Ted Koppel plans to leave ABC December 4. The “Nightline” anchor has been with the network for 42 years.
“Ted and I have discussed a number of options under which he might have remained at ‘Nightline’ or in some other capacity at ABC News, but Ted believes this is the right time for him to leave,” said ABC News president David Westin.
“As much as I will regret his leaving, he is firm in his conviction and I respect his decision.”
ABC tried to replace Nightline three years ago with David Letterman, but the late night host decided to stay with CBS.
His executive producer, Tom Bettag, will also be leaving.
ABC has not announced if it will continue with or replace Nightline.