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ABC denies Diane Sawyer report

Oct. 25, 2005 at 2:18 PM

NEW YORK, Oct. 25 (UPI) -- ABC News says Diane Sawyer is not in the running to replace the late Peter Jennings as anchor of "World News Tonight."

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.