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June 22, 1990 | DON SHANNON and SCOTT KRAFT, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Nelson Mandela stoutly defended his ties with Palestine Liberation Organization Chairman Yasser Arafat on Thursday, chiding those who he said had tried to misconstrue his position on Israel and saying that "we have no time to look into the internal affairs of other countries." Mandela was questioned on the matter extensively during a "town meeting" segment of ABC-TV's "Nightline" aired Thursday night.
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BUSINESS
August 11, 2008 | Meg James, Times Staff Writer
This should be a new dawn for "Nightline." Instead, it could be good night. After years of lagging behind dueling late-night talk shows, the ABC news program is winning attention with a series of high-profile scoops and closing the viewer gap against "Late Show With David Letterman." But instead of celebrating, "Nightline" staffers are anxious. Six years ago, Walt Disney Co. tried to lure Letterman to its ABC network, a move that backfired and frayed relations with the news division.
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SPORTS
June 22, 1998 | ROSS NEWHAN
"Eenie, meenie, minie, moe. Catch a tiger by the toe." We all learned that children's rhyme, some differently than others. Some didn't, and maybe still don't, say tiger, employing an 'N' word with racist overtones instead. George Campanis remembered Sunday making that mistake in his youth and remembered the beating as well. "It was the only time my dad took a belt to me," said Campanis on the Father's Day that George and Jimmy lost their father.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 7, 2007 | Matea Gold
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.
SPORTS
April 6, 1997 | STEVE SPRINGER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In his old office at Dodger Stadium, Al Campanis hung only three pictures--of Jackie Robinson, Sandy Koufax and Roberto Clemente, an African American, a Jew and a Puerto Rican. But that's not what Campanis saw, those who know him best insist. He simply saw the three greatest ballplayers who crossed his path during his 44 years in the Dodger organization.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 2, 1990 | HOWARD ROSENBERG
This one you didn't see on the Fox series "Cops." There he was on perhaps every newscast in the nation, as plain as a picture taken through a dirty lens, getting busted and handcuffed in a Washington hotel room by police and FBI agents who barged in as he prepared to leave. These brief excerpts, showing Washington Mayor Marion Barry getting snared in a Jan.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 8, 2001 | ELIZABETH JENSEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After eight years, the retrospectives on the Clinton White House have begun. It's unlikely that any of the current crop will provide more insider perspective than the five-part series "The Clinton Years," which begins airing on ABC News' "Nightline" tonight. In an unusual partnership designed to amortize the 40 hours of interviews, a two-hour version of the series, with a similar theme but told in different order, will air on PBS' "Frontline" on Jan. 16.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 2, 2005 | From a Times staff writer
"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.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 7, 2005 | From Associated Press
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. How the late-night news show will evolve following Koppel's departure remains a mystery.
NATIONAL
July 9, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
In his first public comments since ABC's end-run to land him in the spring, David Letterman indicated that he never had any intention of leaving CBS. Letterman, the inaugural guest on "Nightline's" new midnight companion show, "Up Close," told Ted Koppel, "In practical terms, I don't think I could ever make that move" from CBS to ABC "because I'm quite comfortable here, very comfortable here, and it would have been an enormous challenge to go anywhere, not just ABC."
ENTERTAINMENT
July 7, 2006 | From the Associated Press
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 12, 2006 | Matea Gold, Times Staff Writer
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 12, 2005 | Paul Brownfield, Times Staff Writer
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 2, 2005 | From a Times staff writer
"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.
NEWS
November 24, 2005 | Robert Lloyd, Times Staff Writer
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 22, 2005 | Scott Collins, Times Staff Writer
Ted Koppel may be leaving the building, but the journalistic soul of "Nightline" will remain intact, the show's new overseer promises. With the revamped version of the venerable ABC News program debuting next week, executive producer James Goldston told reporters Monday that the program would still deliver the substantive reporting on major public issues that viewers expected under Koppel, whose last broadcast is tonight.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 11, 2002 | ELIZABETH JENSEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The watershed moment for network news--when it was put on notice that budget concerns, not just public service, would henceforth be a priority--came in 1987 courtesy of CBS Chairman Larry Tisch. At the time, employees were blindsided by a report that Tisch planned a major reduction at the network's news division. Tisch ultimately cut 10% of its $300-million budget and a sixth of its 1,220 jobs. Echoes of 1987 reverberated through the recent revelation that ABC and parent Walt Disney Co.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 7, 2007 | Matea Gold
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 16, 2005 | Scott Collins, Times Staff Writer
As he gears up for his final "Nightline" appearance Tuesday, it's time to pay tribute to Ted Koppel, late-night funnyman. Asked last week how ABC News, his employer for the last 42 years, plans to mark his departure from the network, the anchor deadpanned, in the steady, sonorous tones that are parodied on "Saturday Night Live," that the going-away party will be "huge. Elephants. Trapeze artists. Semi-naked women. It's gonna be wild."
ENTERTAINMENT
October 18, 2005 | Scott Collins, Times Staff Writer
Following months of speculation, ABC News on Monday announced details for a revamped version of "Nightline," whose original host, Ted Koppel, will exit the program next month. Koppel will be replaced by three co-hosts, British journalist Martin Bashir and longtime correspondents Cynthia McFadden and Terry Moran, the network said. Moran, who has covered the White House, will report from Washington, as Koppel has, while Bashir and McFadden will work from a studio in New York's Times Square.
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