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Nightline Is Moving Back Uptown

Nightline’s experiment in Times Square didn’t last long. In a cost-saving (and logical) move, EP James Goldston is moving the New York studio “back uptown to the ABC News HQ and the studio in TV3.”

Placing Nightline in Times Square was Goldston’s idea last fall. (He wanted to “add pizazz.”) But “as the show has naturally evolved into a high-quality live show with a large number of taped elements, we have used the Times Square Studio space less than was originally envisioned,” Goldston said in an e-mail to ABC staffers tonight.

He said the move will make the show “logistically simpler,” adding: “It enables us to ensure that more of our resources can be devoted to maintaining and expanding the fantastic reporting we have been seeing on Nightline from all over the world.”




James Goldston’s message to staff:Since November, we have been experimenting with how best to use our studios in Washington DC and Times Square. As the show has naturally evolved into a high-quality live show with a large number of taped elements, we have used the Times Square Studio space less than was originally envisioned. Therefore, I have decided to move our New York studio from Times Square back uptown to the ABC News HQ and the studio in TV3.

This will have a number of advantages for the show. It is logistically simpler, and it enables us to ensure that more of our resources can be devoted to maintaining and expanding the fantastic reporting we have been seeing on Nightline from all over the world. The show has great momentum right now-and this move should enable us to make sure that we can continue to grow and prosper and to devote more of our resources to what we do best-telling important and compelling stories.”

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