Skip to comments.Can anything save ABC News from extinction? (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)
Posted on 09/10/2010 6:58:44 AM PDT by abb
Forget, for a moment, that ABC News is in disarray.
Forget, too, that the network news business is regarded as a dinosaur. Forget, finally, that ABC News's chief rival, NBC, has a lead over CBS and ABC that brings to mind Secretariat at the Belmont Stakes.
Now, I have the audacity to ask: Can anything save ABC News from extinction?
Right now -- and for the foreseeable future -- the smart answer would be a curt "no."
The question took on deeper resonance Monday night when David Westin announced his plans to step down after running ABC News for nearly 14 years. Read about Westin's departure.
ABC News, a division of Walt Disney Co. (NYSE:DIS) , looks like a mess. It has sliced about 25% of its staff in recent years. Daring moves to install George Stephanopoulos at "Good Morning America" and Christiane Amanpour on "This Week" were applauded by critics. But neither has really put a scare into network news pacesetter NBC News.
(Full disclosure: I thought both of those decisions were sound at the time; now, I'm having some doubts.)
Disney will be calling the shots when it comes to the future of ABC News. The parent has kept "Nightline" intact, despite strong rumors over the years that the parent lusted after Jay Leno and others to compete against NBC and CBS on equal, entertainment late-night footing.
"I suspect Disney would like to see a hybrid news division that is either partnered with a cable channel to handle its newsgathering chores -- Bloomberg does not really fit this bill since it doesn't really do what ABC's bureaus and costly staff do -- or more closely linked with its owned stations to try spreading the costs around that way," a former TV news executive told me.
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Oh..not to worry comrade .
Dear leader would never let a Marxist news outlet fail.
You should be more worried about FOX.
Who cares. Nothing but lies and liars in the Network news anyway.
“Can anything save ABC News from extinction?”
I sincerely hope not.
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GEEZ I hope not!
Oh I hope not!
Good riddance, Commie mouthpiece MSM.
Go right. Espouse more conservative views.
They, of course, would rather die than take the cure.
Isn’t ABC composed of nothing more than those filthy humans who consume a disproportionate amount of the worlds energy and food? We are supposed to supported filthy humans that consume and reproduce and subsidize them? I don’t think this fits with Al Gore’s plan. I think the environmentally responsible response would be to kill them off fast to save the planet. Just sayin.
The one thing that would have a chance to save them would be like Madalyn Murray O'Hair carrying a Bible.
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Here’s a suggestion:Start Doing investigative Reporting On This Administration And Stop Being One Of It’s Many LAPDOGS?The head of ABC News(just stepped down)was identified as a”Friend”of POTUS!
Doubtful, as long as the network newsies continue to be more infomercial for drug companies, big business, and political persuasions than actual news agencies.
they could try that Naked News format they had in Canada a few years ago where the headlines are read by a disrobing stripper. (Please, Gawd....NOT Christiane Amanpour!!!!)
Especially the critics who hope for ABC's extinction.
("Daring" moves!" Doesn't the drama of that expression send tingles up your leg!)
"I thought both of those decisions were sound at the time; now, I'm having some doubts."
You're in over your head, Jon. See if you can find another job...maybe mopping floors? checking the tags when people bring junk to landfills? Something like that.
As long as there is a network, there will be network news...as long as the programming attracks viewers and generates revenue, there will be a network.
If you read Bernie Goldberg’s books “Bias” and “Arrogance,”
you’ll know that this is another case of a rat leaving a sinking ship.
And, it appears, that the Old Grey Lady will soon me owned by Mexican Carlos Slim. That should be the final nail in that bitch’s coffin.
Good riddance to them all.