News-Docu Emmys to honor Koppel

Anchor spent 40 years at ABC News

Veteran newsman Ted Koppel will receive a lifetime achievement award at the News and Documentary Emmys on Sept. 24.

Koppel spent more than 40 years as an ABC News correspondent and anchor, mostly notably of latenight program “Nightline.” More recently, he has set up shop as a docu host and producer for Discovery Channel.

Previous recipients of the lifetime achievement Emmy include PBS’ Bill Moyers and NBC anchor Tom Brokaw; when Koppel was asked about the award, he noted wryly, “There comes a point in everyone’s career in this business that eventually they get awards for having gotten awards. I hope it’s something more than that.”

Asked about the next generation of newscasters, Koppel said, “They’re young guys, and in another 10-15 years, they won’t be anymore, and another generation will have grown up with this generation of viewers, and that’s fine. You will never again have the day of Walter Cronkite. Never again, but not because there aren’t people out there who are competent. Now, the three networks who control the universe of television news are just the most prominent, among 300 or 3,000, if you include the Internet.”

Koppel covered the Iranian hostage crisis on the program that evolved into “Nightline” in 1980. He anchored the program until exiting ABC in 2005. He’s now managing editor of Discovery Channel and host-exec producer of the program “Koppel on Discovery.”

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