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Koppel's Closing Warning

In case you missed it, here were Ted Koppel's closing remarks last night as he exited "Nightline" after a quarter century.

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"Trust me, the transition from one anchor to another is not that big a deal," said Koppel. "[Walter] Cronkite begat [Dan] Rather, [John] Chancellor begat [Tom] Brokaw, [Frank] Reynolds begat [Peter] Jennings. And each of them did a pretty fair job in his own right.

"You've always been very nice to me, so give this new anchor team for 'Nightline' a fair break. If you don't, I promise you, the network will just put another comedy show in this time slot," said Koppel.

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Nice light touch, but Koppel made a serious point about the trumping over entertainment values over news values at the network level and the power of the almighty dollar. And he knows of what he speaks. Let's not forget that only a few years ago, ABC did its best to woo David Letterman to take over Koppel's "Nightline" spot.
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