Martin Bashir to join NBC

Former BBC journalist leaves ABC for rival news channel.

Martin Bashir, co-anchor on ABC News' "Nightline", is leaving the broadcaster next month to join rival NBC News, where he will anchor a daily afternoon show on MSNBC and contribute to the news magazine "Dateline".

Bashir worked at ABC News for six years. He joined ABC's newsmagazine "20/20" in 2004 and became a "Nightline" co-anchor in October 2005, replacing Ted Koppel.

He was famous for his interview, "Living With Michael Jackson," which was purchased by ABC in 2003. It helped pull in 27 million prime-time viewers for the network.

Phil Griffin, the president of MSNBC, said in a statement that Bashir "fits in with what MSNBC wants to be."

In an email to staff, ABC News president David Westin confirmed that correspondent Bill Weir will join Terry Moran and Cynthia McFadden as co-anchors of the late-night program.

Weir joined ABC News in 2004 and has worked as a reporter and co-anchor of weekend show "Good Morning America."