ABC News “Nightline” is expanding its ongoing relationship with Twitter to develop “NightTline,” a new half-hour digital program hosted by the show’s anchors and correspondents that provides a forum for viewers to simultaneously discuss and debate the news of the day through the prism of Twitter. It will be available for viewing on the “Nightline” page at ABCNEWS.com, http://abcnews.go.com/Nightline/. It can also be viewed on ABC News Now, the network’s 24-hour digital channel. New, unique visualization of Twitter using Pixel touch screen technology will be employed for the first time on the site.
“Nightline” has been a pioneer in its embrace of Twitter,” said James Goldston, “Nightline’s” Executive Producer. “This new collaboration provides an ideal venue for news and Twitter enthusiasts alike.”
The first episode of “NightTline” will be broadcast on Wednesday, May 13th at 12:30pm EST. Episodes will take on the program’s popular “Face-Off” model, a live debate on issues being discussed on the national stage, which “Nightline” has made successful in its recent on air programming. This Wednesday’s show takes on the question: “Is torture ever acceptable?” Terry Moran will anchor the program. The debaters include Andrew McCarthy, a former U.S. attorney for the southern district of New York who believes waterboarding is not necessarily torture, and Matthew Alexander, who served in the Air Force for 14 years and believes waterboarding is always torture.
To date, “Nightline” and its anchors and correspondents have more than 1 million Twitter followers. “Nightline” and the program’s anchors and correspondents can be found on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/Nightline
ABC News “Nightline” airs at 11:35pm ET/PT and is anchored by Cynthia McFadden, Terry Moran, and Martin Bashir. James Goldston is the executive producer.