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Bill Kristol Joins ABC News

Bill KristolLongtime Fox News contributor and editor and publisher of The Weekly Standard Bill Kristol has joined ABC News as a contributor, “This Week” host George Stephanopoulos announced on Sunday morning’s show.

“I’m looking forward to being part of the ABC political team,” Kristol said in a statement. “There’s certainly plenty to talk about!”

“Bill makes our outstanding team of contributors and analysts even stronger,” “This Week” EP Jonathan Greenberger said, calling Kristol an “original thinker with a unique perspective.”

He’ll appear regularly on “This Week” and other special political events. His decade-long stint at Fox News ended last summer after his and Roger Ailes’ relationship reportedly soured.

Upon Kristol’s departure, Fox told Business Insider that Ailes liked Kristol and didn’t recall a “specific or negative incident” between them. Read more

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The Ticker: Farrow, Will, Edson

  • “My feeling . . . is that there’s a frustration in how passive the experience of receiving news can be,” Ronan Farrow tells Page Six about his new MSNBC show. “I think that the time is right to step in with a show that’s all about giving you, the average Joe at home, the tool set on how you can get involved.”

  • FBN Washington correspondent Rich Edson is running the Marine Corps Marathon this weekend in Washington, D.C. “I’m getting anxious and I’m getting nervous,” the first-time marathoner told The Washington Post. “I want to train more. I want to go out [running] more. But fortunately, I’m working quite a lot.”

George Will Makes Fox News Debut

WillFNC George Will made his Fox News debut Friday night on “Special Report with Bret Baier.”

“We know you and your old friend, Dr. [Charles] Krauthammer are huge baseball enthusiasts,” said Baier. “For us this is a home run. Welcome.

Part of the Sunday morning roundtable on ABC for more than 30 years, Will then pulled up a chair on “Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace.” As the new guy, Will got first dibs on the post-show Panel Plus. WATCH:

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The Ticker: George Will, David Muir, Oprah

  • Per Playbook, George Will will make his debut as a Fox News contributor on “Special Report with Bret Baier” tonight. He will make his “Fox News Sunday” debut this weekend, after more than 30 years with ABC News.

  • After being featured in a report from ABC News anchor David Muir, the Himalayan Cataract Project–a non-profit that helps people with vision problems in developing countries get surgery to help them–says it has raised almost $140,000. ABC News has more.

George Will Jumps From ABC to Fox News

GWillPolitical columnist and author George Will is joining Fox News as a contributor, executive vice president of news Michael Clemente announced today. Will jumps to Fox News after more than 30 years at ABC News, where he was a political commentator and panelist for “This Week.”

“We are delighted to have someone of George’s stature join FOX News. His wisdom is enduring and his achievements are far too long to list,” Clemente said in a statement.

“As all his readers know, George is brilliant. Those of us lucky enough to work with him also know that he’s a consummate gentleman,” George Stephanopoulos told TVNewser in a statement. “I learned from him every week, and wish him all good things.”

He will appear across all FNC programming, including as a panelist on “Special Report with Bret Baier” and “Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace.”

Sawyer and Stephanopoulos To Lead ABC’s Debate Coverage

ABC News has announced its coverage plans for the three Presidential and one Vice Presidential debates. Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopoulos will be anchoring the network’s coverage from 9-11 PM on debate nights. Joining them will be Jake Tapper, David Muir, Jonathan Karl and analysts George Will, Matthew Dowd, Nicole Wallace, Donna Brazile and Austan Goolsbee.

In addition, “Nightline” at 11:35 will have a post-debate wrap up, featuring highlights and more analysis.

Online, debate coverage will be anchored by Amy Walter and Dan Harris from 8-11:30 PM, and will be available on ABCNews.com, all of the network’s apps, Yahoo! News and on YouTube.

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Keith Olbermann Returns to TV Talk on ‘This Week’

Keith Olbermann made his return to TV political commentary on ABC’s “This Week” this morning. Scandals, of the Secret Service and GSA varieties, the “dog wars,” the economy and 2012 polling were just some of the topics of discussion. This was a Sunday morning, not a Wednesday evening Olbermann: no raised voices, no demands, comity if not comedy. The most contentious it got was when Rob Portman‘s name came up as a potential Romney VP pick. Peggy Noonan liked the idea. Olbermann and Donna Brazile shook their heads. “Do you want another businessman on that ticket?” asked Olbermann. “Oh my goodness, yeah that would be just fine,” said Noonan, in the most calm, measured, non-cable news voice ever heard.

George Stephanopoulos ended the conversation talking about something Olbermann and conservative George Will agreed on: baseball, specifically the saving of Fenway Park which faced the wrecking ball in the 1990s and this week celebrated its 100th birthday.

While the show still focused on national politics and policy — and baseball — it originated from far outside the Beltway, at ABC News studios in New York.

Keith Olbermann on ‘This Week’ Roundtable

Keith Olbermann will be part of the roundtable on ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” this Sunday. Olbermann joins George Will, Donna Brazile, Matt Dowd and Peggy Noonan. Olbermann was on “Late Show with David Letterman” earlier this month discussing his departure from Current TV. He was fired from Current March 30. Olbermann has filed suit against the network and Current has filed a counter-suit over the parting.

Charlie Gasparino to Face Off with Arianna Huffington on ABC’s ‘This Week’

Brace yourself, because it looks like ABC’s “This Week with Christiane Amanpour” may have quite the roundtable on Sunday. The Huffington Post founder Arianna Huffington will appear, as will Fox Business Network correspondent Charlie Gasparaino. They will be joined by ABC’s George Will and Brookings Institution fellow Alice Rivkin. It is a safe bet that the debt ceiling and the economy will be a big topic of discussion.

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Christiane Amanpour’s ‘This Week’ Debut

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“This Week with Christiane Amanpour” debuted this morning on ABC with the veteran foreign correspondent telling viewers, “After 20 years covering the world, the story in this country is turning into one of the most fascinating.”

The headline from Amanpour’s two headliner guests, Secy. Robert Gates and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, both pre-taped on Friday to accommodate their schedules, was their disagreement on the pace of U.S. troops leaving Afghanistan.

While the host was new, the round-table consisted of three familiar names: George Will, Donna Brazile and Paul Krugman and a new face who fit with Amanpour’s goal of giving the show a more outside-the-beltway feel: from Madrid, Amanpour welcomed Ahmed Rashid, who was billed as “the world authority on the Taliban.” The opening voice-over also featured a new tagline featuring the global focus: “From all across our world to the heart of our nation’s capitol.”

There was new music from trumpeter Chris Botti and a new show open and set backdrop, changing out the blue “This Week” logo with a map of the world in red. The Sunday funnies remained.

Following this morning’s show Amanpour told TVNewser, “It’s great to finally be underway, and I’m so pleased to have had two great first guests and a wonderful round table. I’m excited about having this platform to explore the issues that affect Americans. I want to open the window on the world to help with the understanding of all of the global challenges out there.” Amanpour’s opening welcome after the jump…

Did you watch? If so, what did you think?

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