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David Muir’s ‘Responsibility’ to Jennings, Gibson, and Sawyer

MuirHe was the weekend anchor for “World News” for the last few years, but when 6:30pmET struck on Monday, David Muir felt it.

“I did feel the butterflies,” Muir told TVNewser at the launch party for Robin Roberts’ production company last night. “I walked down that hallway, the same hallway that Jennings, Gibson, and Sawyer walked down, and I would be lying if I didn’t say I felt a responsibility to them and to the folks at home.”

“All I wanted to do on Monday night, was somehow message to the viewers what an honor this is, and to somehow find a way to thank Diane for being a true friend and more than a friend; a force who I’ve been lucky to travel the world with and who’s now cheering me on. It’s been a great gift.”

Last week, Muir spoke with us about his plans to hit the road for “World News Tonight.”

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‘NBC Nightly News’ Gets a Studio Refresh

If you watched “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” tonight, you may have noticed a few changes to the broadcast. “‘Nightly’ is making a few updates within Studio 3B to better take advantage of our space and graphics capabilities,” an NBC News spokesperson tells TVNewser. Among the changes, the show open and story introductions make use of studio monitors — and wider camera shots —  rather than over-the-shoulder graphics.

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This is the first update since “Nightly” moved into Studio 3B in 2011. The studio was built at the time to house both “Nightly News” and “Rock Center, ” which was canceled last summer. We’re told the show will be experimenting with other camera angles and styles over the coming weeks. The “Nightly” updates come during the same week that ABC’s “World News Tonight” gets a new anchor in David Muir.

David Muir Plans to Hit the Road for ‘World News Tonight’

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As David Muir takes over the “World News Tonight” anchor chair, he still plans to report from the field for the broadcast. “I’m used to working weekends,” Muir joked with us last Friday as we sat down for a MediabistroTV “My First Big Break” interview. (Coming in a few weeks on TVNewser.)

Until last week, Muir anchored the weekend editions of “World News.” He’ll also continue anchoring “20/20.” Muir told us his ABC News bosses have always been receptive to story ideas that have taken him around the world. He gave us the backstory of one of those stories, which will be airing tonight.

David Muir, From 12-Year-old News Intern to ‘World News Tonight’ Anchor

WNTLogoWe’ve assembled some of the write-ups on David Muir as he begins anchoring “World News Tonight:”

  • The Associated Press: As a latchkey child of divorced parents growing up near Syracuse, N.Y., Muir took comfort from the news “family” that appeared on his television each evening. He watched ABC’s Peter Jennings, trying to guess who would be named “person of the week.”
  • The New York Times: His appointment marks a significant departure from the traditional anchor model in several self-evident ways. Unlike his two competitors, NBC’s Brian Williams and CBS’s Scott Pelley, Mr. Muir’s never done a stint as a White House correspondent, which has long been considered a virtual prerequisite for the job. He is also a lot younger than Mr. Williams, who is 55, and Mr. Pelley, 57. ABC says Mr. Muir’s youth was not a factor in his selection. But with the median age for evening news viewers now at 63.5, according to Brad Adgate of Horizon Media, the network is clearly counting on him to appeal to a younger audience.
  • The Daily News on how Muir’s seat at the news desk is a return to three white men anchoring the evening news: [It] is no reflection on them, but does bring anchoring back to one of the more undeniable traditions of network television news. A major part of the problem going forward remains this: While all the networks have some terrific women journalists, they remain outnumbered. For reasons rooted more in the sociology of America than official corporate Read more

David Muir Begins Run as Anchor of ‘World News Tonight’

“World News Tonight” anchor David Muir kicked off a new era of the ABC News flagship broadcast with a personal message to viewers and to his predecessor Diane Sawyer. “It is an honor to begin this journey with you,” Muir said at the beginning of the show. Signing off, he thanked Sawyer, who sent midway through the show, adding, “Thank you friend, for everything.”

Diane Sawyer Voices New David Muir ‘World News Tonight’ Promo

TVNewser got its hands on the first promo for “World News Tonight with David Muir,” which officially debuts Tuesday night. The promotional spot is voiced by former “World News” anchor Diane Sawyer.


ABC Brings ‘Tonight’ Back to ‘World News’

WorldNewsTonightFollowing Diane Sawyer‘s sign-off last night, the first promo to air teased what’s ahead on tonight’s show. Eagle-eyed viewers also noticed something different. As of today, ABC’s flagship broadcast is known as “World News Tonight.”

The broadcast had long been called “World News Tonight,” but ABC dropped the “Tonight” in 2006 during Charles Gibson‘s time as anchor. At the time, ABC News president David Westin explained, “Our flagship evening news broadcast has evolved well beyond thirty minutes on television. As we continue to expand ABC News and ‘World News’ into the 24-hour space created by the digital world, it makes sense for that reality to be reflected in the title of the broadcast.”

There’s no explanation this time for the change. The Twitter account for the show @abcworldnews already includes the new graphic and the Facebook link has been changed from World News to ABC World News Tonight. David Muir‘s name will be added to the title when he officially takes over as anchor next Tuesday. “World News Tonight” gets a new EP in the coming weeks as Almin Karamehmedovic moves over from “Nightline.”

Diane Sawyer Signs Off ‘World News:’ ‘I’ll See You Right Back Here on ABC News, Very Soon’

SawyerFinalIn what may be the most subdued evening news transition since John Chancellor handed off “NBC Nightly News” to Tom Brokaw and Roger Mudd in 1982, Diane Sawyer signed off “World News” tonight. ABC hadn’t announced when Sawyer’s final show would air. That news came in a tweet from Sawyer this afternoon.

After a first block of news of the day, the second block included a David Muir “Made in America” report, a franchise which started under Sawyer’s watch. Muir said the ABC team has produced 154 reports and three updates since the series started three years ago. Sawyer then passed the torch her successor. “You know his command and commitment to bringing you the news, and let me just say to you personally right here, I cannot wait to see you in high gear. Let it begin.”

The third block took viewers behind the scenes, with a piece on those who put the show together: producers, writers, editors, correspondents, graphic designers, production crew and more. “Our teams across the country, our teams around the globe working under tight deadlines every single day,” said Sawyer, who then gave viewers a live peek into the control room. Here’s Sawyer’s final block goodbye:  Read more

Executive Producer Changes at ABC News

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First on TVNewser: Big changes are coming to the producer ranks at ABC News.

TVNewser has learned “Good Morning America” Senior Executive Producer Tom Cibrowski (above, left) is being promoted to senior VP of programs, newsgathering and special events. Taking his place at the nation’s No. 1 morning show is current “World News” EP Michael Corn (above, center). Taking Corn’s job at “World News” is “Nightline” EP Almin Karamehmedovic. Karamehmedocvic, who has been with ABC News since 1989, arrives at “World News” as the program sees its first anchor change in nearly five years. David Muir takes over for Diane Sawyer next week.

Karamehmedocvic, a native of Bosnia and Herzegovina, has deep roots in international reporting for ABC. In 2001 he was one of the first journalists to gain access to Tora Bora, Afghanistan where Osama bin Laden was holed up, and in 2003 was a U.S. Army embed during the invasion of Iraq. A replacement at “Nightline” will come later, we hear.

Corn leaves “World News” as the show has consistently been winning in the A25-54 demographic, while still trailing “NBC Nightly News” among total viewers. He joins “GMA” as that broadcast enters its third year as the No. 1 morning show.

The moves will be announced by ABC News president James Goldston this morning.

> More: Goldston’s notes to staffers, after the jump…

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Diane Sawyer’s Final ‘Person of the Week’

As Diane Sawyer prepares for her final week as anchor of “World News,” last night she presented her final Person of the Week, a Friday franchise that goes back decades, to when Peter Jennings anchored “World News Tonight.” For Sawyer’s final Person of the Week, she revisits several of the people she’s profiled over the years. David Muir takes over as “World News” anchor Sept. 2.

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