Christiane Amanpour, ABC's 'This Week' In Talks

05/05/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Danny Shea Editorial Director, The Huffington Post

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.

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