Charles Gibson Retiring, To Be Replaced By Diane Sawyer
After 35 years at ABC, World News Tonight anchor Charles Gibson will be stepping down. Come January, Good Morning America host Diane Sawyer will take over the helm. When that happens, she’ll be battling it out with NBC’s Brian Williams (number 1 in the ratings) and CBS’ Katie Couric (a distant 3rd now that the Sarah Palin interviews have stopped). This decision means that the ratio of female to male anchors on the major network evening newscasts will be 2-1 (I realize that I’m stating the obvious).
ABC News has certainly come a long way since Barbara Walters‘ disastrous and controversial stint as Harry Reasoner‘s co-anchor thirty years ago. Full AP story on Gibson’s departure here. He’s had a long and distinguished career in the news industry, even if, lately, he’s best known as the guy who, in the same vein as Couric, stumped then-vice presidential candidate Palin on the Bush Doctrine: