Broadcasting & Cable offers some details as to the future of “Nightline“:
“In addition to [Bob] Woodruff, a number of ABC News stalwarts, including George Stephanopoulos, Terry Moran, Chris Bury, John Donvan and Jake Tapper have surfaced as part of a rotating anchor cast. One idea being bandied about is to do away with the traditional anchor format altogether and go with something more akin to 60 Minutes, where a cadre of high-profile correspondents each introduce their own pieces.”
“‘We can’t just move into a post-Koppel era by simply putting a new person in the anchor chair,’ says Nightline executive producer Tom Bettag, who plans to go out the door with Koppel. ‘I was at CBS when we did that, going from Cronkite to Rather, and it can just be disastrous if you don’t shape the show to fit who the talent is going to be.’”
While B&C says that the long-term locale of the show is up-in-the-air, from what we hear, the ABC D.C. crew made a convincing case that Nightline should stay in D.C.
Details of the overall show are coming together too. Stay tuned…