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Amy Walter Leaving ABC News, Returns to Cook Report

ABC News political director Amy Walter is leaving the network and joining the Cook Political Report as National Editor. Walter had previously served as the senior editor of the Cook report from 1997 to 2007.

ABC News president Ben Sherwood announced the news on the network’s morning editorial call. In addition to heading up ABC’s politics coverage, Walter also hosted Web shows during the conventions. No word yet on a replacement — but the next national election is still a couple years away so there’s time.

Walter departs ABC News next month.

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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.

More information below.
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ABC News Slates 30+ Hours Of Live-Streaming Coverage Of DNC and RNC

ABC News has announced its coverage plans for the 2012 Republican and Democratic conventions. At the moment, the news division is getting one hour a night in primetime from 10-11PM to broadcast cover the events, though the network stresses that those are the only confirmed times, and that more hours may be added. Diane Saywer and George Stephanopoulos will lead the network’s coverage.

In addition, ABC is planning more than 30 hours of live-streaming coverage for ABC News digital and Yahoo! from the conventions, and every show, from “GMA” and ‘ABC World News” to “Nightline” will originate from Tampa and Charlotte.

Live-streaming coverage will run from 7:00 PM-11:30 PM, and will be anchored by ABC News political chief Amy Walter and Yahoo!’s DC bureau chief David Chalian, joined by ABC News anchors and correspondents.

Expanding on the previously announced joint events with Univision, Univision anchors Jorge Ramos and Maria Elena Salinas will contribute to ABC’s coverage as well.

More information from ABC, after the jump.

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Debates Done? Maybe Not

B&C’s Andrea Morabito previews “Super Tuesday,” speaking to CNN’s Sam Feist, NBC’s Chuck Todd and ABC’s Amy Walter (subscription required).

Todd notes that depending on what happens on Super Tuesday, there may be more GOP debates to come:

But those in TV news also are not willing to call it quits on the debates just yet. Just as in 2008, when more debates were added as the Democratic race for the nomination stretched late into the cycle, they are expecting that a split decision this Super Tuesday would mean more debates added to the calendar.

“We’re looking to put a debate together; too many states haven’t voted,” Todd said. “You could make an argument that there ought to be a debate a month between now and June.”

ABC News and Yahoo! Launch New Political Web Shows

ABC News’s partnership with Yahoo! has resulted in several new web shows launching this week.

Two of the shows are extensions of long-running blogs from George Stephanopoulos and Jake Tapper. “George’s Bottom Line” was the first of the new show to debut today (after the jump). And tomorrow, look for “Political Punch With Jake Tapper,” ABC’s Senior White White Correspondent.

The shows, branded as the “Power Players, will be a mix news, opinion and political insider goodness, each running about two minutes. Tapper tells TVNewser his goal is “to bring the audience behind the White House curtain to get an insider look at what it’s really like off-stage and away from the official camera view — both of the White House and the White House press corps,” adding, “We also want to have some fun with it.”

Another new show called “Spinners and Winners with Jonathan Karl” is hosted by ABC’s senior political correspondent who covers Capitol Hill and the 2012 race for the White House.

“Politically Foul With John Berman” is hosted by the sports/politics junkie Berman who “will look at campaign news through the eyes of the ultimate referee, calling fouls and giving penalties.”

ABCNews.com’s long running “Top Line”, which was daily until a few months ago, returns to a once-a-week schedule hosted by ABC News Political Director Amy Walter, ABC News Washington Editor Rick Klein, and Yahoo! News Washington Bureau Chief David Chalian.

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Ed Schultz and Michael Steele on ‘Real Time’

They may have fought it out Friday night on “Real Time with Bill Maher” but at the after-party, MSNBC’s Ed Schultz and former RNC chairman Michael Steele were all smiles.

An insider snapped the photo below and dropped it in the TVNewser inbox. Mediaite has the wrap on the show which also included ABC News political director Amy Walter, caught in the middle

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ABC News Adds Michael Falcone, Promotes Zachary Wolf

ABCN_2.23.jpgABC News has hired Michael Falcone as deputy political director and author of “The Note” and Zachary Wolf as deputy political director and digital political editor.

Falcone comes to ABC News from The Huffington Post, where he served as political editor, Wolf had been a US Senate producer for ABC News.

In a note to staffers, ABC News political director Amy Walter praised Falcone’s web-savviness:

Not only has Michael established himself as a talented political journalist, but he’s been in the vanguard of a new generation of “plugged-in” reporters. He doesn’t just “get” the importance of the Internet, he’s spent most of his career as a web-based journalist.

Her full memo is after the jump.

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Amy Walter Joins ABC News as Political Director

Amy Walter is leaving National Journal’s “The Hotline” and joining ABC News as political director, TVNewser has learned.

Walter will oversee all of ABC News’s political coverage including ABCNews.com’s “The Note.” She’ll also plan election coverage and provide on-air analysis of the races. Walters has been editor-in-chief of “The Hotline” for the last three years. Before that, she was senior editor of “The Cook Political Report.”

She starts at ABC August 16.

More in David Westin‘s email after the jump…

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