With Katie Couric leaving CBS nightly news in a few months, and talk of a replacement, thought Bernie Goldberg had an interesting article about the new “guy” and nightly news in general. It makes one wonder if this is an idea that has come and gone?
“An Idea Whose Time Has Come — and Gone”
Quote from the article:
And then there’s the biggest problem of all for the new CBS anchor – and for all the others. Network evening newscasts are an idea whose time has come – and gone. They made sense 40 or 50 years ago, before cable television and the Internet. Back then, if you wanted to see national and world news on TV you had to be in front of your television set at dinner time. If you weren’t there, you didn’t see Walter Cronite or Huntley and Brinkley. It was your loss.
Now, you can get the news at seven in the evening or two in the afternoon or noon or four in the morning. And you can get it on television or on your cell phone or on your computer or on your underpants. It’s everywhere all day long. Once, Cronkite was the most trusted person in America. Does anybody really think Brian Williams or Diane Sawyer is the most trusted person in America today? Or to put it another way: the network evening news isn’t that big a deal anymore.