Skip to comments.ABC hires Amanpour for 'This Week' (GAG -spit-)
Posted on 03/18/2010 1:02:05 PM PDT by OldDeckHand
It's official: Christiane Amanpour has been named the next host of ABC's "This Week."
CNN Worldwide President Jim Walton notified staff today that ABC will " announce today that she is joining that organization to headline one of its programs. " Walton noted that despite the "media speculation," the network where she's worked for 27 years has not yet commented.
Walton praised Amanpour's reporting over the years, and said that her "work burnished our news brand and gave it authority."
"In turn, the CNN imprimatur opened doors for her around the world and provided a global platform for the intelligent, courageous, principled reporting that is her signature," he said. "CNN and Christiane helped make each other great."
Since George Stephanopoulos moved to New York in December to host "Good Morning America," there's been a lot of speculation about who would take over the network's Sunday public affairs show.
(Excerpt) Read more at politico.com ...
Although, with this Muzzie at the helm, you'll probably never be asked to be on the show again.
“With special guests, Paul Krugman and Paul Begala with special correspondent Farid Zakaria....”
I don’t watch ‘This Week’.
I don’t watch ABC.
Yeah, I wish Virginia would privatize the Alcoholic Beverage Commission stores ...
It doesn’t make sense..she has NO expertise in DC politics...Ya think all the ABC folks who were passed over for the gig are happy?
Who also happens to be married to former Clinton administration Deputy Secretary of State, Jaime Rubin.
(Should have gone with John Stossel were he still an ABC employee, or maybe a liberal that isn’t quite so appalling, like Jake Tapper).
That funny is ABC news that desperate
Start eating Estrogen.
BHO II resigns this weekend due to ineligibility. The world drops to Hillary’s feet to apologize.
If you think that cold CNN got beaten by Cartoon network
Not only that, but her own current show on CNN Sundays doesn't get an audience that can fill a senior center - even if they offered simultaneous free BINGO.
Why would they hire a profoundly unsuccessful host, if they weren't motivated solely by ideology?
And who cares?
OH MY, can you imagine a nice Sunday morning with C A sneering at you with her Pro-Muslim rants.
Hehehehe, another nail in ABC’s coffin. I just hope it speeds up their demise.
Who cares? She is one of the “great” reporters who has led CNN into the ratings depths. May she have equal success at ABC.
I didn't know Jaime Rubin was gay.
The 2 million MORE people who watch "This Week" over Fox News Sunday. This week almost triples the viewership of Fox News Sunday.
Darn I had been hoping for Baghdad Bob. He is much more fair and balanced and much less anti-American than Amanpour. Sure he said he would slaughter us all, and roast our livers over a barbecue grill, but at least he was up front and honest about his position.
What a load of BS, she is a complete 100% progressive liberal hack!
Amanpour the ‘War Slut’.
I loathe her. LOATHE.
It's almost as if ABC went on a quest to find the one person who could infuriate
conservatives Americans more than anyone else.
Choosing an Iranian to host a program about US politics. This is at the same genius programming level as removing Leno for Conan in late night programming. Amanpour’s ability to drip self-righteousness with every word could give Katrina vanden Heuvel a run for her money.
Wow a new skank bitch to not watch on a channel I already don’t watch.
I don’t watch this week or any week for that matter
I met her at a hotel in Jordan in 1998 when Clinton was about to start bombing Iraq, she was trying to get into Iraq through Jordan. Operation Desert Fox...when Sadam was a threat because a democrat was in the White House.
CLINTON: Good evening.
Earlier today, I ordered America’s armed forces to strike military and security targets in Iraq. They are joined by British forces. Their mission is to attack Iraq’s nuclear, chemical and biological weapons programs and its military capacity to threaten its neighbors.
Their purpose is to protect the national interest of the United States, and indeed the interests of people throughout the Middle East and around the world.
Saddam Hussein must not be allowed to threaten his neighbors or the world with nuclear arms, poison gas or biological weapons.
If we’re thinking quality:
If ABC were a car manufacturer - it’d be Yugo.
If ABC were a software manufacturer - it’d be Microsoft.
So, their temp bimbo is a perfect fit.
Will there be an “Arab Hero of the Week” segment? Or just Jew-baiting?
Thats a good thing.....
How about “American Atrocity of the Week”?
Will there be an Arab Hero of the Week segment?.....
Probably.....”Terrorist of the week”
David Brinkley must be spinning in his grave. Pity he can’t come back and kick ABC’s butt!
I have not watched since David Brinkley left. I used to enjoy the show back then.
Welcome to the AABC Network...
(as if they hadn't already been rehearsing for that change for decades...
My three favorite ME reporters . / GAG
If you have a child (or relatives) who are a bit slow or lack basic skills, then by all means, get them enrolled in the communications program at your local college or university.
Ms. Amanpour’s career is proof that you don’t need to have talent to make it in broadcasting; her elevation to host of “This Week” proves that MSM television executives are just plain stupid.
As a former broadcaster, I will give Amanpour credit for reporting from virtually every hell-hole on earth. But she’s as stiff as a board on air, and comes across as haughty and condescending to viewers. This is not an anchor that will attract a large audience on Sunday morning (or any other time). In fact, during her 27-year career at CNN, I don’t think I’ve seen Amanpour even crack a smile on camera, let alone display any personality. Hey ABC—did you ever wonder why CNN never put Amanpour behind their anchor desk? You’re about to find out.
Even more amazing is how ABC arrived at this decision. Where did they conduct the focus groups—Manhattan, Georgetown, or both? Actually, I don’t think the network did any audience research for this hire, because any consultant worth his/her salt would advise ABC against making this hire. If you want to install her as a foreign correspondent, fine. As a studio host—no way.
This is just another example of clueless, liberal TV managers hiring someone on their ideology instead of thier actual qualifications. In the shrinking universe of the MSM, only certain people have the “qualifications” to host a Sunday talk show. If you haven’t worked for another MSM outlet, served in a Democratic administration, married a Democratic operative (or some combination of those critieria), don’t bother applying for the job.
But rest assured: Amanpour won’t last long on “This Week.” It will be the Sunday morning equivalent of Conan O’Brien on the Tonight Show. Wrong person for the program, in a failing media model. Flag the post; viewership for This Week will drop like a rock, and Christiane will be gone in less than 18 months.
I agree with everything you said, except for that last part. Even
if when her viewership drops, they'll keep her. I'm entirely convinced that it's no longer about ratings or profit for these people, but solely about ideological narratives, and who can peddle them the best.
Those numbers don’t include the audience for the Sunday afternoon rebroadcast of Fox News Sunday on the Fox News Channel. In fact, the rebroadcast on FNC pulls in almost as many viewers as the first airing on the Fox Broadcast Network. So, FNS actually attracts more than 2 million viewers a week, broadcast and cable. And, using that same criteria, “Meet the Press” easily beats “This Week” because the ABC program doesn’t have a cable outlet.
And that’s the real bottom line. ABC can crow about the Sunday morning numbers, but they’re only a fraction of what David Brinkley and Co. used to pull in the 80s and 90s. The future of “network” news is in cable, not the broadcast networks, and Fox is setting the pace. FNC is on pace to generate $700 million in profits this year, while ABC News is laying off 20% of its workforce.
As the broadcast audience continues to erode, Sunday interview shows will reach the point of no return, i.e., they won’t attract enough viewers to break even, let along turn a profit. Before that happens, Fox News Sunday will move exclusively to cable (as will Meet the Press), while “This Week” and “Face the Nation” will be relegated to the dustbin of TV history.
And Christiane Amanpour will help expedite the process.
Maybe Obama hired her. He owns ABC too.
I hear she is very unhappy at CNN they cut back on interional news so she want outta there
She want get back to her root of international news
Another reason to continue not watching ABC
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