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article imageJournalist Christiane Amanpour quits as host of ABC 'This Week'

By Samuel Okocha     Dec 15, 2011 in World
Christiane Amanpour has left ABC News' prime time show, “This Week,” less than two years after joining the organization. She will return to CNN to host a weekly program while continuing at ABC News as foreign affairs anchor.
Former host of “This Week” George Stephanopoulos will return to the program Jan. 8, reports Washington Post.
CNN International confirmed that Amanpour will join the network in 2012 in a "unique arrangement" with ABC News.
"Christiane Amanpour has been synonymous with international reporting and with CNN for many years," CNN Worldwide President Jim Walton said in a statement emailed to staff. "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."
Reason for quiting 'This Week'
Editor-turned blogger for Washington Post Erik Wemple hinted that Amanpour may not have had the best of times anchoring “This Week.”
“We Americans don’t want Amanpour suffering through some panel discussion on domestic politics,” writes Wemple, saying her move “liberates both her and her fans.”
Also, according to the Washignton Post blogger, “It’s said that she couldn’t manage to boost the ratings of “This Week.”
CNN and Amanpour
Amanpour before leaving for ABC News spent 27 years in CNN, becoming a major force in the network’s international reporting. Her reports of the Persian Gulf War brought her popularity while contributing to CNN’s success in news coverage. In 2003, she had exclusive interviews with British Prime Minister Tony Blair and French President Jacques Chirac just before the War in Iraq, amongst other exclusives.
"I am looking forward to getting back into the field to report stories on global issues that matter greatly to the American people," the award winning journalist said, according to CNN.
Amanpour is the daughter of an Iranian father and a British mother and reportedly grew up in the two countries. She is married to James Rubin, current informal adviser to U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and President Barrack Obama.
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