Tuesday, November 23, 2004

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Drudge Report has posted that Dan Rather will step down as anchor of CBS Evening News in March of 2005. Probably a series of things led to this.

  • Memogate-Rather and CBS will disavow this but the memogate scandal has taken its toll on the organization. Rather had egg on his face. He did his best to discredit and embarrass the president of the United States and got caught at it.
  • His age-Rather has been there 24 years. He is no longer a young man. He probably knew that the writing was on the wall when Brokaw announced that he was stepping down and Brian Williams was taking his place. The face of television is that of a younger face. Rather can no longer compete, leading to...
  • Sagging ratings-The cable nets and the expansion of new media have eroded network evening news ratings. Rather, Brokaw, Jennings just do not put up the numbers that they used to. It is probably a wise idea that Rather is stepping down now.

So all of this is leading to the changing face of evening news. In the next four months, 2 of the 3 network anchors will be gone. Wonder whats going on in Jennings mind right now?

More later.