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Sawyer not in running for Jennings slot at ABC

October 24, 2005

By Paul J. Gough

NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) – ABC News hasn’t named a
permanent replacement for the late Peter Jennings at “World
News Tonight,” but it did say Monday who it won’t be — Diane
Sawyer.

The network was responding to a report in Broadcasting &
Cable magazine that “insiders at the network are buzzing over
Diane Sawyer’s apparent interest in the blue-chip slot.”

But after speaking to both Sawyer and ABC News president
David Westin, Westin spokesman Jeffrey Schneider said Sawyer
was not a candidate for the evening anchor job.

It’s likely that Sawyer will probably be doing more
primetime documentaries, but she’s remaining at “Good Morning
America,” he said.

Sawyer has not been among the “World News Tonight” fill-in
anchors — Charles Gibson, Elizabeth Vargas and Bob Woodruff,
who have all been mentioned as candidates for the full-time
job.

There’s no timetable for ABC News’ announcement, Schneider
said.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter