ABC is in talks with Christiane Amanpour for the "This Week" hosting job, Politico's Michael Calderone reports.
Amanpour, the star CNN international correspondent who recently launched a new Sunday show on CNN, is known mostly for her global reporting, making her a somewhat surprising consideration for a show that has mostly focused on domestic politics.
George Stephanopoulos left the show to join "Good Morning America." Since his departure, a mix of ABC News talent — including Barbara Walters, Jonathan Karl, Jake Tapper, Terry Moran, and Elizabeth Vargas — has filled in. ABC political analyst and former Bush campaign strategist Matthew Dowd guest-hosts this Sunday.
"On Sunday morning, we're looking for someone who is very intelligent and a strong interviewer and can engage in a discussion," ABC News president David Westin, who added that he hopes to make a decision in a matter of weeks, said recently. "Someone who can bring out conflicting points of view" and who "has a broad sense of public policy."
A CNN spokesperson had no comment to Politico; neither did ABC News Senior Vice President Jeffrey Schneider, who said the network has "talked to lots of people inside and outside" regarding the position.