New York—If you tuned in last night to watch the “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams,” or “ABC World News with Diane Sawyer,” you might have thought you were on the wrong channel. Or, more likely than not, you might not have noticed anything at all.
National nightly news anchors Diane Sawyer and Brian Williams switched networks last night, but polls conducted today showed that, remarkably, only 12% of the viewing public noticed.
Sawyer and Williams, who agreed to the switch only after being assured their pay would not reflect a personal day off, used the regular reporting staff of the respective network. Some reports have said that some of the field reporters didn’t notice the change, either. ABC News correspondent David Kerley called Williams “Diane” three times on camera last night.
Producers for both programs confirmed the one-time switch, explaining that Robert Iger, the CEO of Disney, who owns ABC, won a bet with the CEO of NBC, Steve Burke, and had to switch news anchors for a day, “as a goof.”