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Diane Sawyer to Anchor ‘World News’: ‘Another Nail in the Coffin of the Old Boys’ Network’

GibsonSawyer_9.3.jpgAnyone predicting a Diane SawyerKatie Couric “cat fight” come January “needs to get a life,” says Connie Chung.

“It’s a chauvinistic question,” explains Chung, 63, Dan Rather‘s co-anchor on “CBS Evening News” for about a minute and a half in the early ’90s. “The question should be, ‘How will Diane do against Brian [Williams] and Katie?’”

“Good Morning America’s” Sawyer, 63, will replace retirement-bound Charlie Gibson, 66, as anchor of “ABC World News” beginning in January, ABC announced yesterday. She’ll take on Williams’ No. 1 “NBC Nightly News” and Couric’s No. 3 “CBS Evening News.”

Wonder if Couric’s executive producer, Rick Kaplan, will take down the framed photograph of Sawyer on his office “anchor wall”? He was her E.P. on ABC’s “PrimeTime Live’ when it launched in 1989. Also in the gallery: Walter Cronkite, from Kaplan’s earlier CBS hitch.

While Sawyer was the obvious choice for “World News”, the sudden timing of the news caught many in the industry by surprise, including Chung.

“I never thought Charlie would give up the chair,” she says.

“I’m shocked,” says Emily Rooney, 59, of Boston’s WGBH and former E.P. of “World News Tonight.’ “He’s only 66. I don’t know why he would want to retire if the affiliates are happy. I’m always suspicious. My gut is that they promised her this.”

Jim Bell, E.P. of NBC’s champion “Today,” is relieved he won’t have to compete with Sawyer anymore, but says he’s surprised ABC “would tinker with ‘GMA’. It seemed like they were all in a good place.”

Were they? Who knows? ABC kept Sawyer and Gibson under wraps yesterday.

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A Fox News Producer Becomes a Father, and Andy Rooney a Great-Grandfather

Fishels_6.6.JPGCongratulations are in order for Fox News Pentagon producer Justin Fishel and his wife Gayle. Gayle gave birth to twins, Andrew Kirby Fishel and Liza Cassidy Fishel, a couple weeks ago making Justin’s grandfather, “60 Minutes” commentator Andy Rooney a great-grandfather.

Gayle and Justin met at Fox News Channel in 2001 while working on the assignment desk together. She has since moved to Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide where she is an Account Director in the consumer marketing sector. Justin has been working as the Fox News Pentagon Producer for the last two years.

And twins run in Justin’s family. His mother Martha and Aunt Emily are identical twins. Emily Rooney is a former ABC News producer who now hosts a show on WGBH in Boston. Justin’s uncle Brian Rooney is a correspondent for ABC News.