Amanpour was chosen for “This Week” over in-house ABC candidates including Terry Moran and Jake Tapper. Former ABC “Nightline” anchor Ted Koppel also was reportedly considered.
Tapper had filled in as interim host since January. After seven years at “This Week,” Stephanopoulos moved to ABC’s “Good Morning America,” replacing Diane Sawyer, who in December took over the network’s “World News Tonight” from retiring anchor Charles Gibson.
Then, “This Week” was ranked second in the ratings behind “Meet the Press,” according to the Nielsen Co. But since Stephanopoulos’ departure, the program has also been beaten in viewership by “Face the Nation.”
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