'Christiane Amanpour Show' readied as fill-in for 'Charlie Rose'
By BRIAN STEINBERG Variety.com
LOS ANGELES — Veteran foreign-affairs correspondent Christiane Amanpour will get a roost at PBS as the public broadcaster works to fill the slot left vacant by the now-canceled “Charlie Rose” program.
PBS and its New York affiliate, WNET, will offer the anchor’s nightly global affairs interview program on an interim basis to PBS stations nationwide. Dubbed “Amanpour on PBS,” the program aired on WNET beginning Monday. It will be offered to PBS stations across the U.S. beginning Dec. 11 at 11 p.m.
The program will continue to air on CNN International weekdays at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. eastern.
PBS said it is in the process of “finalizing plans” for a second public-affairs show to follow “Amanpour on PBS” at 11:30 p.m.
A separate announcement is expected to follow at a later date.
“Christiane Amanpour is a fearless and uncompromising journalist,” said Neal Shapiro, president and CEO of WNET, 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.”
“Charlie Rose” had run on PBS since 1994. The respected interview program launched on WNET in 1991 gained a wide following for the host’s detailed and in-depth talks with a range of personalities. PBS cut ties with the host last month after learning of allegations of sexual assault levied at him by several women, some of whom had worked as junior producers on his program. The show was produced by Rose’s own company and syndicated by PBS.
Amanpour’s program features interviews with global leaders and decision makers.
“‘Amanpour on PBS’ adds to the long tradition of public affairs programming that has been a hallmark of public media for decades,” said Paula Kerger, president and CEO of PBS, in a statement.
Amanpour has earned 11 News and Documentary Emmy Awards, four Peabody Awards, two George Polk Awards, three duPont-Columbia Awards and the Courage in Journalism Award. She has received nine honorary degrees.
Her profile widened as she worked from eastern Europe and the Middle East for CNN in the 1980s and 1990s. She has during her career contributed to CBS’ “60 Minutes” and spent some time as host of ABC News’ “This Week.”