ABC issued the denial Monday in response to a report in Broadcasting & Cable that the "Good Morning America" co-anchor was angling for the job, Daily Variety reported Tuesday.
ABC News spokesman Jeffery Schneider said Sawyer has not asked to leave "Good Morning America" and is not a candidate for the evening news anchor job.
Sawyer's "GMA" co-host Charles Gibson and Elizabeth Vargas of "20/20" have been filling the vacant "World News Tonight" seat since April. They, along with correspondent Bob Woodruff, are considered frontrunners for the job.
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