Morning Media Newsfeed: Sawyer Signs Off World News | Freed Journalist Arrives in U.S.

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Diane Sawyer Signs Off World News: ‘I’ll See You Right Back Here on ABC News, Very Soon’ (TVNewser)
In what may be the most subdued evening news transition since John Chancellor handed off NBC Nightly News to Tom Brokaw and Roger Mudd in 1982, Diane Sawyer signed off World News Wednesday night. ABC hadn’t announced when Sawyer’s final show would air. That news came in a tweet from Sawyer Wednesday afternoon. New York Post Sawyer signed off from World News on Wednesday after nearly five years — with gratitude and thanks for her viewers and staff. Sawyer took a few minutes at the end of the program to speak of the “deep privilege it has been to sit in the anchor chair” once occupied by the late Peter Jennings, and assured viewers that the broadcast was in “strong and steady hands” under new anchor David Muir. Deadline Hollywood ABC News noted Wednesday morning that she took the newscast to back-to-back sweep wins in the news demo — in May and July — for the first time in seven years. The show ranked No. 1 in the news demo for her final full week. Mediaite Sawyer will be moving on to running an ABC News team that will produce news specials and conduct high-profile interviews. She promised that the show would not change after she leaves, and as for her own future, “I am not slowing down, but gearing up in a new way.” Sawyer concluded, “With gratitude for these years, I thank you, and I’ll see you right back here on ABC News very soon.” Mashable Sawyer announced her departure from the news program and Muir’s new role back in June. Muir was set to take over the job on Sept. 2 and will continue co-hosting 20/20 on top of his new duties.

Freed Journalist Peter Theo Curtis Returns to U.S., Asks for Space From Media Covering His Story (TVNewser)
Freed American journalist Peter Theo Curtis, who was imprisoned for nearly two years in Syria, spoke for the first time since his release Wednesday morning. “I had no idea when I was in prison so much effort was being expended on my behalf, and now having found out, I am just overwhelmed by emotion,” Curtis said outside his family’s home in Massachusetts. Mediaite A journalist himself, Curtis promised to feed our gnawing need for content, but after he had reconnected with his family. “In the future I promise I will respond to your emails and I’ll help you guys do your job,” Curtis said. “I’m one of you and I know what you are going through. I want to help you guys and I will be there and respond. But I can’t do it now.” Boston Globe Curtis arrived back in Boston on Tuesday, his family said. Curtis was handed over to United Nations peacekeepers in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights on Sunday evening, according to a United Nations spokesman. After it was determined he was in good medical condition, he was transferred to representatives of the U.S. government, the U.N. said. HuffPost / AP The release of Curtis by Syrian captors has prompted 60 Minutes to issue portions of an interview with a fellow ex-hostage that the show had edited last year to remove references to Curtis. During an interview with photojournalist Matthew Schrier about his captivity in Syria for a story that aired last November, Schrier had talked about being kept in a cell with Curtis and how his fellow American helped him escape through a window to freedom. Curtis’ family, however, asked CBS not to identify him for fear that it could jeopardize his chances for release, said CBS News spokesman Kevin Tedesco.