It’s only a one-shot deal, but Ted Koppel could become a more regular presence on BBC America, says executive producer Rome Hartman.
A Lancashire lad, Koppel will make his “BBC World News America” debut at 7 p.m. next Wednesday. The ABC expat will analyze the previous day’s “Super Tuesday” results, with Matt Frei anchoring.
“In the best of all worlds, Ted would be an occasional contributing analyst,” says Hartman. Wednesday “is only a one-time deal, of course, but if you’re me, you hope it turns into something more.”
Hartman, exiled EP of Katie Couric‘s “CBS Evening News,” labels Koppel as “one of the smartest, best journalists in America. If he feels like having a little fun and wants to do it again, it would be my dream come true.”
Dream on, Rome. With Koppel already senior news analyst for NPR and managing editor for the Discovery Channel, we’re guessing he’s not looking to increase his workload.
Then again, Koppel being Koppel, he might surprise us. Particularly since Tom Bettag, his EP and best bud, goes back two decades with Hartman.