. “I can’t wait to continue bringing more of my specials to prime time and appearing on all ABC News broadcasts, as well. And to my friends and colleagues George and David – congratulations. I look forward to exciting work together and great times ahead.”

Sawyer will be replaced as the network's chief anchor by George Stephanopoulos, who will remain with Good Morning America and This Week on Sundays. He will also lead ABC News' election coverage.

“Getting the chance to do work you love — work that touches people’s lives every day — is one of life’s greatest privileges,” said Stephanopoulos in a news release. “Even luckier is when you get to do that work with the best in the business – Diane, David and our entire ABC News team.  It’s an honor to be part of that team.  I can’t wait to build on our success — and bring our viewers our best — for years to come.”

ABC News has also named David Muir as the new Anchor and Managing Editor of World News, moving him from the weekend edition of the show. He will also continue as co-anchor of ABC's 20/20.

“On this incredibly humbling day, I think of the 12-year-old boy with a dream of being a reporter and seeing the world.  I never could have imagined seeing that world with Diane Sawyer,” said Muir in a news release. “On this day I thank her for not only setting the bar for the rest of us, but for being a trusted friend.  I cannot wait to begin this new adventure with Diane and with George, whose political brain power and endless curiosity inspire me, and drive us all to be better every day.”

The changes become effective September 2.

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