Christiane Amanpour is stepping down as anchor of This Week. Instead, she will host multiple specials for ABC News, become a global affairs anchor for the network, and launch a new weekday show on CNN International.
Amanpour joined ABC from CNN in 2010 to host the Sunday morning public affairs show, but remained interested in foreign reporting (she was chief international correspondent at CNN). She was the face of much of ABC News' coverage from the protests in the Middle East during this year's Arab Spring, including landing an exclusive interview with former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak.
CNN for its part has been increasing it's focus on international news under the tenure of Ken Jautz (a former international correspondent himself), with managing editor Mark Whitaker saying at a recent CNN International taping that while the network can compete in politics and business news, "we can own international coverage."
ABC News has not yet announced who will succeed Amanpour at the helm of This Week, but one name that surfaced in the reports Tuesday is jake Tapper, ABC News senior White House correspondent, who has often guest-hosted the program.