Charles Gibson, who has served as anchor of “World News” since May of 2006, announced this morning that he will step down from the post at the end of this year and retire from full-time employment at ABC News.

“Good Morning America” anchor Diane Sawyer, 63, will serve as the next “World News” anchor, beginning in January.


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“It has not been an easy decision to make,” Gibson, 66, said in an e-mail to the “World News” staff. “This has been my professional home for almost 35 years. And I love this news department, and all who work in it, to the depths of my soul.”

ABC News President David Westin said that he and Gibson have been talking about the decision for several weeks and that Gibson “has persuaded me that this is both what he wants and what is best for him.”

Read More: By SCOTT MAYEROWITZ, ABC News



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