Charles Gibson stepping down as World News anchor

NEW YORK (KAIT) - ABC News says long-time anchor and current World News anchor, Charles Gibson, is stepping down at the end of this year.

ABC News says that Good Morning America anchor Diane Sawyer will replace Gibson as the anchor for World News in January.

According to, ABC News President David Westin talked with Gibson for several weeks and that "has persuaded me that this is both what he wants and what is best for him."

"I respect his decision, just as I respect the enormous contribution he has made to ABC News through the years," Westin said.

Charles Gibson became World News anchor following multiple changes to the show's hosts. Peter Jennings, long-time World News Tonight anchor, announced his departure in April of 2005 due to lung cancer. Afterward, Bob Woodruff and Elizabeth Vargas became the show's permanent co-anchors, but in January, 2006, the injury of Woodruff in a roadside bombing in Iraq that nearly killed him left Vargas at the desk alone. Less than one month later, she announced she was pregnant and in May, announced her resignation. Six days later, Charles Gibson was named as the sole anchor of the show.

It was at this time that World News Tonight was renamed simply to World News with Charles Gibson.

Look for more details tonight on Region 8 News at Five and following that on World News with Charles Gibson on KAIT-TV.

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