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Tuesday, 19 April 2005



Veteran newsman Sam Donaldson said Tuesday that broadcast network news is "dead." "I say to network news departments: Find something new to do," Mr. Donaldson said during a session at the National Association of Broadcasters convention in Las Vegas.

AD Age:

Here’s a modest proposal: Eliminate broadcast network news -- and finance a nightly national “idea fest” on PBS.


Taking the best reporters, producers and other talent from the three legacy newscasts alone would make for great programming. Imagine if you added a nightly critique, by both liberal and conservative commentators, of the newscast. Sure, toss in the dutiful Jim Lehrer and his respectful commentariat. But give “Wonkette” Ana Marie Cox a half-hour as well. You could end up with a three-hour block of time that educates and juices millions of viewers.

Are you on board, Sam?

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