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Ted Koppel Joins Brian Williams' 'Rock Center'

by Crystal Bell, posted Oct 13th 2011 4:00PM
Legendary journalist Ted Koppel is joining Brian Williams' new NBC primetime newsmagazine 'Rock Center' as a special corespondent.

"A pioneer of broadcast journalism, Ted has touched every major news event spanning nearly 5 decades," Steve Capus, president of NBC News, said in a statement. "And not only does he bring a tremendous amount of experience to the broadcast, he is a tireless advocate for quality journalism, and is one of our profession's premiere storytellers."

Williams added, "My goal has been to make 'Rock Center' the Cooperstown of our craft. Ted is a consensus Hall of Famer, joining the best team of men and women on the air today. While his place in the history of television journalism is already established, his work here is just beginning."

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Bill O'Reilly Challenges Ted Koppel To Point Out When He's Lied (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Nov 16th 2010 5:43PM
In a much circulated op-ed piece published in the Washington Post, former 'Nightline' host Ted Koppel bemoaned the death of "objective" journalism, and criticizing partisan cable news channels Fox News and MSNBC as "not good for the republic."

Bill O'Reilly was one of a group cable news personalities Koppel called out in the article. O'Reilly's response to Koppel, which he delivered on 'The Factor' (weekdays, 8 PM ET on Fox News) was actually fairly measured, and at times even complimentary. But he did issue Koppel a challenge:

"Koppel names me and a bunch of other people, and said look, these guys are just lying, they're just making up facts," O'Reilly complained.

"(Koppel) couldn't give examples of me lying on the air, using an opinion not based on facts. He couldn't do it. And if he could he ought to come on here and do it and then he'd shut me up for good.

To be fair, Koppel never used the word "lying" in his op-ed. And, surely, Koppel could find examples of O'Reilly -- or anyone else who has been doing what O'Reilly's job for as long as O'Reilly's been doing it -- issuing an opinion that isn't totally "based on facts." Regardless, we'd still like to see Mr. Koppel take a seat in the No Spin Zone.

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Ted Koppel may return to ABC to host This Week

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jan 7th 2010 8:42PM
Thank God for the Internet. If that headline had been spoken on the radio or a TV news show, it would have sounded like some bizarre Abbott and Costello routine.

"Did you hear that Ted Koppel may be hosting This Week on ABC?"

"Really, what show?


"I sure want to know the name of the show he'll be hosting on ABC."

"Well I just thought I'd tell you."

"Well I just thought I'd ask."

"Ask me what?"

"I don't know."


[via TV Week]

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NBC settles on David Gregory for Meet the Press

by Allison Waldman, posted Dec 8th 2008 9:57AM
MTP GregoryThey passed the torch on NBC yesterday. After weeks of speculation, it wasn't either Ted Koppel or Rachel Maddow that received the choice assignment. Nope. It's David Gregory who'll take over Meet the Press -- effective immediately. On Sunday morning's broadcast, interim host and NBC anchorman emeritus Tom Brokaw made it official by officially letting the world know it was a done deal by presenting Gregory on air.

Apparently, some at NBC were miffed that this information was leaked last week, spoiling the big surprise today, but really, there wasn't much suspense. Joel wrote about it. The selection of David Gregory is a safe, solid and somewhat staid choice.

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Hmmm ... will Ted Koppel take over Meet The Press?

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 25th 2008 4:43PM
Ted KoppelWhen Tim Russert passed away earlier this year, the talk of course turned to the topic of who would take over for him on NBC's long-running Sunday news show Meet The Press. Tom Brokaw has been doing the show for several weeks now, but could former Nightline host Ted Koppel be the new guy in the interviewing chair?

Koppel has announced that he and The Discovery Channel have parted ways. He still had six months left on his contract but decided to leave. This is all just speculation at this time, of course, but since he's leaving Discovery early and the end of the year is upon us, it's interesting timing.

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The Daily Show: June 26, 2008 - VIDEOS

by Annie Wu, posted Jun 27th 2008 12:23PM
Jon Stewart"George W. Bush: Still President": Despite President Bush's initial refusal to negotiate with baddies, he has decided to take back what he said about North Korea. That's a flip-flop, sir! So, no more Axis of Evil? Just Gaggle of Douchebags? It's more childish phrasing from Bush, just like the magic wand he likes to talk about when facing high oil prices. Oh, and Barack Obama likes to... use... that... too... Great.

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The Daily Show: June 24, 2008 - VIDEOS

by Annie Wu, posted Jun 25th 2008 12:02PM
Jon Stewart"Indecision 2008": In an incredibly awkward blunder, one of John McCain's top advisers, Charlie Black, told Fortune magazine that another terrorist attack on America would be "a big advantage" to McCain. Also, the assassination of Benazir Bhutto apparently saved McCain's struggling campaign back in December. Dude. There is no way to fix the sense that your campaign thrives on death and destruction, apart from some panicked back-pedaling and angry refusal by the candidate himself. Jon Stewart broke down the situation in simple mathematic terms and -- Ahh, nevermind.

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The Daily Show: October 3, 2007

by Annie Wu, posted Oct 4th 2007 11:43AM
Ted KoppelAfter last night's interview with Chris Matthews, I suppose Jon felt the need to reiterate the fact that he just disagrees with the "life is a campaign" thought. The self-deprecating jokes were a nice touch, kind of a sweet gesture to Matthews to show that Jon is an equal opportunity mocker.

"Private Benjamins": Rob Riggle stopped by to share his script, Dark Liquid, which is alarmingly close to the state of Blackwater right now. This was okay, I suppose. I did quite like the idea of being able to shoot blood diamonds and wear panda fur, though. The historical clip was kind of, sort of funny, but I was mainly distracted by how poorly done it was. Was there no professional graphic designer on hand? Come on!

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The Daily Show: May 3, 2007

by Annie Wu, posted May 4th 2007 7:45PM
Jon StewartSorry for the late post, folks, but it's Finals week and I'm up to my eyeballs in anxiety. Jon Stewart doesn't have to deal with Finals and work in a studio until 5:00 AM. All he has to do is produce, write, and present a show four days a week. Lazy bastard.

Anyway, Hillary Clinton is making the entertainment show rounds, side-by-side with Britney "Hey, y'all! There are flowers on my boobies!" Spears. It was disturbing to see her act giddy about shoes... I mean, I know she's a woman and all, but... she's Hillary Clinton. "Oh, my God. Hillary Clinton is running as Cathy."

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The Daily Show: November 15, 2006

by Annie Wu, posted Nov 17th 2006 12:43AM
Jon Stewart"Jack in the Box": Correspondent Jason Jones talked about how Jack Abramoff is going to fare in minimum security prison. Ho-hum. Let's get to the good stuff...

"Drown Syndrome": Waterboarding! CNN's Rick "OMG Taser Me!" Sanchez didn't even touch it. The folks over at FOX News tried to give it a go, but it kind of sucked. Senior Interrogation Correspondent Rob Riggle (listed as "Rob", heh) investigated the waterboarding issue from a new angle, in the position of the guy with the black mask and bucket of water. Best line: Regarding the waterboardee... "I lured this guy with a fake Craigslist ad."

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Ted Koppel to become New York Times Op-Ed Columnist - BREAKING NEWS

by Joel Keller, posted Jan 12th 2006 12:46PM
Ted Koppel to become a New York Times columnistTed Koppel's post-ABC career is in full swing. First he and his old Nightline producer signed a deal with the Discovery Channel. Now comes word, via Rachel Sklar at Mediabistro's FishbowlNY blog, that Koppel will also become a contributor to the Op-Ed page of The New York Times. He joins the über-influential family of Times columnists that include Maureen Dowd, Thomas Friedman, and Frank Rich, and his occasional contributions will start on January 29. It's starting to look like leaving ABC might have been the best thing that Koppel's ever done, isn't it?

[via FishbowlNY]

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Ted Koppel joining Discovery Channel

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Jan 5th 2006 8:05AM
Ted KoppelTed Koppel has found a new home. The former Nightline anchor, along with eight of that program's old staff members, have teamed with The Discovery Channel to produce documentaries and other news specials. Koppel left Nightline back in November after 25 years, but he plans to continue pursuing his passion for news by covering global topics as well as producing other programming similar to what he's done in the past. Koppel was also in talks with HBO but stayed away because of it's association with entertainment and not news. Koppel said he wanted to produce some great programming at Discovery, because at ABC, only "about five percent [of Nightline episodes per year] were truly great." Koppel will be working on six programs a year for Discovery and we can expect the first one near the end of Summer 2006. I support this and all because I think it's great that he wants to keep on truckin', but does anyone actually watch The Discovery Channel other than pausing to watch the open-heart surgery while channel surfing?

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