"I am delighted to announce that Christiane Amanpour will join ABC News as the new anchor of ‘This Week,’" ABC News President David Westin said in an email today to his staff. "A highly respected journalist recognized around the world for her reporting, she brings to her new position a wealth of experience and knowledge, as well as a deep commitment to bringing news of the world to the American people."
Amanpour will will take over "This Week" in August and will also provide international analysis on other ABC News programs as well as anchor primetime documentaries on international subjects for the network, Westin said.
Amanpour was quoted by CNN as saying in a statement, “I’m thrilled to be joining the incredible team at ABC News. Being asked to anchor ‘This Week’ and the superb tradition started by David Brinkley, is a tremendous and rare honor and I look forward to discussing the great domestic and international issues of the day.
"I leave CNN with the utmost respect, love and admiration for the company and everyone who works here. This has been my family and shared endeavor for the past 27 years and I am forever grateful and proud of all that we have accomplished.”
Amanpour was CNN’s chief international correspondent and anchored a daily interview program that premiered on CNN International in September 2009.