Veteran news man Byron Pitts moved from CBS News to ABC News in 2013 to become chief national correspondent and anchor.
Now, after being at the network for a year and half, Pitts has been promoted to the new anchor of ABC’s “Nightline.”
Pitts replaces ABC News’ chief legal analyst Dan Abrams, who will no longer anchor “Nightline” but remain in his analyst post.
The announcement came via an internal memo sent to ABC News staffers today.
“I’m delighted to announce that Byron Pitts will join Nightline as co-anchor. Byron is a truly passionate storyteller and deep thinker about the critical issues of our time, as his work from Soweto to Ferguson makes clear,” the correspondence read. “Our chief national correspondent since 2013, Byron has been committed to finding stories and voices rarely heard on the national stage. He profiled an American lawyer – inspired by Nelson Mandela – helping hundreds of South African orphans go to school; got a closer look at New Orleans’ comeback as the Hollywood of the South; and memorably talked to the self-described pope of Satanism preaching in the heart of the Bible Belt.”
Abrams last night anchoring “Nightline” is tonight, with Pitts starting afterwards.