Milestones Dec. 5, 2005

RETIRED. TED KOPPEL, 65, as the veteran anchor of ABC's Nightline, three years after the network's embarrassingly public attempt to bring in David Letterman to take over his time slot; in Washington. Since 1980, when the half-hour show was launched, Koppel has made Nightline a lively, aggressive examination of the news. Down-playing his exit, he ended his last broadcast by asking viewers to give his successors a chance or else, he said with a jab at ABC, "I promise you the network will just put another comedy show in this time slot. Then you'll be sorry."

DIED. CHRIS WHITLEY, 45, innovative...

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