As Layoffs Loom, Amanpour Hiring Upsets Some at ABC

By Andrew Gauthier 


Contrary to the gladiator’s code, those at ABC News who are about to die are not saluting the emperor.

With a staff reduction of up to 25 percent looming, many of the troops are unhappy that news division chief David Westin last week signed expensive outsider Christiane Amanpour to anchor “This Week”. The CNN star begins in August.


“In general, people are too demoralized to care,” says a veteran ABC correspondent, speaking on condition of anonymity because he may be among those laid off if there aren’t enough voluntary buyouts. More…