TV networks cannot predict when news will break about another Malaysia Airlines jetliner, so let’s not get too judgmental about the announcement that interrupted the ABC show “The View” this morning: “This is an ABC News special report. Now reporting, George Stephanopoulos.”
Except a second or two later, here’s what surfaced on the screen:
That’s David Muir, a star at ABC News who’ll take over the “World News” anchor job from Diane Sawyer in September (he’s filling in for her this week). As part of the same personnel switcheroo, ABC News announced that Stephanopoulos would serve as the network’s top anchor in breaking-news situations. And indeed, there he was shortly after noon, on set and captaining the coverage.
When ABC News announced this hierarchy, the Erik Wemple Blog wondered whether having Stephanopoulos slide into a seat warmed by a talent of Muir’s stature might be a touch awkward, given the egos and turf battles native to any worthwhile newsroom. Who knows — perhaps it’s an embarrassment of riches to have such talent passing the baton. Safe to say that it’ll all work more smoothly if David Muir is identified as David Muir while he’s helming the transition.