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1/06/2006 7:00 PM Eastern

Koppel Signs On With Discovery Channel

Silver Spring, Md. — Ted Koppel (pictured) is in the Discovery Communications Inc. camp.

Through a multiyear deal, Koppel, a 42-year veteran of ABC News best known as the original host of late-night news-analysis show Nightline — on which he ended his 25-year run last November — will serve as managing editor at Discovery Channel and has committed to producing at least six long-form shows per year examining major global topics and events.

In tow are executive producer Tom Bettag and eight other Nightline staffers, all of whom will be part of a production unit serving Discovery Networks U.S.’s various domestic services.

USDTV Heads East with Va. Rollout

Las VegasU.S. Digital Television Inc., the no-frills wireless digital-TV service, will launch in its first East Coast market, Norfolk-Hampton Roads, Va., this spring, officials said last Thursday at the 2006 International Consumer Electronics Show here.

The rollout will be the fifth market for USDTV, which offers about 30 broadcast and cable channels for $19.95 per month. The service is already up and running in Las Vegas; Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas; Albuquerque, N.M.; and Salt Lake City.

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