Nightline (or ABC News Nightline) is a late-night news program broadcast by ABC in the United States with a franchised formula to other networks and stations elsewhere in the world.
It is currently anchored by Dan Harris, Byron Pitts and Juju Chang on an alternating basis. In 2002, Nightline was ranked 23rd on TV Guide's 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time.
Through a video-sharing agreement with the BBC, Nightline also repackages some of the BBC's output for an American audience.
In 1986, the program featured interviews with the Philippines' first female president, Corazon Aquino, and outgoing president Ferdinand Marcos, the latter of which tried to defend the extravagant lifestyle (including the extensive shoe collection) of his wife Imelda during the country's economic hardship.
In an interview with Nightline in 1987, Colorado Democratic senator and 1988 presidential candidate Gary Hart admitted to having cheated on his wife, Lee Ludwig, with Donna Rice, in the aftermath of an exposé in the Miami Herald that revealed the affair, leading to his withdrawal from the presidential election.
Examples of this were the deaths of John Lennon (1980) and Yasser Arafat (2004).
Other important series were "America: In Black and White" and "A Matter of Choice." Nightline held a series of town hall meetings; some of the more important ones include the Israeli-Palestinian Town Meeting in 1987, one with Nelson Mandela on June 21, 1990, and one discussing the War in Iraq in 2003.It was not until a few days later that a producer had the idea of displaying the number of days on America Held Hostage (e.g., Day 15, Day 50, Day 150, etc.).At the end of the hostage crisis in 1981 (after 444 days), the program – which had been retitled the previous year as Nightline – had entrenched itself on ABC's programming schedule, and made Koppel a national figure.Segments from Nightline are also shown in a condensed form on ABC's overnight news program World News Now.There is also a version of Nightline for sister cable channel Fusion.At that time, the show was called The Iran Crisis–America Held Hostage: Day "xxx", where xxx represented each day that Iranians held the occupants of the U. Shortly after its creation, Reynolds stopped hosting the program.