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TED KOPPEL'S CHANCE TO TOOT HIS OWN HORN IN PRINT

Hard to believe now, but there once was a time when the idea of a regularly scheduled network news program following the late local news was considered radical. Roone Arledge and his fellow ABC News executives for years had wanted to grab the time period, and when they finally did, it was to be only for the duration of the Iran hostage crisis. The show (which started covering other stories as the crisis dragged on) was just 15 minutes long at first. It later expanded to a bloated hour for one year before settling into the current half-hour interview-plus-analysis format that,...

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