02/28/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

ABC May Put "Kimmel' In "Nightline" Slot

ABC's television entertainment division has held discussions about moving its late-night comedy star Jimmy Kimmel to the 11:35 time period now occupied by the ABC News program "Nightline" to compete directly with Conan O'Brien, the incoming host of NBC's powerhouse "The Tonight Show."

ABC executives, including members of the news division, disavowed knowledge of any plan to make a late-night change, saying that no such action was being pursued. Anne Sweeney, the president of the Disney-ABC Television Group, said that any such conversations were speculative and strongly denied that moving Mr. Kimmel was in anyone's plans at the network. Mr. Kimmel and his agent declined to comment.