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Christiane Amanpour.  (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)
Christiane Amanpour. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)

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PBS picks Christiane Amanpour to fill opening left by disgraced Charlie Rose

By WITW Staff on May 8, 2018

Veteran journalist Christiane Amanpour will replace Charlie Rose on PBS stations throughout the nation, the network revealed on Tuesday. Rose’s longtime PBS show was canceled last November after several women made accusations of sexual misconduct against him. He was also fired as a co-host of CBS This Morning around the same time.

After his show went off the air at PBS, the network had been airing reruns of Amanpour’s CNN International show during the time slot once occupied by Rose. The CNN show was only 30 minutes and under the new arrangement, it will be lengthened to a full hour to cover the entirety of Rose’s former 11 p.m. Friday night position. It’s also getting a new name: Amanpour & Company. Viewers will start seeing the new version of the show in July.

In her remarks about formally taking over the show on a permanent basis, Amanpour alluded to the very issue that led to the time slot being open. “I’m delighted to expand my role at PBS from interim to permanent along with this remarkable diversity of voices and views,” Amanpour said. “Never has the time for exploring our world and America’s place in it been so urgent. I am also thrilled to be a female filling this role at this time!”

In a statement on Tuesday, WNET president and CEO Neal Shapiro said, “For decades, a national audience has turned to PBS for smart conversations about the ideas of our time from diverse voices. That trusted tradition continues with Amanpour & Company.”

Read the full story at CNN.


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