On his last day helming the CBS Evening News, ABC News announced it has hired back Rick Kaplan
to be the executive producer of This Week
with Christiane Amanpour.
Kaplan had previously spent 20 years at ABC News as
executive producer of Good Morning
America, Nightline, PrimeTime Live and World News Tonight with Peter Jennings. He also served as president
of CNN/U.S. from 1997-2000 and president of MSNBC from 2004-06.
In the announcement Thursday, ABC News President Ben
Sherwood said Kaplan would also oversee the division's political coverage in
the 2012 elections and beyond. Kaplan previously headed political coverage when
he was a senior VP during his second tour at ABC News from 2003-04.
This Week has been
without an executive producer since Ian Cameron departed the program at the end
of last year.
Kaplan announced his exit as EP of the Evening News on Tuesday, following the news that Scott Pelley would
replace Katie Couric on the newscast.