Koppel Not Headed to ‘This Week’

By Andrew Gauthier 

Broadcasting & Cable

Ted Koppel will not be making a return to ABC News–at least not as George Stephanopoulos‘ successor on This Week.

According to multiple sources, talks to bring the former Nightline anchor back to the network as the host of the Sunday program have ended without an offer. Koppel was among several people network executives have been in discussions with about replacing Stephanopoulos, who left to replace Diane Sawyer on Good Morning America.


Sources say that ABC News President David Westin believed Koppel’s camp had leaked reports of the talks. Westin was overheard complaining that it was a pattern that had made negotiations with Koppel difficult in 2005 when ABC News was in talks with him about re-formatting Nightline, the program he founded as a nightly update on the Iran hostage crisis.

Earlier this month, Politico reported that Koppel had been offered a one-year, $1 million deal More…