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Olbermann Rips Koppel as 'False Priest of Objectivity'

Journalists have always exercised judgment about stories, he argues

(Newser) - A deadly serious Keith Olbermann slammed critic Ted Koppel yesterday, charging that no journalist is truly unbiased and lashing the former Nightline host as a "false priest worshiping before the false god of utter objectivity." Even journalistic lions like Walter Cronkite and Edward R. Murrow exercised "significant"... More »

Child Abuse Made Me Cheat: Jesse James

Finally, the full interview airs

(Newser) - The Jesse James interview aired on Nightline yesterday, and America finally found out why he cheated on Sandra Bullock: “Because, you know, I've basically never felt good enough for anyone” as a result of childhood abuse, he said. His father “beat my ass pretty good a bunch of... More »

ABC to Air First Videos of Jaycee Dugard

Family licenses home videos to network

(Newser) - ABC has licensed some exclusive home videos from the family of Jaycee Lee Dugard, which represent the first footage of the former abductee since her reappearance last August after 18 years. The first tapes will air tomorrow on Good Morning America, with others being held for 20/20 and Nightline, notes... More »

Leno Trounces Letterman in Return

Jimmy Fallon tops Craig Ferguson in ratings race

(Newser) - Jay Leno owned the 11:35 time slot last night, smashing both David Letterman and ABC’s combination of Nightline and Jimmy Kimmel as curious viewers tuned in to see Leno take back the Tonight Show gig. Leno scored a 5.7 rating, compared to 3.0 for Letterman, 3.... More »

Conan vs. Dave? Nightline's Beating Them Both

ABC launches ad campaign to tout its victory

(Newser) - ABC is trying to remind America that it has a show on at 11:35, too. The network is launching a campaign touting Nightline's ratings, which, since Conan O’Brien’s Tonight Show takeover, have averaged 3.459 million viewers a night. That puts it on top of both David... More »

ABC May Move Kimmel to 11:35

(Newser) - ABC is exploring the idea of moving Jimmy Kimmel's show to 11:35 later this year, in place of Nightline, so he can compete directly with Conan O'Brien, the New York Times reports. ABC denies it, and the speculation all comes from anonymous sources. But those sources say that ABC ... More »

Nightline Racks Up Ratings

Current events boost ratings into Leno's neighborhood

(Newser) - Financial and political uncertainty means big ratings for Nightline, which is enjoying its highest numbers since being reformatted in 2005, Media Life magazine reports. Despite being under virtually constant threat of cancellation, Nightline regularly outdraws Late Night With David Letterman and is closer to Jay Leno's Tonight Show than at... More »

Leno Could Doom Nightline with ABC Move

Host's retirement may set off cascade of late-night dominoes

(Newser) - These should be banner days for ABC’s Nightline, John Edwards’ confessional outlet of choice. Instead, staffers fear Jay Leno's departure from NBC will wind up costing them their jobs, the LA Times reports. ABC appears to be Leno's most likely destination after he retires next year, which would likely... More »

Ben Affleck Does Congo Essay for 'Nightline'

Actor capitalizes on celebrity for humanitarian purposes

(Newser) - "Nightline" will focus on the humanitarian crisis in the Congo with the help of an unusual correspondent—Ben Affleck. The actor took a TV crew on his recent African mission to spread the word on a story little noticed in the United States, AP reports. His motive was to... More »

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