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Tom Bettag joins ‘Rock Center’

Tom Bettag is the latest hire at NBC’s “Rock Center with Brian Williams.” Bettag, who spent much of his 40 years in TV news working with Ted Koppel — recently named special correspondent for “Rock Center” — will be a segment producer on the show.

Bettag worked with Koppel at ABC News on “Nightline” and later for “Koppel on Discovery”

The award-winning Bettag is also a past executive producer of “The CBS Evening News” and mostly recently helmed CNN’s “State of the Union with Candy Crowley.”

“Tom Bettag has one of the best reputations in television news,” said Rome Hartman, executive producer of “Rock Center.” “You can’t work in network television news without knowing the work — or the legacy of Tom Bettag,” adds Brian Williams.

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Former Nightline EP Gets Top Job on Candy Crowley’s Show

tombettag_2-12.jpgFirst on TVNewser: Tom Bettag, the former EP of Nightline during the Ted Koppel days is joining CNN as Senior EP of “State of the Union with Candy Crowley.”

Michelle Jaconi, who had been EP of SOTU with John King is going with King to the 7pmET slot when that begins later this month.

As ABC News began its search for a replacement for George Stephanopoulos on “This Week,” Koppel was considered. Bettag was also in talks to join ABC, but not as EP of a Koppel-hosted “This Week.”

> More: Press release after the jump. “Adding such a renowned producer as Tom to CNN’s lineup further reflects the network’s commitment to serious journalism,” says CNN DC SVP David Bohrman.

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Ted Koppel Not Heading to “This Week”

B&C’s Marisa Guthrie reports talks to bring former “Nightline” anchor Ted Koppel back to ABC News as moderator of “This Week” have ended without an offer. According to multiple sources, the main problem was leaked information surrounding his potential hire. Koppel’s desire to bring long-time producer Tom Bettag with him was also a sticking point.

Ted Koppel and Discovery “Dissolve Relationship”

Koppel_11.25.jpgFormer ABC News man Ted Koppel and Discovery Communications “have reached an amicable agreement to dissolve their relationship.” The move comes six months before the three-year contract was set to expire.

Koppel joined Discovery Channel in January, 2006 as Managing Editor. He brought with him long-time Nightline EP Tom Bettag, as well as eight other producers and staffers.

Koppel on Discovery, as it was called, covered a wide range of topics, including the acclaimed series on China, The People’s Republic of Capitalism. One of Koppel’s producers, John Alexander, died in China while on that assignment.

During the election, Koppel was a regular contributor to BBC America. He’s also a senior analyst with NPR.

Says Koppel in a press release, “Producing our kind of news-related programs is an expensive proposition. It has long been clear that neither of us is interested in an extension of the current contract. We leave with gratitude for the professional opportunities we’ve been given and for the generosity with which we’ve been treated.”

The press release is after the jump…

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