- The Washington Times - Sunday, August 15, 2004

No longer out ‘Late ‘

Craig Kilborn is leaving late night television.

The former “Daily Show” standout has quit “The Late, Late Show,” the nocturnal chat fest he’s anchored since 1999, Newsday reports.

Mr. Kilborn, who made his announcement in Variety, will complete just two more weeks of new shows. Repeats will follow for a spell, but no replacement for the snarky host has been named.

“It was easily the greatest job I’ve had, and CBS was very generous in their offer to re-sign me, but I simply want to try something new,” Mr. Kilborn told Variety.

Techno ‘Kimmel’

Late-night host Jimmy Kimmel may not get the same attention as his rivals over at NBC and CBS, but he’s savvy enough to embrace technology for a boost.

ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” has started a new music downloading schedule, which lets viewers sample the music played on the show via the Web.

The show is teaming up with Sony Electronics and Sony Connect to present a series of televised outdoor concerts, and will offer them through secure downloads.

Funk rocker Lenny Kravitz kicked off the “broadcast to download program” last week with his “Kimmel” appearance.

“Jimmy Kimmel Live” will present at least 22 concerts through year’s end on the show’s Walkman Stage.

Viewers may purchase the live song recordings following each taped performance for 99 cents per song on the Internet at www.connect.com and www.abc.com.

Performers slated to visit Mr. Kimmel’s stage in the near future include rap artist Houston and the band Incubus.

“This is especially great for viewers who love the music, but dislike me,” Mr. Kimmel says.

Compiled by Christian Toto from staff and wire reports.

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