[PeterPaul.ca] — ABC World News anchor Charles Gibson, who has served as anchor of the news program since May 2006, has decided to retire, ABC News announced Wednesday.
“I have always been taught you should never bury the lead – so I write to tell you that I have told David Westin I want to step down as anchor of World News, and retire from full time employment at ABC News,” Gibson wrote in an email to “World News” staff.
“It has not been an easy decision to make. This has been my professional home for almost 35 years. And I love this news department, and all who work in it, to the depths of my soul,” he added.
Diane Sawyer, who currently co-anchors “Good Morning America”, will replace Gibson, the network said. Sawyer is 63-years-old.
Gibson, 66, will leave full-time employment with ABC News in January 2010, when Sawyer is scheduled to take over. “I’ll be anchoring World News through December and will have a chance to thank many of you personally. In the meantime let’s get back to the news,” he wrote.