ABC’s “World News” anchor Diane Sawyer signed off from her role at the evening newscast on Wednesday, the Associated Press reports.
Sawyer, who will be replaced next week by David Muir, had held the post since December 2009. While her impending departure was in the works for some time, it wasn’t clear until this week that she wouldn’t anchor the program tonight or Friday.
“It has been wonderful to be the home port for the brave and brilliant forces of ABC News around the world and to feel, every single night, you and I were in a conversation about the day together,” Sawyer told viewers Wednesday.
Even though the 68-year-old is stepping down from her “World News” role, she isn’t retiring, the AP notes. Instead, she will take on a reporting role, including seeking big interviews for ABC, the story adds.
“‘World News’ has been a steady No. 2 in the ratings to NBC’s ‘Nightly News,’ anchored by Brian Williams, for most of Sawyer’s tenure, although in recent months it has made inroads among some younger viewers. CBS, with Scott Pelley as anchor, is the third-place network,” the piece notes.
The ABC program has come out on top in the key news demo of viewers 25-54 for seven of the past eight weeks, as we reported earlier this week.
Here’s the clip of Sawyer’s parting comments Wednesday night: