Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Network News Is "Dead"

During a National Association of Broadcasters panel discussion, former ABC News reporter/anchor Sam Donaldson said he believes the death knell has sounded for network news operations. The cable networks and internet news outlets have shown tremendous growth at broadcasters' expense. Other panelists, Jeff Greenfield from CNN and Charles Osgood of CBS, disagreed that net news is dying, but could not deny the new-found dominance of other media outlets. It's obvious that, when given a choice, the average viewer looks to FOXNews, CNN or other news outlets above the big three networks. The writing's on the wall, and Sam Donaldson sees it.