Christiane Amanpour Makes PBS Late Night Role Permanent

By Chris Ariens Comment

PBS will launch Amanpour & Company this summer as the permanent replacement for Charlie Rose, which was canceled last November in the wake of sexual harassment allegations against Rose. Christiane Amanpour, who will continue with CNN, was named interim host last December.

“I’m delighted to expand my role at PBS from interim to permanent,” Amanpour said. “Never has the time for exploring our world and America’s place in it been so urgent. And I am also thrilled to be a female filling this role at this time,” she added.

Unlike Rose’s show, which included a single host, with several guests, Amanpour & Company will incorporate conversations with journalist, author and former CNN president Walter Isaacson, NPR host Michel Martin, former Fusion anchor Alicia Menendez, and PBS NewsHour Weekend anchor Hari Sreenivasan. Amanpour will be in London, while the others will be in New York at WNET’s studio at Lincoln Center.

While Rose’s show was recorded at Bloomberg TV (which broadcast the show after it aired on PBS), the new Amanpour & Company will run on CNN International after its PBS airing.

“For decades, a national audience has turned to PBS for smart conversations about the ideas of our time from diverse voices,” said Neal Shapiro, President and CEO of WNET, and an executive in charge of the new show. “That trusted tradition continues with Amanpour & Company.”