In choosing Christiane Amanpour to host “This Week,” ABC defied the Sunday show conventions that have resulted in a succession of hosts who were male political journalists steeped in Washington culture.
Passing over more traditional choices such as its own correspondents, Terry Moran, Jake Tapper and Jonathan Karl, ABC hired a woman who made her reputation in dangerous war zones for CNN. That’s also a much different resume than the man Amanpour succeeds – George Stephanopoulos, the political operative-turned-journalist who cut his teeth as a congressional staffer and working in the Clinton White House.
Still, Amanpour insists that “This Week” itself will not be radically different with her on board, stressing in an interview with POLITICO that the show will continue its tradition of covering domestic politics, while also broadening its focus with more international news. One goal, she said, is to “try to make foreign news less foreign.”
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Increasing foreign coverage at a time when many news organizations are scaling back abroad with a host who is not a creature of the Beltway political culture may give ABC just the kind of defining identity it needs to push “This Week” over NBC’s “Meet the Press,” and CBS’s “Face the Nation,” while keeping ahead of two relative newcomers to the Sunday show pack, “Fox News Sunday” and CNN’s “State of the “Union.”
Read More: By MICHAEL CALDERONE, Politico