NEW YORK (AP) _ Forrest Sawyer, a familiar face on ABC News for 11 years, has left the network.

Sawyer left to pursue other opportunities, said his agent, Arthur Kaminsky.

``For 11 years, he was an important part of ABC News,'' network spokeswoman Eileen Murphy said Tuesday. ``He made the decision that he wants to pursue options elsewhere and we wish him nothing but the best.''

Sawyer worked as a reporter and substitute anchor on ``Nightline,'' ``World News Tonight'' and other shows.

Sawyer's salary may have made him a liability at a network that is cutting staff.