CNN en Español’s Amanpour, currently broadcast in Mexico and Latin America, will begin running in the U.S., starting Saturday at 7 PM ET, with replays on Sundays at 8:30 AM, 5:00 PM, and 11:30 PM, and Mondays at 4:30 AM — all ET. Today’s announcement:
The official word is that Christiane Amanpour wants to get back into reporting from the field — not that This Week’s ratings have slipped. She’ll become a roving Global Affairs anchor hosting six prime time specials a year, along with work on other ABC News shows. In addition, she’ll anchor a new show about global affairs on CNN International. Meanwhile George Stephanopolous moves back to the Sunday talk show in time for the political election season, while he continues his job as co-host of Good Morning America. Amanpour says that her new role ”is groundbreaking, bold and very different!” CNN Worldwide President Jim Walton was also effusive in his praise for Amanpour, saying that she “has been synonymous with international reporting and with CNN for many years. We could not be happier that through this unique arrangement with ABC News her experience and global perspective are returning to a nightly news broadcast for our international audience.” But it will be interesting to see whether more viewers tune in to This Week which has struggled since she moved to the anchor desk in early 2010. On Dec. 4 it attracted 2.3M viewers, behind Meet The Press with 3.0M and Face The Nation with 3.3M. ABC says that White House correspondent Jake Tapper will appear “significantly more” frequently on the Sunday show with Stephanopolous.
Egypt is rapidly becoming a very dangerous place for foreign journalists. On the heels of the attacks on Fox News’ Greg Palkot, CNN’s Anderson Cooper and ABC News’ Christiane Amanpour, an NBC News crew has been carjacked by a group of angry Egyptian men and threatened with beheading. According to ABC News, its producer Brian Hartman, cameraman Akram Abi-hanna and two other ABC News employees were surrounded on a crowded (and considered safe) road that leads from Cairo’s airport to the city’s downtown area.
Hartman told ABC that it was only through the appeal of Abi-hanna, who is Lebanese and a veteran ABC cameraman, that they were saved from being killed or severely beaten. “We thought we were goners,” Hartman said . “We absolutely thought we were doomed.”
A total of 30 journalists from different countries have been targeted by protesters in Egypt in the past few days.
Veteran correspondents and former network-mates Anderson Cooper and Christiane Amanpour both said today that they were attacked by mobs in Egypt where the unrest is escalating. Here is Cooper’s video account of his violent encounter with pro-Hosni Mubarak supporters and video of Amanpour’s more peaceful confrontation with Mubarak followers.
ABC News president David Westin is stepping down at the end of the year after 13 years. The move comes after tough 12 months for Westin that included appointing new anchors on all ABC News programs and dealing with severe staff cuts. The personnel changes he oversaw included naming Diane Sawyer as the anchor of World News, George Stephanopoulos as her replacement on Good Morning America, CNN veteran Christiane Amanpour as host of This Week, transitioning Chris Cuomo from GMA to 20/20 and Bill Weir from GMA to Nightline to replace Martin Bashir. Here are the memos from Disney-ABC TV Group president Anne Sweeney and Westin.