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Diane Sawyer 'ABC World News Tonight' retirement rumours denied

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Diane Sawyer will not be retiring from ABC World News Tonight, despite widely published reports claiming otherwise.

The journalist was the subject of a New York Daily News article suggesting that Sawyer is mulling leaving network news to help care for her mother, who is allegedly suffering from a serious illness.

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A supposed insider told the publication: "She has discussed with a few close friends and some people at ABC that she is seriously considering retiring.

"She said she'll be ready to hang it up not long down the road. She loves work and what she does and has endless energy, but she's overwhelmed with personal problems and she is thinking about leaving to take care of her family."

The report has drawn a swift denial from ABC, with a network spokesperson insisting that Sawyer has no plans to leave her post on ABC World News Tonight.

"That's a bunch of nonsense as we made clear and Diane's plans for 2013 haven't changed in any way," the ABC representative commented.

Sawyer has been the anchor of ABC World News Tonight since 2009. She previously hosted ABC's 20/20 and Good Morning America.

The news anchor first joined ABC News in 1989 after a successful tenure on CBS's 60 Minutes.

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