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ABC thinking of bumping Nightline for Kimmel

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jan 29th 2009 10:04AM
Call it the start of the slow destruction of Nightline or the unwavering confidence the network has in Jimmy Kimmel. Either way, someone is getting bumped and someone is getting dumped.

It's the high school prom all over again.

The New York Times reports that ABC is considering switching Jimmy Kimmel Live with Nightline's time slot sometime before or after Conan O'Brien makes his move from Late Night to The Tonight Show. That means Kimmel would no longer be messing with the natural order of late night television. He would be a direct competitor to Conan's new show when it hits the air later this year.

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Where do you get your news?

by Jason Hughes, posted Aug 18th 2008 8:02AM
Katie CouricPew Research Center's biannual survey on how Americans get their news revealed significant shifts underway from print to new media, and even from television to the internet. But it looks like that idiot box remains our number one source for just what's going on in the world around us. The article shows the demographics to be pretty much where you'd expect them to be as far as who goes where for their news. The younger, more affluent and/or more educated you are the more likely you are to go online for your news. The older, poorer and less educated you are the more likely you are to rely on the TV.

I live in a pretty small town that's chock full of poor, uneducated people and I can assure you that most of those citizens still think of computers as that fancy technology they use in them colleges and whatnot. And the Internets, well that's where you go for sin! But the young people, who have grown up with computers and the web are more savvy than their parents and if they can afford a computer, then they're online. Most are playing World of Warcraft, but they're still on there.

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Lisa Ling joins ABC's Nightline

by Allison Waldman, posted Jul 11th 2008 8:23AM
Lisa Ling ABCIf you're a regular watcher of The Oprah Winfrey Show, you -- like me -- will recall the powerful reports created by Lisa Ling. The journalist attacks interesting stories and is intrepid and dogged in her reporting. She's found a new place to do her work. Lisa Ling is joining Nightline.

"I have wanted to work with Lisa for a long time," said James Goldston, ABC News and Nightlines' executive producer. "She is a terrific journalist with a very distinctive style that fits really well with the Nightline sensibility."

Lisa will continue with her Oprah appearances. She will also host National Geographic Ultimate Explorer.

Lisa's initial report for Nightline debuts tonight. It's a look at the growth of luxury retirement communities. If you're thinking Del Boca Vista, the Seinfeld show condominium where Jerry's parents lived, so did I.

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Reporting for Nightline from the Congo, it's ... Ben Affleck?

by Joel Keller, posted Jun 27th 2008 2:41PM
Ben Affleck in the CongoIf you tuned in to Nightline last night, you saw a report from the Congo about the political and humanitarian crisis there. But, the interesting part about it was who was reporting the story: Ben Affleck.

According to Reuters, Affleck has made three trips out to the Congo, and he contacted ABC News to see if they wanted to send a camera crew along with him. He also wrote an essay about his trips for the late-night news program's website. It's a refreshing view from Ben, whose trips to the war-torn country have mostly been under wraps.

"I view this as a long and ongoing learning experience to educate myself before making any attempt to advocate or 'speak out,'" Affleck writes. He also says that "it makes sense to be skeptical about celebrity activism. There is always the suspicion that involvement with a cause may be doing more good for the spokesman than he or she is doing for the cause."

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ABC News creating on-campus bureaus

by Erin Martell, posted May 8th 2008 3:03PM
ABC logoABC News is reaching out to younger viewers by starting on-campus bureaus at five of the nation's colleges. Set to open this fall, the bureaus will give journalism students the chance to produce broadcast and digital content for several ABC News shows and to report on local news stories. In addition to training and mentoring opportunities, core members of the team will receive annual stipends.

The first ABC News On Campus bureaus will be located at Syracuse University, Arizona State University, University of Florida, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and University of Texas at Austin. Each bureau will consist of mainly upper-class undergrads and graduate students, but all students are encouraged to submit their own ideas and suggestions for content.

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Mad Men, 30 Rock & others honored with Peabody awards

by Allison Waldman, posted Apr 2nd 2008 4:20PM
PeabodyThey most prestigious award for excellence in broadcasting -- next to the Emmys -- were announced today. The 67th Annual Peabody Awards honored Mad Men, 30 Rock, Dexter, Project Runway, The Colbert Report -- all favorites here at TV Squad -- among others. To the Peabody Award voters, I say, "Good job."

The winners, chosen by the Peabody board -- which is part of the University of Georgia's Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication -- will receive the awards on June 16 at a luncheon at New York's Waldorf Astoria. NBC News anchorman Brian Williams will be the emcee.

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TV Squad Daily with Brigitte - VIDEO

by Brigitte Dale, posted Oct 3rd 2007 5:19PM
Hey, Brigitte here with TV Squad Daily. I'll be covering the TV stories I find interesting each day, Monday through Friday, in this video blog.

Today on TV Squad Daily:
  • Don't miss your chance to own The Tonight Show's old furniture.
  • George Takei just had an asteroid named after him.
  • ABC News has a new, money-saving plan for bringing us news from far away places.
The video's embedded below, or you can subscribe to this podcast via our feed. Plus, you can also download the file directly.

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ABC News cameraman and soundman ambushed, killed in Iraq

by Meredith O'Brien, posted May 18th 2007 7:32PM

ABC News imageTwo ABC News journalists were ambushed and killed in Iraq as they were headed home from the ABC News Baghdad bureau yesterday, ABC announced.

Thirty-three-year-old cameraman Alaa Uldeen Aziz, and 26-year-old soundman Saif Laith Yousuf were in their car when they were "reportedly ambushed and they were killed by unknown assailants" after being "stopped by two cars full of gunmen," ABC's web site reported. The network's Baghdad correspondent, Terry McCarthy said, "Today we've lost two family members, and it really hurts."

One hundred and four journalists have been killed while covering the Iraq War, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists. Notably, one of ABC's anchors, Bob Woodruff, sustained serious injuries while covering Iraq in January 2006.

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ABC runs half hour infomercial for Lost

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 18th 2006 11:18AM

NightlineAnyone see Nightline last night? It was basically a commercial for Lost.

I know that the show has sorta steered away from the typical hard news that Ted Koppel used to do in almost every single episode, but this was rather odd. They were talking about the Lost phenomenon as if it was brand new and some cultural force they had to talk about. But it wasn't even that serious, it was really just a fluff piece on the show, the theories, and the web world it has spawned. An informerical for another show on the ABC network (and conveniently timed for a day before tonight's episode airs).

Not that it wasn't interesting to Lost fans. The three producers they had talking about the show (J.J. Abrams, Carleton Cuse, and Damon Lindelof) had some cool tidbits, but I don't think that at this point they're going to add any new fans. And I thought it was odd that an ABC news show would take an entire half hour to talk about their own sci-fi drama.

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