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Diane Sawyer to leave ABC World News; replaced by David Muir

Diane Sawyer is stepping down as the presenter of ABC’s World News.

She will be replaced by David Muir, the programme’s weekend presenter, from September 2, 2014.

Sawyer will present and produce television specials for ABC and continue to interview the most extraordinary people in the world.

“For many years to come Diane will be a driving force at ABC News with her exceptional storytelling genius,” said James Goldston, president of ABC News.

“She is one of the giants of modern journalism. Her curiosity, passion and energy are unmatched, and I can’t wait to see where she’ll lead us next.”

“After wonderful years at ‘World News’ I decided it is time to move to a new full time role at ABC News. I’ll be joined by an incredible team of journalists dedicated to enterprise reporting, innovative approaches to breaking news and new ways of thinking about big issues and events around the world,” Sawyer said.

“I can’t wait to continue bringing more of my specials to prime time and appearing on all ABC News broadcasts, as well. And to my friends and colleagues George and David – congratulations. I look forward to exciting work together and great times ahead.”

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