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** Also from 1987, another episode featured Koppel interviewing televangelists [[CreatorCouple Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker]] during the PTL scandal after Jerry Falwell, who was placed in charge following the initial Jessica Hahn sex scandal breaking, slamming the Bakkers in a press conference as the "greatest scab in the history of Christianity". This episode would go on to be the most watched broadcast of "Nightline".


Koppel retired after the November 22, 2005 episode. Afterwards, Martin Bashir, Cynthia [=McFadden=], and Terry Moran took over as the new hosts of ''Nightline'', with Bashir and [=McFadden=] initially hosting from Times Square, and Moran hosting from Washington. At that time, the show shifted to a multi-topic format, and also began to veer more towards featuring pop culture more often. However, major political stories and interviews helped sustain its viewership, continuing to beat the more comedy-oriented late-night trappings of its rivals.

''Nightline'' originally served a unique niche in news broadcasting, but by the late-2000's and TheNewTens, its relevance had begun to wane with the shift of cable news to opinion-based primetime shows with in-depth stories, and late-night talk shows took over the top spot. Initially airing at 11:35 p.m., it switched time slots with ''Series/JimmyKimmelLive'' in 2013. As of 2014, the show is hosted by Byron Pitts and Juju Chang, alternating nightly. With the coronavirus pandemic in the news, ''Nightline'' returned to its previous time slot as a temporary move, and began to pivot back towards its original concept (with Pitts even acknowledging that they were trying to do for the pandemic what the show originally did for the Iran hostage crisis).

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Koppel retired after the November 22, 2005 episode. Afterwards, Martin Bashir, Cynthia [=McFadden=], Creator/MartinBashir, Creator/CynthiaMcFadden, and Terry Moran Creator/TerryMoran took over as the new hosts of ''Nightline'', with Bashir and [=McFadden=] initially hosting from Times Square, and Moran hosting from Washington. At that time, the show shifted to a multi-topic format, and also began to veer more towards featuring pop culture more often. However, major political stories and interviews helped sustain its viewership, continuing to beat the more comedy-oriented late-night trappings of its rivals.

''Nightline'' originally served a unique niche in news broadcasting, but by the late-2000's and TheNewTens, its relevance had begun to wane with the shift of cable news to opinion-based primetime shows with in-depth stories, and late-night talk shows took over the top spot. Initially airing at 11:35 p.m., it switched time slots with ''Series/JimmyKimmelLive'' in 2013. As of 2014, the show is hosted by Byron Pitts Creator/ByronPitts and Juju Chang, Creator/JujuChang, alternating nightly. With the coronavirus pandemic in the news, ''Nightline'' returned to its previous time slot as a temporary move, and began to pivot back towards its original concept (with Pitts even acknowledging that they were trying to do for the pandemic what the show originally did for the Iran hostage crisis).


When the American embassy in Tehran and its employees were taken captive and held hostage by the Iranian government, Creator/{{ABC}} started a nightly late-night newscast, ''America Held Hostage'', in which it would do a recap of what had happened that day relating to the hostage crisis, as well as other news that could fit that wasn't able to make the evening news. For a short period it was hosted by Frank Reynolds, host of the regular nightly newscast, until it was permanently hosted by Ted Koppel.

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When the American embassy in Tehran and its employees were taken captive and held hostage by the Iranian government, Creator/{{ABC}} started a nightly late-night newscast, ''America Held Hostage'', in which it would do a recap of what had happened that day relating to the hostage crisis, as well as other news that could fit that wasn't able to make the evening news. For a short period it was hosted by Frank Reynolds, host of the regular nightly newscast, until it was permanently hosted by Ted Koppel.
Creator/TedKoppel.


''Nightline'' originally served a unique niche in news broadcasting, but by the late-2000's and TheNewTens, its relevance had begun to wane with the shift of cable news to opinion-based primetime shows with in-depth stories. Initially airing at 11:35 p.m., it switched time slots with ''Series/JimmyKimmelLive'' in 2013. As of 2014, the show is hosted by Byron Pitts and Juju Chang, alternating nightly. With the coronavirus pandemic in the news, ''Nightline'' returned to its previous time slot as a temporary move, and began to pivot back towards its original concept (with Pitts even acknowledging that they were trying to do for the pandemic what the show originally did for the Iran hostage crisis).

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''Nightline'' originally served a unique niche in news broadcasting, but by the late-2000's and TheNewTens, its relevance had begun to wane with the shift of cable news to opinion-based primetime shows with in-depth stories.stories, and late-night talk shows took over the top spot. Initially airing at 11:35 p.m., it switched time slots with ''Series/JimmyKimmelLive'' in 2013. As of 2014, the show is hosted by Byron Pitts and Juju Chang, alternating nightly. With the coronavirus pandemic in the news, ''Nightline'' returned to its previous time slot as a temporary move, and began to pivot back towards its original concept (with Pitts even acknowledging that they were trying to do for the pandemic what the show originally did for the Iran hostage crisis).


As ''America Held Hostage'' the title included the day indicating the number of days the crisis had been continuing. This kept pressure on the Carter administration to try and get the hostages freed, eventually resulting in a botched rescue attempt.

After 444 days, when the Carter administration was voted out of office, and the Iranians released the hostages just as Ronald Reagan was being inaugurated, ABC decided to keep the show around as ''Nightlne'', turning it into a newsmagazine devoted to in-depth stories on a different topic each night. This gave ABC its first late night program offering, which could then compete with Creator/{{NBC}}'s ''Series/TheTonightShow'', and later on, Creator/{{CBS}}'s ''[[Series/TheLateShowWithDavidLetterman Late Show with David Letterman]]''. The show was notably capable of competing with its comedic competitors, especially on nights with major stories.

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As ''America Held Hostage'' the title included the day indicating the number of days the crisis had been continuing. This kept pressure on the Carter administration to try and get the hostages freed, eventually resulting in a botched rescue attempt. \n\n The show was later re-titled ''Nightline''.

After 444 days, when the Carter administration was voted out of office, and the Iranians released the hostages just as Ronald Reagan was being inaugurated, ABC decided to keep the show around as ''Nightlne'', ''Nightlne'' around, turning it into a newsmagazine devoted to in-depth stories on a different topic each night. This gave ABC its first late night program offering, which could then compete with Creator/{{NBC}}'s ''Series/TheTonightShow'', and later on, Creator/{{CBS}}'s ''[[Series/TheLateShowWithDavidLetterman Late Show with David Letterman]]''. The show was notably capable of competing with holding its own against its comedic competitors, especially on nights with major stories.



''Nightline'' originally served a unique niche in news broadcasting, but by the late-2000's and TheNewTens, its relevance had begun to wane with the shift of cable news to opinion-based primetime shows with in-depth stories. Initially airing at 11:35 p.m., in 2013, the show moved to 12:35 a.m. after ''Series/JimmyKimmelLive''. As of 2014, the show is hosted by Byron Pitts and Juju Chang, alternating nightly.

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''Nightline'' originally served a unique niche in news broadcasting, but by the late-2000's and TheNewTens, its relevance had begun to wane with the shift of cable news to opinion-based primetime shows with in-depth stories. Initially airing at 11:35 p.m., it switched time slots with ''Series/JimmyKimmelLive'' in 2013, the show moved to 12:35 a.m. after ''Series/JimmyKimmelLive''. 2013. As of 2014, the show is hosted by Byron Pitts and Juju Chang, alternating nightly.
nightly. With the coronavirus pandemic in the news, ''Nightline'' returned to its previous time slot as a temporary move, and began to pivot back towards its original concept (with Pitts even acknowledging that they were trying to do for the pandemic what the show originally did for the Iran hostage crisis).


After 444 days, when the Carter administration was voted out of office, and the Iranians released the hostages just as Ronald Reagan was being inaugurated, ABC decided to keep the show around as ''Nightlne'', turning it into a newsmagazine devoted to in-depth stories on a different topic each night. This gave ABC its first late night program offering, which could then compete with Creator/{{NBC}}'s ''Series/TheTonightShow'', and later on, Creator/{{CBS}}'s ''Late Show with David Letterman''. The show was notably capable of competing with its comedic competitors, especially on nights with major stories.

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After 444 days, when the Carter administration was voted out of office, and the Iranians released the hostages just as Ronald Reagan was being inaugurated, ABC decided to keep the show around as ''Nightlne'', turning it into a newsmagazine devoted to in-depth stories on a different topic each night. This gave ABC its first late night program offering, which could then compete with Creator/{{NBC}}'s ''Series/TheTonightShow'', and later on, Creator/{{CBS}}'s ''Late ''[[Series/TheLateShowWithDavidLetterman Late Show with David Letterman''.Letterman]]''. The show was notably capable of competing with its comedic competitors, especially on nights with major stories.


After 444 days, when the Carter administration was voted out of office, and the Iranians released the hostages just as Ronald Reagan was being inaugurated, ABC decided to keep the show around as ''Nightlne'', turning it into a newsmagazine devoted to in-depth stories on a different topic each night. This gave ABC its first late night program offering, which could then compete with Creator/{{NBC}}'s ''Series/TheTonightShow'' with Johnny Carson, and later on, Creator/{{CBS}}'s ''Series/LateNight'' with David Letterman. The show was notably capable of competing with its comedic competitors, especially on nights with major stories.

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After 444 days, when the Carter administration was voted out of office, and the Iranians released the hostages just as Ronald Reagan was being inaugurated, ABC decided to keep the show around as ''Nightlne'', turning it into a newsmagazine devoted to in-depth stories on a different topic each night. This gave ABC its first late night program offering, which could then compete with Creator/{{NBC}}'s ''Series/TheTonightShow'' with Johnny Carson, ''Series/TheTonightShow'', and later on, Creator/{{CBS}}'s ''Series/LateNight'' ''Late Show with David Letterman.Letterman''. The show was notably capable of competing with its comedic competitors, especially on nights with major stories.


When the American embassy in Tehran and its employees were taken captive and held hostage by the Iranian government, Creator/{{ABC}} started a nightly newscast, ''America Held Hostage'' in which it would do a recap of what had happened that day relating to the hostage crisis, as well as other news that could fit that wasn't able to make the nightly (6 or 7 pm) national newscast. For a short period it was hosted by Frank Reynolds, host of the regular nightly newscast, until it was permanently hosted by Ted Koppel.

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When the American embassy in Tehran and its employees were taken captive and held hostage by the Iranian government, Creator/{{ABC}} started a nightly late-night newscast, ''America Held Hostage'' Hostage'', in which it would do a recap of what had happened that day relating to the hostage crisis, as well as other news that could fit that wasn't able to make the nightly (6 or 7 pm) national newscast.evening news. For a short period it was hosted by Frank Reynolds, host of the regular nightly newscast, until it was permanently hosted by Ted Koppel.



After 444 days, when the Carter administration was voted out of office, and the Iranians released the hostages just as Ronald Reagan was being inaugurated, ABC decided to keep the show around as ''Nightlne'', turning it into a newsmagazine devoted to a different topic each night. This gave ABC its first late night program offering, which could then compete with Creator/{{NBC}}'s ''Series/TheTonightShow'' with Johnny Carson, and later on, Creator/{{CBS}}'s ''Series/LateNight'' with David Letterman. The show was notably capable of competing with its comedic competitors, especially on nights with major stories.

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After 444 days, when the Carter administration was voted out of office, and the Iranians released the hostages just as Ronald Reagan was being inaugurated, ABC decided to keep the show around as ''Nightlne'', turning it into a newsmagazine devoted to in-depth stories on a different topic each night. This gave ABC its first late night program offering, which could then compete with Creator/{{NBC}}'s ''Series/TheTonightShow'' with Johnny Carson, and later on, Creator/{{CBS}}'s ''Series/LateNight'' with David Letterman. The show was notably capable of competing with its comedic competitors, especially on nights with major stories.


''Nightline'' originally served a unique niche in news broadcasting, but by the late-2000's and TheNewTens, its relevance had begun to wane with the growth of cable news. Initially airing at 11:35 p.m., in 2013, the show moved to 12:35 a.m. after ''Series/JimmyKimmelLive''. As of 2014, the show is hosted by Byron Pitts and Juju Chang, alternating nightly.

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''Nightline'' originally served a unique niche in news broadcasting, but by the late-2000's and TheNewTens, its relevance had begun to wane with the growth shift of cable news.news to opinion-based primetime shows with in-depth stories. Initially airing at 11:35 p.m., in 2013, the show moved to 12:35 a.m. after ''Series/JimmyKimmelLive''. As of 2014, the show is hosted by Byron Pitts and Juju Chang, alternating nightly.


* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: In 1996, Koppel abruptly announced that he would end his on-location broadcasts from the presidential conventions, arguing that they were now pretty much an infomercial for the candidate, since the current structure of the primaries now pretty much ensured that a candidate would clinch the nomination before the conventions.

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* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: In 1996, a 1996 episode, Koppel abruptly announced that he would end his on-location broadcasts from the presidential conventions, arguing that they were now pretty much an infomercial for the candidate, since the candidate (the current structure of the primaries now pretty much ensured guarantees that a candidate would clinch the nomination before the conventions.conventions).


* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: In 1996, Koppel abruptly announced that he would end his on-location broadcasts from the presidential conventions, arguing that they were now pretty much an infomercial.

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* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: In 1996, Koppel abruptly announced that he would end his on-location broadcasts from the presidential conventions, arguing that they were now pretty much an infomercial.infomercial for the candidate, since the current structure of the primaries now pretty much ensured that a candidate would clinch the nomination before the conventions.


Koppel retired after the November 22, 2005 episode, which featured a reairing of his 1995 interview with ALS patient Morrie Schwartz (which would go on to inspire the story of the book ''Literature/TuesdaysWithMorrie''). Afterwards, Martin Bashir, Cynthia [=McFadden=], and Terry Moran took over as the new hosts of ''Nightline'', with Bashir and [=McFadden=] initially hosting from Times Square, and Moran hosting from Washington. At that time, the show shifted to a multi-topic format, and also began to veer more towards featuring pop culture more often. However, major political stories and interviews helped sustain its viewership, continuing to beat the more comedy-oriented late-night trappings of its rivals.

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Koppel retired after the November 22, 2005 episode, which featured a reairing of his 1995 interview with ALS patient Morrie Schwartz (which would go on to inspire the story of the book ''Literature/TuesdaysWithMorrie'').episode. Afterwards, Martin Bashir, Cynthia [=McFadden=], and Terry Moran took over as the new hosts of ''Nightline'', with Bashir and [=McFadden=] initially hosting from Times Square, and Moran hosting from Washington. At that time, the show shifted to a multi-topic format, and also began to veer more towards featuring pop culture more often. However, major political stories and interviews helped sustain its viewership, continuing to beat the more comedy-oriented late-night trappings of its rivals.


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* GrandFinale: Koppel's final episode featured a reairing of his 1995 interview with ALS patient Morrie Schwartz -- which would go on to inspire the story of the book ''Literature/TuesdaysWithMorrie''.


After 444 days, when the Carter administration was voted out of office, and the Iranians released the hostages just as Ronald Reagan was being inaugurated, ABC decided to keep the show around as ''Nightlne'', turning it into a newsmagazine devoted to a different topic each night. This gave ABC its first late night program offering, which could then compete with Creator/{{NBC}}'s ''Series/TheTonightShow'' with Johnny Carson, and later on, Creator/{{CBS}}'s ''Series/LateNight'' with David Letterman.

Koppel retired after the November 22, 2005 episode, which featured a reairing of his 1995 interview with ALS patient Morrie Schwartz (which would go on to inspire the story of the book ''Literature/TuesdaysWithMorrie''). Afterwards, Martin Bashir, Cynthia McFadden, and Terry Moran took over as the new hosts of ''Nightline'', with Bashir and [=McFadden=] initially hosting from Times Square, and Moran hosting from Washington. At that time, the show shifted to a multi-topic format, and also began to veer more towards featuring pop culture more often. However, major political stories and interviews helped sustain its viewership, continuing to beat the more comedy-oriented late-night trappings of its rivals.

Initially airing at 11:35 p.m., in 2013, the show moved to 12:35 a.m. after ''Series/JimmyKimmelLive''. As of 2014, the show is hosted by Byron Pitts and Juju Chang, alternating nightly.

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After 444 days, when the Carter administration was voted out of office, and the Iranians released the hostages just as Ronald Reagan was being inaugurated, ABC decided to keep the show around as ''Nightlne'', turning it into a newsmagazine devoted to a different topic each night. This gave ABC its first late night program offering, which could then compete with Creator/{{NBC}}'s ''Series/TheTonightShow'' with Johnny Carson, and later on, Creator/{{CBS}}'s ''Series/LateNight'' with David Letterman.

Letterman. The show was notably capable of competing with its comedic competitors, especially on nights with major stories.

Koppel retired after the November 22, 2005 episode, which featured a reairing of his 1995 interview with ALS patient Morrie Schwartz (which would go on to inspire the story of the book ''Literature/TuesdaysWithMorrie''). Afterwards, Martin Bashir, Cynthia McFadden, [=McFadden=], and Terry Moran took over as the new hosts of ''Nightline'', with Bashir and [=McFadden=] initially hosting from Times Square, and Moran hosting from Washington. At that time, the show shifted to a multi-topic format, and also began to veer more towards featuring pop culture more often. However, major political stories and interviews helped sustain its viewership, continuing to beat the more comedy-oriented late-night trappings of its rivals.

''Nightline'' originally served a unique niche in news broadcasting, but by the late-2000's and TheNewTens, its relevance had begun to wane with the growth of cable news. Initially airing at 11:35 p.m., in 2013, the show moved to 12:35 a.m. after ''Series/JimmyKimmelLive''. As of 2014, the show is hosted by Byron Pitts and Juju Chang, alternating nightly.


, who remained with the show until his retirement in 2005. According to Wiki/TheOtherWiki, "It is currently anchored by Dan Harris, Byron Pitts and Juju Chang on an alternating basis."

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, who remained Koppel retired after the November 22, 2005 episode, which featured a reairing of his 1995 interview with ALS patient Morrie Schwartz (which would go on to inspire the story of the book ''Literature/TuesdaysWithMorrie''). Afterwards, Martin Bashir, Cynthia McFadden, and Terry Moran took over as the new hosts of ''Nightline'', with Bashir and [=McFadden=] initially hosting from Times Square, and Moran hosting from Washington. At that time, the show until his retirement shifted to a multi-topic format, and also began to veer more towards featuring pop culture more often. However, major political stories and interviews helped sustain its viewership, continuing to beat the more comedy-oriented late-night trappings of its rivals.

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When the American embassy in Tehran and its employees were taken captive and held hostage by the Iranian government, Creator/{{ABC}} started a nightly newscast, ''America Held Hostage'' in which it would do a recap of what had happened that day relating to the hostage crisis, as well as other news that could fit that wasn't able to make the nightly (6 or 7 pm) national newscast. For a short period it was hosted by Frank Reynolds, host of the regular nightly newscast, until it was permanently hosted by Ted Koppel, who remained with the show until his retirement in 2005. According to Wiki/TheOtherWiki, "It is currently anchored by Dan Harris, Byron Pitts and Juju Chang on an alternating basis."

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When the American embassy in Tehran and its employees were taken captive and held hostage by the Iranian government, Creator/{{ABC}} started a nightly newscast, ''America Held Hostage'' in which it would do a recap of what had happened that day relating to the hostage crisis, as well as other news that could fit that wasn't able to make the nightly (6 or 7 pm) national newscast. For a short period it was hosted by Frank Reynolds, host of the regular nightly newscast, until it was permanently hosted by Ted Koppel, who remained with the show until his retirement in 2005. According to Wiki/TheOtherWiki, "It is currently anchored by Dan Harris, Byron Pitts and Juju Chang on an alternating basis."
Koppel.



After 444 days, when the Carter administration was voted out of office, and the Iranians released the hostages just as Ronald Reagan was being inaugurated, ABC decided to keep its nightly news recap, renaming it ''Nightline''. This gave ABC its first late night program offering, which could then compete with Creator/{{NBC}}'s ''Series/TheTonightShow'' with Johnny Carson, and later on, Creator/{{CBS}}'s ''Series/LateNight'' with David Letterman.

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After 444 days, when the Carter administration was voted out of office, and the Iranians released the hostages just as Ronald Reagan was being inaugurated, ABC decided to keep its nightly news recap, renaming the show around as ''Nightlne'', turning it ''Nightline''. into a newsmagazine devoted to a different topic each night. This gave ABC its first late night program offering, which could then compete with Creator/{{NBC}}'s ''Series/TheTonightShow'' with Johnny Carson, and later on, Creator/{{CBS}}'s ''Series/LateNight'' with David Letterman.
Letterman.

, who remained with the show until his retirement in 2005. According to Wiki/TheOtherWiki, "It is currently anchored by Dan Harris, Byron Pitts and Juju Chang on an alternating basis."

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* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: In 1996, Koppel abruptly announced that he would end his on-location broadcasts from the presidential conventions, arguing that they were now pretty much an infomercial.
* VerySpecialEpisode: This was the bread-and-butter of ''Nightline'' at its peak:
** The show did a ''four hour-long'' episode in 1987, with a town hall format discussing the AIDS epidemic.
** ''America: In Black and White'' was a series of episodes discussing race relations in the U.S.
** One episode featured a live interview with Music/{{Madonna}}, focusing on her controversial music video for "[[Music/TheImmaculateCollection Justify My Love]]"
** An episode dealing with the 40th anniversary of Jackie Robinson becoming the first person of color to play in UsefulNotes/MajorLeagueBaseball led to the firing of Los Angeles Dodgers executive Al Campanis, after he argued that blacks did not have the "necessities" to act as managers.
** In an April 2004 episode, Koppel read off the names of all U.S. soldiers who had died in the war in Iraq. One major station group, Sinclair (who is known for being right-leaning in its news content) pulled the episode from its stations, arguing that they were attempting to "undermine" the war effort.

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