Barbara Walters - ABC Veteran Barbara Walters Is Set To Retire By Next Year

It’s official – broadcast journalist Barbara Walters will retire from ABC, after a career spanning half a century.

The reports were first published by Deadline and The New York Times, but ABC refused comment on the news, CNN reports. The initial plan, according to Deadline, was for Walters’s retirement to be announced in May, giving the network an entire year to celebrate her career, before it officially ends in May 2014. These days, Walters is best known for co-hosting ABC’s the View, which she also co-created back in 1997, but in her career, she has built up an impressive portfolio of journalistic experience.

The 83-year-old Walters has interviewed every president and first lady since Richard and Pat Nixon and has built a name at ABC with the regular “Barbara Walters Specials” and “Ten Most Fascinating People” specials, the latter of which have become an annual end-of-the-year programme at ABC.

However, back in the distant 1961, her career actually began when she was hired as a writer, reporter and panel member on NBC’s Today show. She was quickly promoted to co-host, but then ABC snatched her away in 1976. In 1984, she began work as a correspondent and co-host for ABC’s 20/20 news magazine show, where she worked for two decades. Walters still reports on occasion, but her increasing health issues have made the task more difficult in recent years.

Barbara Walters, New York Ballet Gala
After a career spanning five decades, ABC journalist Barbara Walters is ready to retire.

 


Contactmusic

Tags: Barbara Walters


Advertisement

Editors Recommendations

New 'Mad Max: Fury Road' Teaser Trailer Hits The Web. It's Insane. [Trailer]

While Mad Max has never been a docile franchise, we were still...

New 'Mad Max: Fury Road' Teaser Trailer Hits The Web. It's Insane. [Trailer]

Drunken Keith Urban fans hospitalised at concert

Chaos ensued at country star Keith Urban’s concert in Mansfield, Massachussetts as many fans...

Drunken Keith Urban fans hospitalised at concert

Jake Bugg - There's A Beast And We All Feed It

A new black and white video for Jake Bugg's song 'There's A Beast And We All Feed It' has now...

Jake Bugg - There's A Beast And We All Feed It Video

Ian Somerhalder And Nikki Reed Get Affectionate At Comic-Con 2014

Apparently Comic-Con is one giant love fest this year, with Ian Somerhalder...

Ian Somerhalder And Nikki Reed Get Affectionate At Comic-Con 2014

Poll: What Do We Think of The Simpsons/Family Guy Teaser Trailer?

Homer and Peter Griffin, Bart and Stewie, Marge and Lois, Lisa and Meg...

Poll: What Do We Think of The Simpsons/Family Guy Teaser Trailer?

The Kooks - Forgive & Forget (Live At Hana Studios)

The Kooks are set to return with their fourth studio album 'Listen' on September 1st 2014 via Virgin...

The Kooks - Forgive & Forget (Live At Hana Studios) Video
Advertisement

Marvel's "Avengers: Age Of Ultron" Trailer Debuted At SDCC And Looked Awesome, Probably.

Marvel kicked off promotion for Avengers: Age of Ultron early at SDCC...

Marvel's

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 'Our Leader The Mockingjay'

Katniss Everdeen has survived the latest political disaster of Panem...

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 Trailer

Lily Allen's Instagram Prank Might Get Aussie Policeman In Trouble

Lily Allen’s Instagram prank with the help of an Australian police officer could...

Lily Allen's Instagram Prank Might Get Aussie Policeman In Trouble


More recommendations

Advertisement

Comments

Barbara Walters Newsletter

Subscribe to this news alert service to receive news and reviews on Barbara Walters

Unsubscribe | Unsubscribe All