I just read an article in the Wall Street Journal considering the future of Nightline. I remember the origins of that show, during the Iran Hostage Crisis. In the beginning, the nightly show would even give the count of days since the hostages had been taken.
I remember the first time they strayed from Iran and covered some other breaking news. It was sharp, learned and the only show of its kind in that pre-cable age.
Now, the article says, ABC might be trying to kill off the show.
I usually get to see the first minute or two before leaving work. Though thoroughly associated with Ted Koppel, he’s not there too often. Now, I understand why.
$10,000,000! I’m in the wrong busine… Oh, hold on. Same business. Never mind. And, with all due respect to Mr. Koppel whom I consider a gift to television journalism – grueling? Please!
I’m not sure if Nightline could make it today as a live show. We had longer attention spans twenty years ago. There was less competition.
Sometimes good things just outlive their usefulness. It will be a shame when that happens to Nightline, because it was so special.