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Gibson Will Be Missed

It isn't exactly earth-shattering news that Charles Gibson announced today that he will be leaving as anchor of ABC's "World News Tonight" in January and that Diane Sawyer will replace him.

Gibson, 66, said he considered retirement before and Sawyer, 63, certainly deserves the job.

I'll miss Gibson, who comfortably fit the traditional role of wise-old anchor even if he didn't get the evening job until three years ago. He is from the old school of journalism and didn't pretend to be anything but who he was when anchoring or reporting.

Much is being made of the fact that Sawyer's promotion to nightly news anchor means that two of the three network evening anchors--  CBS' Katie Couric is the other -- are now female.

But haven't we gotten past thinking about gender by now? That said, it will be interesting to see if Sawyer -- who some people feel is more deserving of the anchor role --  will draw viewers away from Couric's third-place newscast.

Or will be the real winner long-term be the lone male anchor who already is in first place -- Brian Williams of NBC's Nightly News?

I find myself watching Couric as much as Williams and Gibson and don't usually see much difference in the newscasts on a nightly basis.

Which of the three anchors will you be watching in January and why?

-- Alan Pergament           

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