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Martin Bashir leaves ABC's 'Nightline,' joins MSNBC and NBC's 'Dateline'

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Martin Bashir is decamping from ABC News’ Nightline for a spot with NBC News, where he’ll helm an afternoon show on MSNBC and contribute to Dateline, according to the Washington Post. Bashir has been anchoring Nightline since October 2005 and is most famous for his pre-Nightline chat with Michael Jackson in 2003, which was a sensational, ratings-grabbing special with the King of Pop. “I am absolutely delighted to be joining MSNBC and NBC,” Bashir said in a statement about the move. “This is a rare and special opportunity—to host a daily news and current affairs show and also work on long-form journalism both at MSNBC and with Dateline. This is an enormous privilege and I cannot wait to get started.” Bill Weir, a ABC News vet since 2004 who has worked as a reporter and co-anchor of weekend Good Morning America, will replace Bashir on Nightline.

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