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Christiane Amanpour for ‘This Week’?
By Michael Calderon

Still searching for a permanent host for “This Week,” ABC News is in talks with Christiane Amanpour, the CNN foreign correspondent known more for globe-trotting reporting than talking politics within the Beltway.

Amanpour, through a CNN spokesperson, declined to comment, but sources with knowledge of the hiring process say she’s now in the mix of internal and external candidates ABC is considering to replace George Stephanopoulos, who left for “Good Morning America” in December.

Since Stephanopoulos’s departure, the network has kept the Sunday show seat warm with a steady stream of ABC correspondents: Jake Tapper, Terry Moran, Barbara Walters, Jonathan Karl and Elizabeth Vargas.

This Sunday, Matthew Dowd — chief strategist behind the Bush-Cheney reelection campaign and currently a political strategist for the network — will get his turn asking questions of guests Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of Health and Human Services, and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). He’ll also lead the roundtable with regulars like George Will and Donna Brazile.

It will be Tapper again the following week, but after that, it’s unclear.

ABC News President David Westin said in an interview with MarketWatch on Wednesday that he expects to have a permanent host in the next few weeks. And that could be an internal choice — Tapper and Moran are thought to be at the top of the list — or an outside candidate.

Earlier in the process, POLITICO reported that ABC contacted PBS’s Gwen Ifill, who was also on the shortlist for CNN’s Sunday show, “State of the Union” — a job that eventually went to Candy Crowley. And now there’s another prominent woman in the mix.

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