Christiane Amanpour Brings Brains, Foreign Experience to ‘This Week’

August 1, 2010

(ChattahBox)–Christiane Amanpour former CNN foreign correspondent, makes her debut on ABC’s “This Week” this weekend. The smart and outspoken reporter has taken CNN viewers to all of the international hot spots, including Iraq and Afghanistan, consistently offering top-notch analysis and a keen sense of place. She now brings the sum total of her experience to a Sunday news show that has primarily covered inside the beltway politics.

Amanpour takes over for George Stephanopoulos, who now co-hosts “Good Morning America.” Washington correspondent Jake Tapper has been keeping the seat warm for Amanpour over the summer months and he has gained viewers, but the program still trails behind other Sunday news shows.

As reported by Politico, it may take some time for viewers to adapt to Amanpour’s outsider journalistic style.

“But it remains to be seen just how much of an outsider Sunday morning’s traditionally insider viewing culture can handle. For that reason — as well as the fact that “This Week,” despite some impressive summer ratings performances with interim anchor Jake Tapper, is in third place, behind NBC’s “Meet the Press” and CBS’s “Face the Nation” — ABC is taking a cautious approach to her launch.”

Will Amanpour’s international experience translate into ratings? With the swamp that is Washington politics and the dumbing down of political discourse, let’s hope that it will. We need Amanpour’s level-headed reporting right now, at a time when hyperbole and sound bites rule the day.

And Amanpour is already off to a good start. There is no trace of the former Maverick, Sen. John McCain (R-NV), the beltway insiders’ favorite Sunday news guest, for some reason. First on her show, are Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) Defense Secretary Robert Gates.


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