Amanpour $2 Million
December 14, 2011 by staff
Amanpour $2 Million, George Stephanopoulos is returning to Sunday mornings at ABC News, replacing Christiane Amanpour as host of the political talk show “This Week.”
ABC said Tuesday that Mr. Stephanopoulos, who returns Jan. 8, will remain as host of “Good Morning America,” although likely on a four-day schedule.
Miss Amanpour, meanwhile, enters an unusual job-sharing role where she will become ABC‘s global affairs anchor, contributing to prime-time shows on world news, while also being host of a daily show on CNN International.
“This role is groundbreaking, bold and very different,” Miss Amanpour said. “I am thrilled and honored.”
Critics wondered from the start whether the Iranian-born Miss Amanpour, a veteran foreign correspondent for CNN, was a good fit for a panel show dominated by American politics. It hasn’t budged from third place behind NBC’s “Meet the Press” and a resurgent “Face the Nation” on CBS, with the ABC show down 1 percent in ratings from last year.
Miss Amanpour’s reporting connections in the Middle East served ABC News particularly well during the Arab Spring, and she scored an exclusive interview with then-Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in February.
But the dawning of an American election year seemed to serve her competitors, old Washington hands Bob Schieffer at CBS and David Gregory at NBC, better.
The Sunday-morning show was much stronger in the ratings behind Mr. Stephanopoulos, who was host from 2002 to 2010. ABC moved him to New York and “Good Morning America,” which has done well in the ratings by teaming him with Robin Roberts.
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