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Kaplan Returns to ABC News as EP for “This Week”

CBS Evening News EP Rick Kaplan is returning to ABC News where he spent more than 20 years as a producer for “Good Morning America,” “Nightline,” “PrimeTime Live,” and “World News Tonight with Peter Jennings.”  In his new role, Kaplan will take the reins of “This Week with Christiane Amanpour.”

Kaplan, who has served as president of both MSNBC and CNN in the past, will be filling the role left by former EP Ian Cameron who left the show last fall.  He will be based in New York and commute to Washington weekly for “This Week.”  Fun fact:  In his 40 years in the news business, Kaplan has won 44 Emmys, 8 Murrows, 4 DuPonts, 2 RFK’s and 2 George Foster Peabody Awards.

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AP Reports: Top Producer of ‘This Week’ Calls it Quits

From the NEW YORK (AP) -

“The top producer of ABC’s “This Week” with Christiane Amanpour is quitting.
Ian Cameron says the weekend work has been tough on his family and he wants more regular hours. Cameron is married to Susan Rice, the nation’s ambassador to the United Nations, and he’s leaving ABC News altogether after 13 years in Washington. “This Week” has struggled in the ratings since Amanpour took over this summer as an unconventional choice for the Washington
insiders show. ABC News President David Westin said Friday that Cameron had done an “outstanding” job in leading “This Week,” first with George Stephanopoulos and now with Amanpour. James Goldston, the New York-based executive producer of
“Nightline,” will take over responsibility for “This Week,” as well.”

CNN’s Amanpour says YES to ABC

CNN_ChristianeAmanpour.jpg This just in…

CNN’s Christiane Amanpour will be the new host of ABC’s “This Week”.

From ABC’s David Westin:
I am delighted to announce that Christiane Amanpour will join ABC News as the new anchor of “This Week.” 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. She will also appear on all other ABC News programs and platforms to provide international analysis of the important issues of the day. And, she will be anchoring primetime documentaries on international subjects.

Christiane will join us from CNN where, for two decades she has reported from the worldÂ’s major conflicts, including those in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia, Rwanda, and the Balkans. She has received every major broadcast journalism award. A formidable interviewer, she has sat down in global exclusives with many of the worldÂ’s leaders and military chiefs from the Middle East, Iran, Iraq and Afghanistan to Africa, Europe and the United States.

More than once over the years we’ve talked with Christiane about her joining us in one position or another. Until now, it wasn’t the right time or the right fit. We are fortunate that this time it worked for Christiane and for us.

With Christiane we have the opportunity to provide our audiences with something different on Sunday mornings. We will continue to provide the best in interviews and analysis about domestic politics and policies. But now we will add to that an international perspective. All of us know how much the international and the domestic have come to affect one another – whether it’s global conflict, terrorism, humanitarian crises, or the economy. And our international reporting has long been a hallmark of ABC News, part of the legacy Peter Jennings left for us. Christiane will bring the international and the domestic together, in the interviews she does and in the roundtable over which she presides. Our audience has come to us for years to see differing points of views expressed in intelligent and compelling ways; now the different points of view will be expanded beyond partisan politics alone.

Christiane will be joining ABC News in August. Until then, Jake Tapper has agreed to become the regular, interim anchor of “This Week.” Ian Cameron will continue as executive producer. All of us owe a debt of gratitude to him and to Jake, Terry Moran, Jonathan Karl, Barbara Walters, Elizabeth Vargas, and Matthew Dowd for taking up the reins of the program during this transition. Thanks to their hard work and dedication we’ve maintained the high standards set by George Stephanopoulos before he left the program for “Good Morning America.”

Please join me in welcoming Christiane to ABC News.

A Few Notes on the Sunday Shows

• Turns out NBC’s Meet the Press’ exclusive with General Motors CEO Fritz Henderson wasn’t much of an exclusive. Henderson was also booked on CNN’s State of the Union Sunday. TVNewser has more.

• US Ambassador to the UN Susan Rice was George Stephanopoulos‘ guest yesterday. TVNewser points out Rice is married to This Week executive producer Ian Cameron. At the end of the interview, Stephanopoulos said, “One more note to that interview taped just a few minutes ago, you should know that Ambassador Rice’s husband produces ‘This Week’ but to avoid any conflict he was not involved in any way, with today’s interview.” He also blogged about how ABC made the booking here.

• “They are like the Brangelina of politics right now. We call them Barchelle.” That was conservative author and blogger Danielle Crittenden on CNN’s Reliable Source with Howard Kurtz yesterday, discussing President and First Lady Obama in Europe.

• And finally, from the Daily Beast, the seven best moments from Sunday talk.

Ian Cameron: An Update

As we reported last week, Ian Cameron has been tapped as executive producer for ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos.”

That prompted lots of readers to bring this to our attention: Cameron’s wife is Susan Rice, an Obama advisor and top candidate for Secretary of State should the Illinois senator win the White House.

ALSO: We hear that Hardball EP John Reiss applied for the gig and that ABC approached Janet Leissner, the former CBS News DC bureau chief, who took a pass.

>UPDATE: A reader writes in:

    Re: Ian Cameron and Susan Rice — why is it more pertinent now than when he was the senior producer in Washington for World News? Same “issues” still exist — they’ve never made a secret of it, and no one’s complained about his ability to cover Obama before, have they? She was an adviser to John Kerry too.

Fair point. And to be clear: We’re not editorializing on whether it matters. We’re just adding information to the story.