After 37 years with ABC News, Barbara Walters announced Monday that she will retire from TV journalism next summer. Until then, the 83-year-old newscaster and host will continue to appear on "The View" and anchor specials throughout the year, including a "20 Years of 10 Most Fascinating People" special in December, an Oscars special and a May career retrospective.
Walters will remain executive producer of "The View," the show she created in 1997. "I am very happy with my decision and look forward to a wonderful and special year ahead both on 'The View' and with ABC News. I created 'The View' and am delighted it will last beyond my leaving it."
Walters began her career in 1961 at NBC's "Today Show," where she eventually became a co-host. She has a daughter, Jacqueline, and is looking forward to taking a break -- and seeing what the next generation of journalists has to offer.
"I do not want to appear on another program or climb another mountain," she says. "I want instead to sit on a sunny field and admire the very gifted women -- and OK, some men too -- who will be taking my place."
"Today" co-anchor Savannah Guthrie had big news to report Monday: She said on-air that she will marry her boyfriend of four years, Michael Feldman, and showed off her diamond engagement ring
"I got engaged over the weekend to my boyfriend ??? who I adore," Guthrie, 41, said. "We've been together for four years so, as he said, no one will accuse us of rushing in to anything."
Feldman is a public relations consultant and former political adviser to Al Gore, according to the New York Daily News.
After months of hints and peeks, Daft Punk has released the band's "Random Access Memories" on iTunes. The album went online one week before its official release in the U.S. and four days before its grand unveiling in Wee Waa, Australia, MTV.com reported.
The epic record can be heard in full on Daft Punk's artist page on iTunes.
" 'Random Access Memories' has more than 60 minutes of conscious-expanding, disco-tinged dance, including cameos from Giorgio Moroder (on the standout "Giorgio by Moroder"), Pharrell Williams (on first single "Get Lucky" and "Lose Yourself To Dance"), the legendary Nile Rodgers and Paul Williams (of "Rainbow Connection" fame) and Animal Collective member Panda Bear," MTV said.