UPDATED: It turns out that the “opportunity” that has “Nightline” anchor Bill Weir leaving ABC is a new job at CNN. The news that Weir was leaving “Nightline” — and being replaced as co-anchor by ABC’s Dan Harris — made the rounds Friday morning. On Friday afternoon, CNN made an announcement about Weir: He’ll be joining CNN as an anchor with an additional title — Chief Innovation Correspondent — in November.
PREVIOUSLY: Dan Harris is replacing Bill Weir as the co-anchor of “Nightline” because Weir is leaving ABC “for another opportunity in the news business,” ABC News chief Ben Sherwood said Friday.
Weir, who helped begin “GMA Weekend” in 2004, was named co-anchor of “Nightline” in 2010. Harris has covered religion for “Nightline,” focusing especially on evangelicals. He earned one of the first interviews with Ted Haggard after his sex and drugs scandal. He has also covered school shootings, the war in Afghanistan, the Haiti earthquake and Hurricane Katrina.
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In his new role, Harris will continue to anchor “GMA Weekend.” He will join “Nightline” anchors Cynthia McFadden and Dan Abrams effective immediately.
ABC News did not immediately respond to a request for comment on what Weir will do next.