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*PBS this morning announced that Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff — the stars of its most recent presidential election coverage – will serve as co-anchors and managing editors of “Newshour,” marking the first time two women are co-anchoring an evening newscast on a major US television network.

“We picked the two people that were strongest,” PBS chief Paula Kerger said at the TCA Press Tour.

Ifill and Woodruff will anchor the broadcast together Monday through Thursday; Woodruff will solo Fridays while Ifill hosts her show “Washington Week that night.

“Newshour” has had rotating teams of anchors over the past few years; Ifill and Woodruff were in the rotation. PBS will launch a weekend edition of “Newshour” next month. Hari Sreenivasan will anchor “Newshour Weekend,” Saturdays and Sundays beginning September 7; he also will serve as senior correspondent for the weekday newscast, reporting several times a week from WNET in New York.