How Diane Sawyer Has Changed 'World News': More Edge, 'Advocacy' Program

08/28/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Howard Kurtz Howard Kurtz

In six months as anchor of "World News," the longtime morning star hasn't changed the newscast's second-place status, but she has brought a sharper edge to the aging format. By pushing her reporters to brandish documents on the air and investigate e-mail questions from viewers, by complaining about official intransigence, she is forging what a top ABC executive calls an "advocacy" program.

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