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Legendary NBC and ABC Director George Paul Retires

After more than 50 years in the TV news business, George Paul is hanging up his headset. Paul, who has directed everyone from Tom Snyder to Jane Pauley to David Brinkley and Diane Sawyer began in the business in 1954.

Paul joined NBC on the West Coast in 1969. He headed East and directed the “Today” show with Bryant Gumbel and Jane Pauley until he jumped to ABC in 1989 where he’s been directing, in the words of news boss David Westin, “hundreds of hours” of ABC News programs since.

The note from Westin, after the jump…

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Christiane Amanpour on the ‘New Perspective’ She’ll Bring to Sunday

amanpour_3-16.jpgAs we reported earlier today, Christiane Amanpour is leaving CNN after nearly 27 years with the network and heading to ABC News where she’ll succeed George Stephanopoulos as moderator of that network’s Sunday public affairs show, “This Week.”

TVNewser spoke with Amanpour this evening for a Q&A about working on a D.C.-based political show (she’ll still live in New York) and her thoughts about departing the network where she’s been such a prominent figure.

What are your feelings about leaving CNN?

Amanpour: I thought about this long and hard. Clearly, as you can imagine, it was an intense decision-making process. I’ve spent 26 and a half years at CNN and together with my colleagues we’ve built this incredible place. I have a great amount of respect and admiration for CNN.

It is a once in a lifetime opportunity to become a part of this honored tradition that is “This Week” and to build on it with an international perspective, and build on what “This Week” has forged over the years.

What kind of changes are you planning for the program?

Amanpour: The nuts and bolts are a work in progress. This is a show that’s established in viewers’ minds and in their hearts and in their interests. What we’re doing is building on it to include the international perspective. We’ll focus on the vital domestic policies and issues of the day and the international policies and issues of the day. We’ll use the perspective that I’ve gained over the years of being around the world and interviewing world leaders all over the place.

The round table will continue with the amazing people like George Will, who’s a national treasure, Paul Krugman, Donna Brazile and the ABC correspondents, Jake Tapper, Jonathan Karl, Martha Raddatz, who’s had incredibly distinguished career. I’m very very proud to be able to join in a collegial way with all these people.

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Barbara Walters to Host ‘This Week’ Next Week; Roger Ailes, Arianna Huffington Guest

Walters_1.24.jpgWell here’s some must-see TV.

Next Sunday, ABC’s Barbara Walters will guest anchor “This Week” from its studio at the Newseum.

Guests on the round table include Fox News Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes and The Huffington Post’s Arianna Huffington.

Walters last guest anchored the show on August 19, 1990, when Iraq invaded Kuwait and David Brinkley was host. She has appeared on the Sunday morning program as an occasional round table participant.

A rotating group of anchors and correspondents are hosting he public affairs show until a replacement for George Stephanopoulos is named.


George’s One Regret: ‘I Can’t Continue Here For Much Longer’

This morning, at the end of “This Week,” George Stephanopoulos talked about his upcoming job change, which begins bright and early tomorrow morning on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

“My only regret is that I can’t continue here for much longer,” said Stephanopoulos. He called the show, “a special and important forum,” since David Brinkley launched the broadcast 30 years ago. “It’s been a big part of my life. I’ll continue until a successor is named,” he told the audience.

Video after the jump.

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Remembering ‘Uncle Walter’

Gail Shister
TVNewser Columnist


Growing up, we had few family rituals. Walter Cronkite was one of them.

Every evening, after the dinner dishes were done, we gathered in front of the black-and-white Zenith in my parents’ bedroom and watched Uncle Walter on “CBS Evening News.” It was as close to a family hearth as would ever exist for us.

My father, a fiercely intelligent educator, held The New York Times in Biblical esteem. Still, no story was set in stone until he had heard it from Walter Cronkite. That unmistakable gravelly timbre, while not the voice of God, projected the same gravitas as that of Charlton Heston‘s Moses.

And that’s the way it was for millions of us. Before cable TV, before the internet, before Twitter, Facebook and killer apps, Walter Leland Cronkite Jr., the Missouri-born son and grandson of dentists, defined and delivered the news.

From 1962 to 1981, the world, as we knew it, was filtered through his eyes, and we trusted his vision. If Cronkite said it, it had to be true.

Now he’s gone, at 92 a victim of cerebrovascular disease. And with his death yesterday goes the last of the truly iconic newsmen. Occupants of that pantheon — Brinkley, Sevareid, Smith, Collingwood, Murrow — preceded Cronkite long ago.

Though he came from strong stock — his mother lived to 101 — Cronkite felt increasingly mortal with each of their passings. When David Brinkley died in 2003 at age 82, Cronkite, then 86, told this reporter he felt the loss “very keenly.”

“What you don’t realize until you get to my age is that when someone of your generation dies, it is a little loss of your own memory. There’s no one I can chew the fat with about the old days.”

Cronkite didn’t scream. He didn’t interrupt. With one infamous
exception, he didn’t editorialize. Hell, he didn’t even like adjectives in his copy. Magically, it all worked. For 14 consecutive years, until his forced retirement at age 65 – yes, 65!!! – “CBS Evening News” was the country’s most-watched newscast.

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