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ABC announces Koppel’s last ‘Nightline’

Network planning new format after anchor steps down Nov. 22

October 8, 2005

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Ted Koppel prepares for "Nightline" on March 31 in Washington. Koppel will anchor his last edition of "Nightline" on Nov. 22, with the first post-Koppel edition of the ABC newscast airing Nov. 28, the network said Thursday.

Ted Koppel prepares for "Nightline" on March 31 in Washington. Koppel will anchor his last edition of "Nightline" on Nov. 22, with the first post-Koppel edition of the ABC newscast airing Nov. 28, the network said Thursday.

— Ted Koppel will anchor his last edition of "Nightline" on Nov. 22, with the first post-Koppel edition of the ABC newscast airing Nov. 28, the network said Thursday.

Koppel, 65, has anchored the show since its official launch in March 1980. The show grew out of a series of special reports about the Iranian hostage crisis that began the previous November.

Koppel and his "Nightline" executive producer, Tom Bettag, are expected to keep working together on news programs after leaving ABC News.

How the late-night news show will evolve following Koppel's departure remains a mystery less than two months before it is scheduled to debut. ABC has appointed James Goldston, who produced a British show similar to "Nightline," as the broadcast's new executive producer, and it has experimented with a multi-topic format on nights Koppel was off.

The longtime Washington-based show is expected to split time between studios there and New York, according to published reports. Several reports have also suggested Koppel will be replaced by multiple anchors; ABC News has declined to talk about its "Nightline" plans until they are complete.

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