TVBizwire

Debate Moderator -- One of the Few to Be Generally Praised -- Gets a Promotion as ABC News Makes Personnel Moves TheWrap

With Jake Tapper jumping from ABC to CNN, as we reported earlier today, ABC News is making a couple of key personnel moves. TheWrap.com reports that Jonathan Karl will fill the void left by Tapper, becoming the division’s new chief White House correspondent.

Meanwhile, Martha Raddatz, who was widely praised for her work as moderator of the vice presidential debate back in October, steps up to become chief global affairs correspondent for ABC News, TheWrap reports.

“Raddatz will replace Tapper as the primary substitute for George Stephanopoulos on ‘This Week’ and will contribute regularly to the Sunday morning show's roundtable. Karl will also serve as a substitute and regularly appear on the roundtable,” the story reports.

A source familiar with the situation told the publication that one reason for Tapper’s departure from ABC is that he has had his sights set on hosting “This Week” full time, while Stephanopoulos appears poised to keep the job.

ABC News President Ben Sherwood announced the personnel moves involving Raddatz and Karl following CNN’s announcement that it had hired Tapper.

TheWrap reports: “Karl has investigated wasteful federal spending, covered elections, and served as the network's senior national security correspondent.

“Raddatz has reported from the Pentagon, the State Department, the White House, and from conflict zones worldwide, including Afghanistan and Iraq. But she has been perhaps most celebrated for keeping the vice presidential debate between Joe Biden and Paul Ryan on course after the moderator of the first presidential debate, Jim Lehrer, was accused of letting the candidates run amok.”

Martha-Raddatz.jpg

Martha Radditz