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Walters plans to retire in 2014, source says

Barbara Walters plans to retire next year, ending a television career that began more than a half century ago and made her a trailblazer in news and daytime TV.

Someone who works closely with Walters said the plan is for her to retire in May 2014 after a series of special programs saluting her career. The person was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Thursday.

Walters, 83, was hospitalized this year after falling and cutting her head while leaving a party in Washington and remained out of work after developing the chickenpox.

Her television career began in 1961 when she was hired as a writer for the “Today” show.

It wasn’t clear when Walters would announce her plans. Late spring is the time TV networks generally reveal their plans for the upcoming year.

– Associated Press

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