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Diane Sawyer signed off as anchor of ABC’s “World News” Wednesday night after announcing yesterday on Twitter it would be her final broadcast.
Sawyer will remain with the network and in June, ABC News president James Goldston explained, “She will create innovative television specials and events, and, of course, continue to conduct the biggest interviews with the most important and extraordinary people in the world.”
Sawyer’s sign off:
“And now it is time to say good night. And I just want you to know what a deep privilege it has been to sit in the anchor chair at ”World News” these years, the flag ship broadcast of ABC where Peter Jennings created a signature of such curiosity and courage. 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.
Sometimes, as we know, there have been tough stories on “World News,” but you always made it clear, like me, you believe better will come, that the future is one of possibility. And there has been so much to celebrate here as well, connections, community, America, and the generosity of our neighbors next door. I want you to know none of that will change. ”World News” is dedicated to what informs, and we always hope helps make your life better. On a personal note, as I said I’m not going far, down the hall, up the stairs, and I am not slowing down but gearing up in in a new way, already at work on some of the stories that take you into the real lives around us, the ones we rarely get to see.
And starting next week, the anchor and managing editor, David Muir will be right here. He is my friend and you are in strong and steady hands. So one last time: it is good to know you are watching tonight. To Mike and the four grandchildren and the perfect parents, I look forward to being home early for some dinners again. For gratitude during these years, I thank you and I’ll see you right back here on ABC News very soon. Good night.”
Click through for three videos from last night’s broadcast of “World News,” including a tribute to Sawyer, a thank you to her staff including many familiar Washington faces, and her well-wishes for Muir. Read more
It is, and full disclosure, was written by FishbowlDC editor Nick Massella.
Lippman was profiled in the DC glossy for his new-ish gig at POLITICO, the same outlet that wrote about him in 2009 as a GW student in regular correspondence with members of the White House press corps, pointing out misspelled names, broken hyperlinks, etc.
And yet that wasn’t his first time being interviewed as the focus of an article. In 2005 – at the age of 15 - The New Yorker did a “Talk of the Town” piece on him after having his question answered during several of the Bush administration’s ‘Ask the White House’ web forum. Read more
The move channels the jump made by the fictional character of Adrienne Brown in Tanabe’s first book The List, a novel about a late 20s Town & Country writer who leaves the glossy to cover politics for The Capitolist, a foe-outlet that mirrors POLITICO, where Tanabe was prior to writing the book.
In her recent pieces on Washingtonian.com, Nelson has written about Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, “Watergate Witness John Dean,” and Andrea Mitchell. We think she’ll will do just fine in her new role at NJ.
Romney flirts with 2016: I’d take on Hillary, but better GOP option coming (The Washington Times). Diplomat not arrested following beating (WTOP). Nice on Thursday, but a heat wave is on the way (CBS 9).
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In the run up to the 2014 midterm elections, C-SPAN plans to air more than 100 Senate, House, and governor debates, with simulcast support from local broadcast stations and cable channels. The public affairs cable network also launched a landing page for video coverage of said debates, named Campaign 2014.
“With the balance of power at stake in Congress, especially in the closely watched U.S. Senate races, C-SPAN will be the one place where you can see all the debates in the most competitive races,” said C-SPAN senior EP and political editor Steve Scully, who will be managing the network’s political team for the 2014 midterms. “Our partnerships with the local broadcast stations and cable companies across the country who televise these debates locally make our comprehensive coverage possible.”
Fall debate coverage on C-SPAN begins September 3 at 7pm with the North Carolina Senate debate on C-SPAN, C-SPAN radio, and C-SPAN.org.
FOX News Channel will present “13 Hours at Benghazi” hosted by chief political anchor Bret Baier on Friday, September 5 at 6pm. The documentary features an exclusive interview with three American security personnel, revealing for the first time their identities, who fought in the September 11, 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya that resulted in the deaths of four Americans including Ambassador Christopher Stevens.
The program is based on Mitchell Zuckoff and the Annex Security Team’s forthcoming book 13 HOURS: The Inside Account of What Really Happened in Benghazi, and according to FOX News, will explore “Whether or not military assistance was requested by the security team and whether orders from above hindered their response to the violence that claimed the lives of U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans.”
The documentary will rebroadcast that night at 10pm; Saturday, September 6 at 5pm, 9pm, and midnight; and Sunday, September 7 at 8 and 11pm.
During his final week as host of “The Daily Rundown” before taking over as “Meet the Press” moderator, Chuck Todd‘s Rundown has featured surprise guests coordinated by producers including Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) this morning.
McCain, the most popular “MTP” guest in terms of his number of appearances, was on hand to offer advice to Todd in his new role.
Asked by Todd what he thinks the role of “Meet the Press” has been and should be in Washington and for America, McCain responded, “I think it has been not just the oldest, but the premier Sunday encounter that the American people can have with leading figures in the political world. I would suggest that rather than try to expand it and do all kinds of different issues and subjects and kind of cute little anecdotes, that we really do what you do best, and that is focus on the political dynamics that are going on in this country, which then means, ‘What are our policies. What are the dynamics’.” Read more