In the video posted above they also seem to make out that Norah O’Donnell is the first woman to anchor the CBS Evening News solely. Didn’t Katie Couric do that or were they referencing the managing editor/lead political anchor aspect of her role?
I do feel quite sorry for Glor, seemed to be quite a public appeal for him to remain at the network and certainly comes across as this was all done behind his back.
It's very strange, CBS has a habit of reinventing the wheel, and constantly changing and shifting their focus. The programme is 3rd because it's never recovered from the Killian documents scandal nor has it ever settled - and when it does (under Couric and Co, maybe not as successfully, and certainly with Scott Pelley) they change and change everything.
Maybe they need to forget Walter Cronkite and his day and focus on the present day, this obsession with the past seems to be their biggest issue (when do they NOT mention Cronkite in an anchor shuffle, or in a history item?).
You compare it to the UK, maybe they need to stop pumping so much of their brand into the personalities that front it and make the programmes stand in their own right.
I have to say, I've never agreed with how TV news in the US focuses so intensely on the personalities fronting it, as opposed to the actual news itself. I suppose, as you touch upon, it comes from the Walter Cronkite effect. Would I be right in thinking that Cronkite is one of very few newscasters (if not the only one) to be (at least somewhat) well-known outside of their home country?
I suppose a lot of this is an extension of the seemingly very bombastic, very sensational, very tabloidy nature of TV news in America, which, to me, often comes across as much more concerned with its own image than actually reporting the news. Surely, as Ted Turner put it when launching CNN, the news is the star?
Incidentally, whilst this may be going off topic from CBS somewhat, I read this (excellent, IMO) Vanity Fair article
not long ago about the Brian Williams scandal that engulfed NBC News back in 2015, as well as the whole Ann Curry saga - well worth a read if you haven't done so already. It paints a picture of NBC as a whole being a very competitive, stressful environment; in particular, Williams is said in the article to be a lightweight and an egomaniac, who was allegedly angling for his own late-night talk show.
Deborah Turness, meanwhile, was reportedly considered to have been very much out of her depth whilst in charge of NBC News: some interesting tidbits are her hiring of a fairly small-time ESPN producer, Jamie Horowitz, to fix the
show: his grand plan for the show was to sack all of the on-air team, except for Hoda Kotb and possibly Al Roker (even Matt Lauer wasn't safe); her ideas to 'improve'
Meet the Press,
which included introducing a live audience and celebrity guests, and her inexperience with the way presenter talent works in America, where the heavyweights all have the best agents and publicists and are earning mega, mega-bucks - contrast this to here, where, at ITV News under Turness, reportedly only one news anchor was on the equivalent of a million dollars a year (almost certainly Sir Trev, I'd have thought).
Actually, I think I've almost summarised the article, there
- still, as I said, it's well worth a read. I mention all this because I think it gives a fascinating insight into how cut-throat the competition is between - and within - the big networks in the States, and, going back to CBS, perhaps why all this business with Jeff Glor has gone on.
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