Will Kimmel Replace ‘Nightline,’ Go Up Against Conan?

The New York Times is reporting that Jimmy Kimmel’s late-night comedy show may be moving from midnight to the 11:35 time slot, which now is home to the venerable news show "Nightline." The move would allow Kimmel to compete directly with NBC’s Conan O’Brien, host of NBC’s "The Tonight Show."   No ABC executives would […]

Last Updated: January 29, 2009 @ 7:10 AM

The New York Times is reporting that Jimmy Kimmel’s late-night comedy show may be moving from midnight to the 11:35 time slot, which now is home to the venerable news show "Nightline." The move would allow Kimmel to compete directly with NBC’s Conan O’Brien, host of NBC’s "The Tonight Show."

 

No ABC executives would admit to knowing of a plan to make a late-night change. Anne Sweeney, the president of the Disney-ABC Television Group, strongly denied that moving Mr. Kimmel was in the works, and Kimmel and his agent declined to comment.

As a late-night news program, "Nightline" is unique among the networks, and if Kimmel did replace “Nightline,” it would be a blow to ABC’s news side and a boon to the network’s Entertainment Division. ABC Entertainment has long wanted to be more competitive with CBS and NBC, whose late-night hours belong to their entertainment divisions.

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