Longtime Nightline correspondent Terry Moran has been named ABC News chief foreign correspondent and will relocate to London. The announcement came Wednesday from ABC News president Ben Sherwood who noted Moran's "exceptional range" as a reporter.
"He is equally adept interviewing a confessed hit man in one of Mexico's most notorious gangs as he is breaking down some of the most complex Supreme Court decisions," Sherwood wrote in an email to ABC News staffers.
The post begins later this summer. Moran first joined ABC News in 1997 after covering the double murder trial of Lyle and Erik Menendez for Court TV. He was named ABC News White House correspondent in 1999 and was among the original anchors of a re-imagined Nightline in the wake of Ted Koppel's departure. But the show lost its prominent platform in January when ABC Entertainment finally moved Jimmy Kimmel into the 11:35 p.m. weeknight slot. And an inevitable ratings decline has accompanied Nightline's move to 12:35 a.m.
Moran's move to London comes at a time of growing uncertainty in Europe and continued instability across the Middle East. In making the announcement, Sherwood invoked the legacy of late ABC News anchor Peter Jennings, who had a particular interest and expertise in the political nuances of the latter region.
"International reporting has long been a hallmark of ABC News and a part of Peter Jennings’ legacy here," Sherwood wrote. "I look forward to Terry taking his signature voice to all corners of the globe for ABC News."