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Diane Sawyer Follows Barbara Walters Lead; Stepping Down As Anchor Of ABC World News

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It will soon be time to say goodbye to another.

After Barbara Walters left The View and retired from full-time news work earlier this year, another legend is following in her footsteps.

Diane Sawyer is leaving ABC World News after anchoring the show for the last five years.

Upon stepping down from the role this fall, she will begin to focus mainly on major interviews, reporting, and primetime specials as there's more to be done with Barbara's absence.

To replace her, ABC has moved David Muir from anchoring World News' weekend edition to Diane's seat!

He will begin his new role as anchor and managing editor of the show on September 2nd.

Diane, who became anchor of the program in December 2009, even sent out a congrats to him (and George Stephanopoulos who has extended his deal with ABC News and added the title of chief anchor, which will have him leading special reports and election coverage):

We will definitely miss Diane, but we're sure David will do her proud!

David's replacement on World News' weekend edition has not been named yet.

Congrats to everyone! And enjoy your extra free time, Diane!

[Image via WENN.]

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