Gibson Takes Over 'World News Tonight'
He takes over for Elizabeth Vargas, who became co-anchor of "World News Tonight" in January (with Bob Woodruff) but is soon scheduled to go on maternity leave. She'll remain with ABC, returning as an anchor of
"Charlie Gibson is one of the most distinguished journalists on television," ABC News President David Westin says. "He is a superb broadcaster, the consummate professional and a very familiar presence to the audience and everyone at 'World News Tonight.'"
The 63-year-old Gibson has co-anchored "Good Morning America" with
"I am humbled to accept this new assignment. I have witnessed firsthand the grace and determination of every member of the staff of 'World News Tonight,'" Gibson says. "I look forward to joining this extraordinary team and to helping the broadcast start a new chapter."
The switch in anchors comes on the heels of "World News Tonight" falling into third place, behind
Since Jennings died last August, the "World News Tonight" anchor position has been in flux. Westin named Woodruff and Vargas co-anchors of the broadcast late last year, promising a daily webcast and an updated version of the show for West Coast viewers.
Not long after the duo took over, though, Woodruff was badly injured when a
ABC hasn't said who will take Gibson's place on "Good Morning America" when he shifts to the nightly newscast.