According to The Hollywood Reporter, Ted Koppel and nine other Nightline veterans are joining Discovery Communications to produce exclusive long-form programming for the Discovery Channel examining major global topics and events, the cable juggernaut said Wednesday.

Under the multiyear deal, Koppel will host the programming and function as managing editor at the Discovery Channel, the company said. He is joined by his long-time executive producer Tom Bettag and eight former Nightline staff members. Koppel and Bettag will report directly to Billy Campbell, president, Discovery Networks U.S.

The first program is scheduled to air in the fall.