December 7, 2007 |
ABC's "Nightline" got a lift from the writers strike in November, pulling past its benched competition, CBS' "Late Show With David Letterman," in ratings sweeps for the first time in seven years. The newsmagazine drew an average of 3.8 million viewers for the month, up 7% from November 2006, while 3.7 million people tuned into "Letterman" repeats, a drop of 18%, according to Nielsen Media Research.
July 7, 2006 |
ABC's Bob Woodruff contributed to a "Nightline" report on North Korea on Wednesday, his first journalistic work since being seriously hurt by a roadside bomb in Iraq on Jan. 29. By telephone, Woodruff recorded a few lines to accompany the "Nightline" rebroadcast of a report he did about his visit to North Korea last summer. His voice-over tied the discussion of North Korea's closed society to its recent test firing of missiles.
June 12, 2006 |
In the beginning, Cynthia McFadden couldn't get Ted Koppel's voice out of her head. McFadden, one of the three anchors who in November took over ABC's "Nightline," the venerable late-night news franchise that Koppel pioneered, described succeeding the veteran newsman as "sort of like walking into a buzz saw." "At first we were really trying so hard, the show just felt a little stiff," she said. "I kept thinking, 'I can't be Ted Koppel.' " Critics didn't think so, either.
December 12, 2005 |
They say "Goodnight, America" now at the end of "Nightline." All three of the new anchors say it -- Cynthia McFadden, Terry Moran, Martin Bashir -- they trade off. They also sometimes say: "Jimmy Kimmel is next." It is a symbolic if small shift in the post-Ted Koppel broadcast.
December 2, 2005 |
"Nightline's" Terry Moran gathered a dozen Iraqis for a town hall-style meeting Thursday at a makeshift studio in Baghdad, where they spoke of their hopes, fears and aspirations. Yet there was none of the strong anti-American comment often heard in Iraq: Those expected to express such sentiments never showed up for the taping in the heavily fortified Green Zone. "Nightline" spokeswoman Emily Lenzner said every effort was made to ensure that critics and supporters of the U.S.
November 24, 2005 |
TED KOPPEL anchored his final "Nightline" Tuesday night, leaving a job he has held for a quarter-century, and a network, ABC, that has cut his paychecks for 42 years. (It was also the 42nd anniversary of the Kennedy assassination and the day that the president practiced his pardoning powers on a pair of turkeys, though neither event made "Nightline.") That is a long time even in real life, but in TV years it's just a minute short of forever.