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Diane Sawyer Discusses Her Transition to ‘World News’ with Regis & Kelly

sawyerregis_2-23.jpg“ABC World News” anchor Diane Sawyer popped in across the way for a chat with Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa on their program this morning.

Sawyer admitted that she was nervous on her first day anchoring “World News with Diane Sawyer,” but said outgoing anchor Charlie Gibson gave her some parting advice: “The best thing he said to me was make sure before the broadcast, you spend some time by yourself. just sit and think in a room by yourself a little bit about what you want to do. I think that was great.”

She also told them her husband, director Mike Nichols, is particularly happy about the switch. “He really loves it,” she told Regis. “He said there’s so much more of you now.”

Sawyer and Philbin had a long chat about the time she kissed him on the lips. “It was just one of those issues where two adult people got carried away,” Philbin joked.

Diane Sawyer to Interview Obama on Monday

sawyerobama_1-22.jpg“ABC World News” anchor Diane Sawyer will sit-down with President Obama on Monday for an interview ahead of the State of the Union, according to the show’s producer Jon Banner.

Banner writes, “We have had a long standing request to talk to the President before his State of the Union speech Wednesday night and it comes after arguably the most difficult week for his administration.”

The interview will air on Monday Evening’s “World News,” which Sawyer will anchor from Washington.

Says a network insider, “Really? Obama’s third interview with ABC in 40 days — two in less than one week. This is starting to look very suspicious.”

George Stephanopoulos interviewed Obama Wednesday. Charlie Gibson sat down with the president Dec. 15.

Update: NBC News Files Complaint with White House Over ABC’s Access

Obama_1.21.bmp> Update: An NBC News spokesperson tells us, “NBC News did not file a formal or informal complaint about this interview.”

> Earlier: TVNewser has learned that NBC News has filed a formal complaint with expressed concern to the White House press office over the distribution of presidential interviews, specifically that several of the most recent broadcast TV interviews have gone to ABC News — including George Stephanopoulos‘s interview yesterday and Charlie Gibson‘s on December 15.

Complaints reportedly stem from Stephanopoulos’ friendship with White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel for helping land the interviews. But insiders tell us those decisions are generally left to Press Secretary Robert Gibbs.

ABC News spokesperson Jeffrey Schneider tells TVNewser, “We are always aggressive in our booking efforts and we were glad to have an interview with the President on such a big news day.”

The president hasn’t only spoken to ABC, far from it. Since the Gibson interview in mid-December, Obama has been interviewed by Tom Joyner and April Ryan of Urban Radio Networks, Scott Wilson of The Washington Post, Adam Nagourney of The New York Times, PBS’ Jim Lehrer, Roland Martin of CNN/TV One, Joe Klein of Time magazine as well as reporters from People and Essence.

Last year, NBC News got several days of access at the White House, including sit-down interviews with Pres. Obama for their “Inside the Obama White House” special — a series NBC has participated in for the last 40 years.

> More: It should be noted that complaints are often made to the White House press office when one network feels another is getting too much access.

Evening News Ratings: NBC Tops ‘World News’ in Sawyer’s First Week

Diane Sawyer made her ABC “World News” debut last Monday, and 8.97 million total viewers (2.41 million in the A25-54 demo) tuned in to watch that night. Charlie Gibson‘s final broadcast the previous week drew 8.96 million.

NBC’s “Nightly News” was again the top evening news program for the week, with Brian Williams drawing 800,000 more total viewers than Sawyer and “World News.”

Both NBC and ABC were up week-to-week, but the ratings are based on three-day (Mon-Wed) average for the holiday week.

Numbers for the week of Dec. 21:

  NBC ABC CBS
• Total Viewers: 9,370,000 8,560,000 6,160,000
• A25-54: 2,840,000 2,270,000 1,830,000

Evening News Ratings: 8.96 Million Tune In for Gibson’s Final Broadcast

ENLogos_11.10.jpgIt was Charlie Gibson‘s last week at “World News,” but ABC’s average for the five days still came in second to NBC’s “Nightly News.”

All three newscasts were down week-to-week and Brian Williams‘ program maintained it’s first place position by 730,000 viewers.

On Friday, however, Gibson and “World News” won the night by 250,000 viewers, drawing a total of 8.96 million, which was its largest Friday audience in nearly two years.

Also: Early Numbers for Diane Sawyer’s ‘World News’ Debut

• Total Viewers: NBC: 9,220,000 / ABC: 8,490,000 / CBS: 6,190,000

• A25-54: NBC: 2,850,000 / ABC: 2,390,000 / CBS: 1,890,000

ABC’s ‘World News with Diane Sawyer’ Debuts

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Diane Sawyer made her debut as the anchor of ABC’s “World News” this evening. Sawyer has filled-in on the newscast in the past, but this was her first night with her name in the program’s title.

“Good evening and it is so good to be here with you tonight,” she said at the start of the broadcast. She then introduced a segment, reported by Jonathan Karl, on the evening’s lead story: the health care reform bill. Sawyer was also joined on set by her “Good Morning America” successor, George Stephanopoulos, for a health care discussion. There was a slight technical glitch at the end of the first segment during Sawyer’s “tease” for segment two.

The program had a new appearance — with its first new graphics look in five years — and a new announcer, who takes over for longtime ABC News announcer Bill Rice.

Other stories included holiday travel problems and Sawyer’s interview with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and a closing piece on whether holiday packages will make it to their destinations on time.

Sawyer closed the program acknowledging her predecessor: “And that is “World News” and for one last time for you Charlie Gibson, I hope you had a good day and a great night. I’m Diane Sawyer I’ll see you tomorrow.”

Sawyer, who previously anchored “Good Morning America,” was named Gibson’s successor after he announced his retirement from ABC News earlier this fall.

Gibson anchored his final “World News” broadcast on Friday. Sawyer’s final “GMA” broadcast was on December 11th.

For Day One, Diane Sawyer Interviews Iranian President

Diane_12.20.bmpDiane Sawyer didn’t take a week off between anchor stints on “Good Morning America” and “World News,” which now bears her name.

Last week she traveled to Copenhagen and interviewed Pres. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad after he attended the UN conference on climate change. Sawyer missed Charlie Gibson‘s farewell party Thursday night due to the assignment.

The interview, which received White House reaction this morning from Obama adviser David Axelrod on ABC’s “This Week,” airs tomorrow night on the debut of “World News with Diane Sawyer.”

The Video Wall: Charlie Gibson Edition

• A “World News” montage of Charlie Gibson‘s political reporting for ABC News over the 34 years he worked there.

• Gibson looks back on some of the most memorable characters he’s come across in his time at “World News.”

• Gibson chillin, playin an intense game of scrabble with Lil’ Wayne.

• The historic moments and stories Gibson covered during his tenure with ABC News.

Video Wall* after the jump.

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Charlie Gibson Signs Off ABC ‘World News’

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This evening was Charlie Gibson‘s final broadcast on ABC’s “World News.”

Gibson announced he would be retiring from the program and from ABC News in September. Diane Sawyer, who ended her run at “Good Morning America” last Friday, will take over the program starting Monday.

“It’s hard to walk away from what I honestly think is the best job in the world,” Gibson said at the end of the newscast. “There is so much to do in the years I have left, I don’t want to miss any of it. It has been a privilege and an honor to be here, working with reporters, producers and staff for whom I have unbounded respect. This is, for them, as it has been for me, as it was for Frank Reynolds, as it was for Peter Jennings, a labor of love.”

He also stressed how important objectivity is for his business and said,”It is what we strive for each night. It is my hope that is what you have looked for and that is what you have found when you come to abc’s ‘World News.’ You’ll find it with my pal Diane Sawyer, who assumes this chair on Monday.”

“That is ‘World News’ for this Friday,” he said at the close. “I’m Charlie Gibson, and I hope you’ve had a good day. I’ve had so many good days here.”

ABC then ran a montage featuring President Obama, former Presidents W. Bush, Clinton, H.W. Bush, and Carter as well as a host of comedians, musicians, actors, athletes, and many fellow journalists, including Joan Lunden, Katie Couric, and Brian Williams, sending their wishes. The broadcast concluded with an emotional scene of Gibson sitting at his desk, surrounded by the applause of the ABC News staff. (Video below, more photos after the jump.)

More: After the broadcast, we hear that around 150 staffers — including ABC News President David Westin — as well as Gibson’s wife and daughters gathered for a champagne toast.

“World News” EP Jon Banner delivered his toast to Gibson, describing what he meant to the show and to the staff personally. “After all you have accomplished professionally — as we re-lived over the past few days — you never forgot where you came from,” Banner said, according to someone in the crowd. “You not only taught us right from wrong in journalism, you taught us right from wrong in life. And for that, we are forever grateful.”

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ABC News Colleagues Celebrate Gibson’s Career

Last night in New York, hundreds of Charlie Gibson‘s friends and colleagues turned out to celebrate his work at ABC News over the past nearly 35 years.

In a toast, ABC News president David Westin said, “The first rough draft of history over this generation has been seen by an entire nation through the eyes of Charlie Gibson,” adding that Gibson’s leadership has been “an essential glue that has held us all together.”

Tweeting that night, WH correspondent Jake Tapper described him as “a man beloved and respected” and “GMA Weekend” co-anchor Bill Weir wrote, “Years from now I’ll brag that ‘I worked with Charlie Gibson.’”

Here are some of Gibson’s remarks from the speech he delivered:

“You can’t forget how important it is what we do,” he said. “You get caught up in the competitive aspects, you get caught up on so many ephemeral things and you get worried about this and that, but in the bottom line, the most important thing, overall, is that what we do is important.”

“It has been an honor to work with all of you, truly an honor,” he added. “I have loved every damn day of it. Thank you.”

Below is a video tribute the network put together about the event and his career:

Related: Charlie Gibson leaves ABC News today as the last old school network TV anchorman (St. Petersburg Times)

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