Monday, December 05, 2005

Elizabeth Vargas & Bob Woodruff to co-anchor World News tonight.

Media: TVNewser has the details

Elizabeth Vargas and Bob Woodruff will co-anchor World News Tonight beginning Tuesday, January 3, ABC News announced this morning. Beginning that day, ABC will broadcast a live edition of WNT to the West Coast each night. "Elizabeth and Bob together will be the anchors for this new broadcast and digital age of World News Tonight," David Westin said in the press release. "Their experience as journalists, their familiarity to our audiences, and their commitment to gathering and delivering the news anywhere, anytime and in every way make them the right team to take us forward for the next generation."
Props to TVWeek on October 3rd who first broke the news I think before anyone else this was the direction ABC was going.
"While it is not finalized and could change, ABC News is moving toward naming Bob Woodruff and Elizabeth Vargas as the permanent co-anchors of "World News Tonight," succeeding the late Peter Jennings, according to informed sources. ...However, well-connected sources inside ABC and other sources in the TV news circle say that ABC News hopes to beat CBS News to the punch by rolling out a younger-generation flagship newscast. Mr. Woodruff, who is 43, is seen as the epitome of that future. The ABC News spokesman said that what CBS does is not a factor in when ABC News will make its changes. Mr. Woodruff and Ms. Vargas have often anchored "World News Tonight," as has Mr. Gibson, since Peter Jennings announced he had been diagnosed with lung cancer in April. Mr. Jennings died in early August."

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