It was all smiles as ABC’s Diane Sawyer gave up the anchor chair on the World News. But this is only an au revoir: Sawyer made it clear we’d be seeing her again very soon.
When it comes to seamless, even heartwarming, transitions at the anchor desk, NBC and CBS can take lessons from Diane Sawyer.
Resplendent in a bright yellow blouse and looking much younger than her 68 years, she ended her nearly five-year reign Wednesday night as the anchor of ABC World News with a classy handoff to David Muir, her 40-year old successor who showed up for this state occasion in a muted gray suit.
“I just want to say to everyone watching, you have seen David Muir at this desk…You know his command and commitment,” the alliteratively alluring Sawyer declared of Muir, who had just delivered his 150th “Made in America” report and will assume the throne on Sept. 2.
“It has been an honor sitting across from you,” responded Muir, who has been Sawyer’s main substitute anchor and has consistently matched or exceeded her ratings—which have been giving top-rated NBC Nightly News and anchor Brian Williams cause for concern in recent months.
That didn’t stop NBC’s substitute anchor Lester Holt from giving Sawyer a gracious sendoff on the rival 6:30 p.m. broadcast, saying, “We wish our good friend and competitor Diane Sawyer well…Good luck, Diane!” Oddly, over at CBS, where Sawyer toiled for 11 years before jumping to ABC, her departure didn’t rate a mention by substitute anchor Maurice DuBois.
SOURCE: Lloyd Grove
The Daily Beast