Diane Sawyer Leaving ‘World News’

It’s a generational change of the guards at ABC News, as World News anchor Diane Sawyer will be stepping down and succeeded by 20/20 anchor David Muir. However, there is a twist in the news, as George Stephanopoulos is being made chief anchor, meaning he, not Muir, will lead the network’s coverage of breaking stories and election nights. Sawyer, meanwhile, will focus on Barbara Walters-style interviews and specials. This may set up a battle between Muir and Stephanopoulos, because this move relegates Muir to what one insider said is a mere news reader “doing six intros a night.”