Martin Bashir joins ABC’s Nightline

by Sunny, on 18th October, 2005

NightlineWhatever you thought of his interview with Michael Jackson, Bashir is here to stay, and getting bigger. Yesterday ABC News announced he was going to part of a team of three to replace Ted Koppel on Nightline. Not 100% on this, but it may be the highest such post for a British journalist, especially of Asian origin.

Martin Bashir’s notable interviews have been with Princess Diana (BBC), the five alleged to have killed Stephen Lawrence, Lord Archer and Michael Jackson (for ITV).
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10 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Mokum  |  October 18th, 2005 at 6:43 pm

    Ha ha, I love it! America is fine ground for Martin. Is he going to get a tearful Hillary to admit “there were 25 of us in this marriage”…

  • 2. rizwand  |  October 18th, 2005 at 8:33 pm

    it seems UK presenters/journo’s are going all over the place. I couldn’t believe it when I found out that Sir David Frost is off to Al-Jazeera.

  • 3. Nindy  |  October 19th, 2005 at 10:57 am

    Martin Bashir has delusions of self-importance as an intermediary between the social elite and everyday folk, like he’s a man who can appeal to both parties.
    I think he’ll suit American TV news/current afairs programme’s. It’s just so faux! And way - “like uber-way” - over the top, where they can sensationalise anything!!!
    The Americans will love him.
    They can have him too!

  • 4. Rohin  |  October 19th, 2005 at 11:22 am

    Highest post for a Brit? Higher than Richard Quest? And where does CNN anchor rank in comparison to ABC Nightline? Daljit Dhaliwal would still be the most recognisable British Asian to Americans, wouldn’t she? Although I have no idea what she’s doing now.

    Sunny can you get me a date with Monita Rajpal?

  • 5. coruja  |  October 19th, 2005 at 11:23 am

    Yes indeed, America’s gain is also ours!
    Not bad for a guy who started at the Voice so many moons ago. You can’t blame him for trying to make a living - there’s a demand for the stuff he peddles and he peddles it well.

  • 6. Sunny  |  October 19th, 2005 at 3:08 pm


    You’re in the queue behind me mate! Daljit Dhaliwal has a big persona only because she has legions of intrnet fans. But it is still a cable network where ABC’s Nightline is seen as quite flagship, as far as I can tell.

  • 7. Siddharth  |  October 19th, 2005 at 4:11 pm

    Martin Bashir? Inflated and Ego are the only two words that come to mind. I
    think Hardeep
    Singh Kohli of the Last Word is much more cuddly.

  • 8. T Nathan  |  October 23rd, 2005 at 1:12 pm

    On a side note . .

    a brief for an advertising competition is :

    ” Although he once famously told Paul McCartney that he was a lover not a fighter, Michael Jackson now finds himself with a tumultuous battle on his hands. Despite the not guilty verdict, his career and finances hang precariously in the balance. His advisors know the only hope is to resurrect the Michael Jackson brand.

    What do you think this next step should be for the Michael Jackson brand? Think about who his brand should be talking to and how best to reach them. ”

    Any Ideas ?

  • 9. A Smith  |  November 14th, 2005 at 1:06 am

    Uhh, T Nathan? That’s actually Ogilvy & Mathers grad recruitment question… As i’m sure you know.

  • 10. B.Lalo  |  December 21st, 2005 at 8:01 pm

    I have seen Mr. Bashir’s performance on Nightline here in the U.S.

    And lately, he comes off as a nervous, frieghtened little man who never smiles. Very droll and humourless when compared to Terry Moran and Cynthis Mc Fadden.

    If he is going to make it as an “anchor” here in the U.S., he has to remember that he is no longer a “news reader”. He has to show some warm personality if he expects to be accepted by U.S. audiences. Don’t get me wrong. He seems like a nice bloke and all.

    But American audiences expect more than just news reading from their anchors.

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