(Update 6:00 p.m.): Christine Amanpour just confirmed earlier reports of her imminent departure from ABC's This Week and return to CNN to host a show there. As she explained in a statement sent to The Atlantic Wire, Amanpour will continue to report for ABC:
This is an exciting and unique opportunity for me to take my love of storytelling to primetime at ABC News with multiple specials, as well as becoming a roving Global Affairs anchor across all ABC platforms. I am looking forward to getting back into the field to report stories on global issues that matter greatly to the American people. At the same time, I will be broadcasting once again to millions of people across the world with a weekday show on CNN International.
The New York Times's Brian Stelter who (accidentally) broke the news of Amanpour's departure from ABC, tweeted more details following ABC's announcement: "George Stephanopoulos will return as anchor of This Week, pulling double duty on GMA. ABC says Jake Tapper will be on show regularly."
(Updated 5:25 p.m.) After only 18 months, ABC global news superstar Christine Amanpour is stepping down from her post as the anchor of This Week and launching a global affairs show at her old channel, CNN. She's not totally finished at ABC, though, according to one anonymous source.
After mistakenly leaking the news in a tweet meant to have been direct message, The New York Times's Brian Stelter reported on Tuesday afternoon that Amanpour is "preparing to leave" citing "two people with knowledge of her plans," but his brief blog post doesn't offer any details about her future plans. Christine Amanpour is the celebrated journalist who scored that exclusive interview with former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak during the revolution. However, news of her departure isn't a total surprise since rumors started circulating as soon as October that Amanpour might be moving back to CNN. The Huffington Post's Michael Calderon later confirmed that Amanpour was doing just that but would also host "about six primetime specials a year and appear on ABC News programs"
Christiane Amanpour will soon step down as host of ABC's "This Week" to take on a new role at the network, where she'll host about six primetime specials a year and appear on ABC News programs, while also launching a new global affairs show on CNN International, according a source familiar with the emerging arrangements.
Before the details of Amanpour's new adventures emerged, the scattered way that Stelter's story unfolded quickly became worthy of analysis from the Poynter Institute. An hour before publishing his scoop on The Times's Media Decoder blog, Stelter tweeted:
People started freaking out and retweeting a bit. Then Stelter told us the real news:
Then people really started freaking out. The best insta-reaction we saw hit our Twitter stream comes from Gawker's Maureen O'Connor: "STELTER PULLS A WEINER." To his credit, Stelter decided not to delete the tweets showing his mistake, choosing instead to explain what happened. Turns out his source was a two-day old copy of the New York Post: