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Wednesday, May 24, 2006

The old boy's network strikes once again


ABC Rejects Dual Anchors in 2nd Shuffle

Ms. Vargas, 44, said that her doctors had been hounding her to cut back on her work or risk being confined to "bed rest," and that their admonitions influenced her decision to begin her maternity leave later this month. When she returns to work in the fall, she said, she will limit herself to her other job at ABC, as co-host of "20/20."

Ms. Vargas said she had ruled out returning to "World News" as a co-anchor following her maternity leave because of the stresses of raising two young children.

"I don't think it's fair to a new baby to have a new mom who's off in Iraq or Iran all the time," she said. "I certainly intend to be doing that in a few years. But right now it's not realistic for me." (In February Ms. Vargas was quoted as telling The Philadelphia Inquirer that she expected to return to Iraq soon after her baby was born.)

But in an interview yesterday, Mr. Westin said he had also conveyed to Ms. Vargas that he did not see her as matching up with Mr. Gibson as well as she had with Mr. Woodruff, a conversation that Ms. Vargas recalled similarly. While Mr. Woodruff had been expected to lead "World News" regularly from the road, with Ms. Vargas often in the studio, Mr. Gibson is not expected to travel nearly as much.

"The one thing I never wanted to do was recreate something that had been done before, a man and a woman sitting together at a desk," Mr. Westin said.

The fact was that there was no way in hell they were going to send her to Iraq after Woodruff was injured so severely. But you know, the old boy network is far from dead. They made Vargas read the announcement of her own demotion during tonight's newscast.

Maybe it's better to get it out yourself, but I felt truly bad for her. I doubt a male anchor would be forced to do same.

And despite all the kind words about Bob Woodruff keeping his job, well, it's a business, even if he almost gets killed for you.

posted by Steve @ 1:00:00 AM

1:00:00 AM

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