Barbara Walters, 83, whose television career spans more than a half century, will retire in May 2014, an executive familiar with the newswoman’s plans said Thursday.
The formal announcement of Walters’ plans probably will be made this May on her ABC daytime program, “The View.” The executive familiar with the plans said the following year will include a number of specials and retrospectives of Walters’ career in television on her network, ABC.
Walters’ decision follows a year in which her health became a national story. She suffered a concussion in Washington after the inauguration. That developed into an infection that was ultimately diagnosed as a case of chicken pox. In 2010, Walters underwent a successful heart bypass operation.
Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teenager shot in the head by the Taliban as she returned home from school, is writing a book about the traumatic event and her long-running campaign to promote children’s education.
Publisher Weidenfeld and Nicolson announced it would release “I am Malala” in Britain and Commonwealth countries this fall. Little, Brown and Co. will publish the 15-year-old’s memoir in the United States and much of the rest of the world.
“Malala is already an inspiration to millions around the world. Reading her story of courage and survival will open minds, enlarge hearts, and eventually allow more girls and boys to receive the education they hunger for,” said Michael Pietsch, executive vice president and publisher of Little, Brown.
CNN is rebooting its mornings with a new program hosted by Chris Cuomo and Kate Bolduan that will debut later this spring, hoping its behind-the-scenes firepower can create something distinctive for a crowded marketplace.
The show, which will originate in New York, will also feature Los Angeles local TV anchor Michaela Pereira as the news anchor. The senior executive producer, Jim Murphy, promised viewers a “different kind of conversation and a fresher and more energetic program than they’re used to.”