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teknofriend



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PostPosted: Sun Nov 20, 2005 1:58 am    Post subject: A legend signs off Reply with quote

Several years ago, ABC News' "Nightline" had plans to air a series that was calculated to shock, horrify or at least revive viewers who had just spent much of the previous summer gorging on the travails of Rep. Gary Condit, courtesy of all the networks, including the one that "Nightline" called home.

The series on genocide in the Congo was scheduled to air a full five nights, in part to achieve maximum impact and to remind everyone that this is what TV news was really supposed to do, or at least what "Nightline" did best. Born in the crucible of another international crisis two decades earlier - the takeover of the American Embassy in Tehran - "Nightline" still actually believed its motto of "bringing people together who are worlds apart," and that what happens over there - the great, big, messy and often terribly dangerous world beyond our borders - has an effect on what happens here in this country.

To some detractors in network news, the "Nightline" attitude - as long exemplified by its helmet-haired host, Ted Koppel - seemed quaintly high church or, worse, sanctimonious. Then, Sept. 11, 2001 arrived just two days after the series began. As network news divisions struggled to define al-Qaida, or even spell it, Koppel and his expansive worldview no longer seemed quite so sanctimonious or high church after all.

That devotion to international reporting may be just part of the legacy of what will soon be recalled as the original incarnation of "Nightline." Koppel, 65, exits the show Tuesday, handing over the reins to three new hosts and a show that will decidedly have a different feel.
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nuttylove



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PostPosted: Sun Nov 20, 2005 7:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wonder who they will replace Koppel with.
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