HOWARD KURTZ SAYS TROUBLED TIMES FOR NETWORK NEWS:
The audience is shrinking — and graying — because of changing lifestyles and more media choices. Older folks who came of age in the pre-cable era are accustomed to tuning in for news at 6:30. Most younger people never acquired that habit, are still working at that hour or are just plain less interested in news, surveys show. A growing number get their information online, essentially becoming their own editors.
You got it, Howard. We’re sick of being talked down to, biased reporting, and/or simplification. In an era of a dozen different cable news, sports and financial channels, of hundreds of news and opinion Web sites, and Weblogs customized to a unlimited myriad of personal tastes, the big three networks’ evening news (and PBS’s as well) are done. As Ken Bode, a former NBC correspondent who teaches at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism says in Kurtz’s article, “When Brokaw, Jennings and Rather retire, it is a perfect time for these corporations to decide their newscasts are no longer worth it.” He adds, “Unless something dramatic happens, inevitably, the network newscasts are gone.”