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PBS Names Gwen Ifill, Judy Woodruff Co-Anchors Of 'NewsHour'

PBS says Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff will share the job of anchoring public television's News Hour.

"The veteran correspondents were also named managing editors of the weekly news program," PBS reports on the Newshour blog.

The long-time host of the show, Jim Lehrer, stepped down in June of 2011. Since then, the show rotated hosts.

In it's press release PBS explains how the co-anchoring duties will work out:

"Ifill and Woodruff will anchor the broadcast together Monday through Thursday each week. On Fridays, Woodruff will anchor solo as Ifill hosts Washington Week that evening. This will mark the first time a network broadcast has had a female co-anchor team."

Update at 1:51 p.m. ET. The Rotating Cast:

The New York Times explains the rotating cast that had become the norm for the program:

"Tuesday's announcement was, among other things, an admission that a rotating anchor format is not preferable for a long period of time. At the end of 2009, as Mr. Lehrer neared retirement, Ms. Ifill and Ms. Woodruff and three other correspondents — Jeffrey Brown, Ray Suarez and Margaret Warner — started to take turns anchoring the 'NewsHour' with him. After he retired, this format remained in place, with two of the five anchoring each weeknight. 'It was a way to give each of them a chance,' said Linda Winslow, the program's executive producer, praising the team of 'really powerful people.'

"But the arrangement made production of the 'NewsHour' unwieldy at times, and it confused viewers, at least some of whom expect to see the same face or faces every night."

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