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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