How Did ABC News’ Nick Watt Finagle His Own Travel Channel Show?

ABC News correspondent Nick Watt‘s new Travel Channel show Watt’s World premieres Tuesday with back-to-back episodes at 10 p.m. ET. The Emmy-award  has traveled to nearly 90 different countries while either traveling with his parents or reporting for Good Morning America and Nightline. Watt’s World takes him to the weirdest and most fascinating places, asking unique questions to locals.

Watt asks things like, why do Albanians hang stuffed animals outside their homes? Are the French really that rude? And is cuddling the newest profession in Portland? We give him a taste of his own medicine in 5 Questions.

TVNewser: You’re a correspondent for ABC News, so how did you finagle your own Travel Channel show?

Watt: I’m not entirely sure how this happened. For a start, my boss James Goldston didn’t throw me out of his office when I came in with the idea for a show that would see me stay the weekend with weird people. He’s pretty open-minded. That idea gradually morphed into traveling around the world to places I’ve always wanted to go. For example, I’ve wanted to visit Albania ever since I was a kid and saw the strange little mushroom bunkers dotted all over the then-Communist country. But I’d never found anyone else who would go with me, until now. It helps that ABC News now has its own production company, Lincoln Square, that is now producing shows for other channels.

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