Accuracy in Media

Admitting that the makeover of Sunday morning news show This Week has been a disappointment new ABC News president vowed to fix the ailing show.

From the Huffington Post

Sherwood also said that he wants to “fix” the Sunday morning political talk show “This Week.” The show has sunk in the ratings since Christiane Amanpour took over as anchor from George Stephanopoulos.

“We can create a format for her that puts her into a place where she’s doing what she does best,” he said.

The show is produced in Washington, D.C., even though executive producer James Goldston and Amanpour both live in the New York area.

Sherwood said the show is an important part of ABC’s Washington presence and that he has no plans to move it, although he stopped short of saying that would never be done. He said he hasn’t discussed that issue with Amanpour.

Sherwood just needs to admit the network made a very expensive mistake by hiring Amanpour for the Sunday slot.

Amanpour who is very well known for her international reporting career and expertise in foreign affairs has been a bad fit for the domestic issues driven program.  And while she has improved her knowledge on domestic issues it is clear when watching the program that she is still very ill at ease when discussing them.

On the other hand when Senior White House correspondent Jake Tapper filled in after Stephanopouos’ departure he proved to be a very able successor with his consummate knowledge of Washington and the issues.

Rather than consider changing the format to fit Amanpour ABC should find another role that suits her better and hire Tapper or another knowledgeable  Washington  journalist to get the show back on track before it’s too late.

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