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Ted Koppel and Lisa Ling: Trading Places

*"Nightline" icon Ted Koppel joins BBC America's newscast and "Nightline" hires former "The View" co-host Lisa Ling. What could be more perfect?

Less than 24 hours after BBCA announced Koppel had joined its newscast, ABC's late night news show announced Ling would contribute a series of reports for the show.

Lisa Ling (Courtesy of National Geographic)

Not to worry; Ling will continue to be a special correspondent for Oprah Winfrey's show. In the past, Ling has covered the crisis of AIDS orphans in Uganda and bride burning in India.
But for her debut on "Nightline," Ling will expose the astronomical growth of retirement age people in America and the shockingly rapid growth of luxury retirement communities to meet the growing demand. She will travel to two high-end retirement living complexes in the wilds of Northern California, where she gets residents to open up about the heartbreaking challenges they face in their older years despite being surrounded by millions of dollars of amenities, the toll of losing a spouse, the desire to live independently, the fear of loneliness. And she will give us a rare glimpse into the often humorous old-people take on pop culture today.

"She's a terrific journalist with a very distinctive style that fits really well with the 'Nightline' sensibility," the show's exec producer, James Goldston, said in today's announcement.

Koppel left "Nightline" in late '05 citing new pressures from the network to emphasize entertainment and tabloid fare and the audience fragmentation behind that economic pressure -- pressures he reiterated on Day 1 of Summer TV Press Tour 2008.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  July 9, 2008; 5:22 PM ET
Categories:  Summer TV Press Tour 2008  
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Nightline is now the Today Show?

Posted by: milevin | July 10, 2008 2:55 PM | Report abuse

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