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Gibson Retires, Sawyer to ‘World News’: Statement from Brian Williams

brian_w_9-2.jpgTVNewser has received a statement from NBC “Nightly News” anchor Brian Williams about Charlie Gibson‘s retirement from “World News” and the announcement that Diane Sawyer will become ABC’s new anchor.

I would love to say that ABC’s loss is NBC’s gain, but then they went and appointed Diane Sawyer to replace Charlie Gibson. That doesn’t lessen the competition one bit.

Charlie is a pro, and he’s been the most able competition anyone could ask for. Diane is no different — a legendary name in our business for decades — and now we’ll have to work every bit as hard every day to put on the best newscast possible. This is more evidence that the competition has never been more robust among the three network evening newscasts, and it keeps us all sharp, aggressive and on our toes. Congratulations to Charlie, congratulations to Diane, and Katie and I will continue to work hard every day.

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