Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Waking Up Serious Instead of Silly

George Stephanopoulos

Not that I watch morning teevee, but I like George a great deal, have gotten to like Charlie Gibson, and have never liked Diane Sawyer (she worked in the Nixon White House). I shall miss Charlie.

ABC News hopes that its anchor shakeup will help close its ratings gap with NBC News, but new faces are not necessarily a guarantee of success: the anointment of Katie Couric as the first solo female network anchor has not budged CBS’s evening news out of a distant third place.

Despite ever-dwindling audiences, network news programs cling to established formula and cookie-cutter formats. Changes in personnel don’t radically alter the program, but personality does have an effect on its content.

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