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Sawyer won't replace Jennings at ABC News

Anchor and network both deny she'll get ‘World News Tonight’ post
/ Source: The Associated Press

ABC News hasn’t named a permanent replacement for the late Peter Jennings at “World News Tonight,” but did say Monday who it won’t be — Diane Sawyer.

The network was responding to a report in Broadcasting & Cable magazine that “insiders at the network are buzzing over Diane Sawyer’s apparent interest in the blue-chip slot.”

But after speaking to both Sawyer and ABC News President David Westin, Westin spokesman Jeffrey Schneider said Sawyer was not a candidate for the evening anchor job.

It’s likely that Sawyer will probably be doing more prime-time documentaries, but she’s remaining at “Good Morning America,” he said.

Sawyer has not been among the “World News Tonight” fill-in anchors — Charles Gibson, Elizabeth Vargas and Bob Woodruff, who have all been mentioned as candidates for the full-time job.

There’s no timetable for ABC News’ announcement, Schneider said.