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Senior Entertainment Reporter John Kiesewetter has been covering TV and media issues for 20 years. After joining the Cincinnati Enquirer in 1975 as a summer intern, he worked as a county government and suburban reporter; assistant city editor and suburban editor; and features editor supervising the Life section. He has a B.S. in journalism from Ohio University.

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Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Elizabeth Vargas out, Gibson back on ABC News

I sure didn’t see this one coming, but it makes sense: ABC News just announced that Charlie Gibson will take over as solo anchor of the “ABC World News Tonight” on Monday. He replaces Elizabeth Vargas, who is pregnant and will return from maternity leave this fall to co-anchor “20/20.”
Gibson will do double duty on “Good Morning America” and the evening news through June, then leave “GMA.” No word who will replace him. (Will they go with Diane Sawyer and Robin Roberts?)
Vargas and Bob Woodruff were named co-anchors last year after the death of Peter Jennings. She has been solo since Woodruff was seriously injured in Iraq in January.
Why now? ABC wanted to put Gibson on the evening news before Katie Couric debuts this fall on CBS. And he’ll remain on “GMA” in June, after Couric leaves the “Today” show at the end of the month.
See the ABC release at

Rosemary Clooney tribute on WVXU-FM
WVXU-FM has picked up the four-part British Broadcasting Corporation’s documentary about Rosemary Clooney. The U.S. radio premiere of “Rosie All The Way: The Rosemary Clooney Story” will be 8 p.m. on the four Sundays in June.

Sweeps questions
So is Jack Bauer on a slow boat to China after he saved the world again on "24"?
Who’s going to win "American Idol?"
Will we really learn anything new on the “Lost” finale on Wednesday?
Tell me what you think….


at 5/23/2006 11:01 AM Anonymous David said...


I guess Bob Schieffer has had a bigger impact than anyone has let on. Is ABC also saying Vargas will be a ratings dud when compared to Couric. NBC looks smarter and smarter everyday.

As for Idol, Taylor may be a better entertainer, but Kat will be the recording star. Kelly was not the entertainer she is now when she won. Kat will be the same.

at 5/23/2006 11:31 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't think it has anything to do with Elizabeth Vargas being a "dud",but Charles Gibson is a stronger presence, and since no one knows when(please God) or if Bob Woodruff will be back, and Vargas is expecting, its the only move to make.
Lee Ann

at 5/23/2006 2:25 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

although elizabeth is fantastic, i think charlie is a great face for abc news, and he's been around the block. says that robin and diane will co-anchor for awhile, so they won't replace charlie right away.

at 5/23/2006 5:48 PM Blogger Mark said...

Lost is such a puzzle that if the show overtly explains too much I think it would be really disappointing to its fans.

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