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Christiane Amanpour announces she's leaving CNN for ABC

Bad news for Christiane Amanpour fans: She's quitting CNN. Good news: She's taking over as host of ABC's Sunday-morning interview show This Week.

The anchor chair at This Week has been empty (figuratively speaking; Jake Tapper has been filling in) since George Stephanopoulos departed for Good Morning America in December. She'll go on the ABC airwaves sometime in August.

Amanpour, the London-born product of an Anglo-Iranian marriage, has reported from most of the world's trouble spots -- particularly those in the Middle East and the Balkans -- since become a CNN correspondent in 1989. The network hired her as an assistant on its foreign desk right out of college in 1983.

Amanpour doesn't have a deep background in U.S. politics, the main course on This Week, but then Stephanopoulos didn't know a lot about cooking segments when he went to Good Morning America, either.

Amanpour had nothing but nice things to say about CNN in announcing her departure.

"I leave CNN with the utmost respect, love and admiration for the company and everyone who works here,' she said. "This has been my family and shared endeavor for the past 27 years and I am forever grateful and proud of all that we have accomplished."

Read more Glenn Garvin at his Changing Channels blog.

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