Diane Sawyer Is Done Being ABC’s Evening News Anchor

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NEW YORK, NY - MAY 14:  Diane Sawyer attends A Celebration of Barbara Walters Cocktail Reception Red Carpet at the Four Seasons Restaurant on May 14, 2014 in New York City.  (Photo by D Dipasupil/Getty Images)
Photo: D Dipasupil/Getty Images

World News is losing Diane Sawyer after five years, ABC announced today, with 20/20 anchor and Sawyer’s sub David Muir set to take over in September. The transition to the new (white, male) generation also includes a fancy new title for George Stephanopoulos — “chief anchor” — who will head election coverage and anchor breaking-news events while keeping busy on Good Morning America and This Week. That leaves Sawyer time to “concentrate full time on new programming,” producing specials, and continuing to interview “the most extraordinary people in the world.” In other words, cruising, very gradually, into the newsperson sunset.