Ed Driscoll

WITHER CONVENTION COVERAGE? Dan Rather

WITHER CONVENTION COVERAGE? Dan Rather says:

“I think it’s inevitable that the over-the-airways broadcasters and, for that matter, many in cable either take a pass or reduce their coverage even more than we’ve seen in recent years,” Rather told the Television Critics Association this weekend.

So?

It made perfect sense for the networks to cover the Republican and Democratic conventions back when they were the only game in town. But now there are endless alternatives. The conventions will be covered by CSPAN, simulcast over the ‘Net, covered by Bloggers and other Web journalists, etc. Rather–and the networks–still don’t get that the world no longer revolves around CBS, ABC and NBC.