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XXXXX DRUDGE REPORT XXXXX SUN APRIL 17, 2005 17:39:00 ET XXXXX

ABCNEWS TESTS 'NIGHTCLUB' TO REPLACE 'NIGHTLINE'

In recent weeks, the news division at ABC has recorded several test programs to fill the NIGHTLINE spot at its Times Square studios -- one of which featured a nightclub setting with white tablecloths, candles and faux fog!

Anchor Ted Koppel announced last month he would be leaving latenight NIGHTLINE and the network in December. Koppel's departure gives ABCNEWS president David Westin something he desperately wants -- the opportunity to put on a program at 11:35 p.m. that might appeal to more viewers, some of them younger.

The NEW YORK TIMES on Monday plans to detail the bizarre 'News Cabaret' pilot shot in Gotham. Reporter Jacques Steinberg plans to quote Westin, newsroom sources tell DRUDGE: "You're not going to see a smoke machine."

Developing Late...

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