King's alumnus to anchor US TV news show21 Oct 2005, PR 91 The British journalist Martin Bashir has been named as a new co-host of one of America's most prestigious news shows starting next month.
Best known for his candid interviews with Princess Diana and Michael Jackson, Mr Bashir is an alumnus of King's.
He will be one of three presenters taking over from Ted Koppel, on the ABC show, Nightline - the closest thing on American network television to Newsnight. Mr Koppel, one of the last icons of excellence in broadcast journalism in the US, is retiring after 25 years.Notes to editors King's College London
King's College London is the fourth oldest university in England with more than 13,700 undergraduates and nearly 5,600 graduate students in nine schools of study based at five London campuses. It is a member of the Russell Group: a coalition of the UK's major research-based universities. The College has had 24 of its subject-areas awarded the highest rating of 5* and 5 for research quality, demonstrating excellence at an international level, and it has recently received an excellent result in its audit by the Quality Assurance Agency.
King's has a particularly distinguished reputation in the humanities, law, international relations, medicine, nursing and the sciences, and has played major role in many of the advances that have shaped modern life, such as the discovery of the structure of DNA. It is the largest centre for the education of health care professionals in Europe and is home to five Medical Research Council Centres – more than any other university.
King's is in the top group of UK universities for research earnings, with income from grants and contracts of more than £114 million, and has anannual income of more than £369 million.Further information
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