Veteran journalist Christiane Amanpour will bring her talents to the Public Broadcasting Service when she takes over the air slot formerly held by disgraced journalist Charlie Rose.
On Mon, Dec.3, The Public Broadcasting Service and WNET announced that the CNN International Correspondent broadcasted the first episode of the interim news show: Amanpour on PBS. The broadcast is expected to air on all of the Public Broadcasting Service's stations on Mon., Dec. 11.
A New Chapter For Amanpour
President and Chief Executive of WNET Neal Shapiro was the first to welcome the international reporter to the fold in a statement.
"We are pleased to welcome her to the PBS system and are gratified to offer this thorough and responsible news program to viewers nationwide." Said Shapiro.
Amanpour has an impressive resume as she earned over 11 Emmy Awards, four Peabody Awards, and is a two-time recipient of the George Polk Awards in Journalism. She also spent several years as a 60 Minutes correspondent and anchored ABC's This Week. Amanpour also spent time as ABC News' Global Affairs Reporter.
The Public Broadcasting Service added that Amanpour might not be the only current events host that will join the network. The network revealed that they are in the process of setting up another program, but did not disclose further details.
Fallen Power Players
News of Amanpour's hiring comes weeks after both the Public Broadcasting Service and CBS fired Charlie Rose over sexual harassment claims that were highlighted in a Washington Post article revealed that eight women accused the former CBS: This Morning anchor of doing disturbing activities in their presence.
Rose apologized in a public statement and added that he "behaved insensitively at times" and accepted responsibility for his actions. In addition to Rose, NBC terminated longtime Today Show anchor Matt Lauer after an employee reported his alleged behavior.
"There are no words to express my sorrow and regret the pain that I have caused others by words and actions," Lauer wrote in a statement. "To the people I have hurt, I am truly sorry." Since Lauer's apology, more women who choose to remain anonymous have come forward and accused the former NBC News anchor of sexual harassment.
All of these developments stem from the unnerving expose regarding fallen movie mogul Harvey Weinstein. The movie producer is currently facing over 80 allegations of sexual misconduct, which were exposed in a New York Times article.