Sawyer & Gibson In for Woodruff on ABC

Sawyer & Gibson In for Woodruff on ABC
Bob Woodruff
Kathy Willens/AP

updated 02/01/2006 at 08:00 AM EST

originally published 02/01/2006 08:00AM

As ABC World News Tonight anchor Bob Woodruff recovers from serious head injuries sustained during a weekend explosion in Iraq, Good Morning America anchors Diane Sawyer and Charles Gibson will alternate sharing the responsibility of filling in for him opposite Elizabeth Vargas, The New York Times reports.

Other news people may sit in for Woodruff as well, the paper says. An Official ABC News announcement is forthcoming.

On Tuesday, a military plane carrying Woodruff, 44, and cameraman, Doug Vogt, 46, arrived at an airfield near Washington, D.C., after a flight from Germany – where the two men had been taken after initial medical treatment in Iraq.

The two were then transferred to the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. Vogt is said to be in better shape than Woodruff. The cameraman is reportedly sitting up and telling jokes. Woodruff, who has been showing reaction to stimuli, is expected to face a longer recovery period, of possibly up to several months.

Viewer interest in Woodruff's condition has helped ratings of the ABC evening newscast, which for the first time since Oct. 12, had a larger audience than the usually top-rated NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams. On Monday, ABC had about a million more viewers than NBC. (NBC usually leads by a million viewers.)

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