Christiane Amanpour makes her 'This Week' debut on ABC News

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Former CNN correspondent Christiane Amanpour made her first appearance as the new host of ABC News' "This Week" on Sunday (Aug. 1), replacing George Stephanopoulos, who departed for "Good Morning America" in January.

The new version of the nearly 30-year-old talk show only deviated slightly from previous incarnations, opting for pre-taped interviews (with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates) during Amanpour's first broadcast. The live round-table discussion included "This Week" veterans Donna Brazile, Paul Krugman and George Will.

ABC is positioning 52-year-old, Iran-born Amanpour as a new, international perspective in the Sunday morning talk race, and she's doing her part to reinforce the message.

Amanpour opened the episode by telling the audience what she brings to the table. "Having witnessed firsthand the global challenges and opportunities that America faces every day," she says. "I'm also eager to open a window on the world and cut through those classified issues that we all confront."

For 18 years, Amanpour held the title of CNN chief international correspondent. ABC News announced her as the new "This Week" host in March.

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