Koppel to ‘This Week’ Would be Smart Move

Not long ago I opined that CNN should try to bring a little gravitas to the channel by hiring Ted Koppel. Apparently the wrong network got the memo.

Politico is reporting that ABC News is in discussions with Koppel about a deal that would bring the “Nightline” veteran back to take a role in hosting “This Week,” while leaving room to develop an eventual replacement.

It would be a particularly shrewd move. Koppel remains the best interviewer in the business, and he did terrific work for the Discovery Channel since leaving ABC. Bringing him in would command instant credibility not only with newsmakers but an older audience, which is pretty much what dominates in the Sunday-morning discussion race.

I’ve never been a fan of ABC’s revamped “Nightline,” despite its ratings inroads since “The Tonight Show” shifted to Conan O’Brien. But I’ve always thought that ABC News Prez David Westin is a smart guy; this would certainly prove that.

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  1. W says:

    At first, it seemed short-term to me. Koppel turns 70 next month, so it didn’t feel like a move built for the long haul. But then again, the Sawyer/Gibson “short-term fix” to GMA lasted over ten years for Diane. If Koppel were to stay on This Week for just six years, that would cover two presidential elections and should be enough time to find and groom the next host. Plus, Bob Schieffer turns 73 next month and is still going strong.

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