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June 2014

Anchor Change at ABC News

Diane Sawyer

NEW YORK (AP) — ABC says Diane Sawyer is stepping down as its evening news anchor, to be replaced by David Muir.

The network said Sawyer will concentrate on interviews and specials. During her tenure, ABC's "World News" was a steady second to Brian Williams at NBC, although the ABC broadcast has made gains among younger viewers.

Muir is familiar to "World News" viewers as a substitute for Sawyer and has traveled around the country for his "Made in America" series.

ABC said George Stephanopoulos will take on a new role as chief anchor for live news events.

INBA Members Win PRNDI Awards

Two INBA members accepted awards this weekend at the Public Radio News Directors Inc. (PRNDI) annual conference in Washington, D.C. 
INBA Executive Secretary Rich Egger won First Place in the News Feature category and Second Place in the Investigative/Enterprise Reporting category for his reporting on the "50% Plus 1" issue in the Macomb elections. Egger is News Director at Tri States Public Radio.

Chicago Cubs Changing Stations

   Radio broadcasts for the Chicago Cubs will be on a new station next season.  The Chicago Tribune reports that the Cubs signed a long-term deal with WBBM-AM 780.  Terms were not disclosed.  The official announcement is expected Thursday, June 5 in Chicago.
The Cubs’ broadcasts have been on WGN-AM 720 for nearly a century, but media blogger Robert Feder indicates that may not have been a financially profitable relationship in recent years, with WGN losing perhaps $6 million a year.