Please choose a link on the right hand side.

note: some links are off-site, a new browser window will be launched

 

 

Reprinted from January 30'th piece in London's Financial Times newspaper by media critic Tyler Brule, who said that Colleen should be one of the "dream" anchors on US network television.

Watching Jennings report from Baghdad, I couldn't help but think that ABC should make the first move and return World News Tonight to the successful three-city formula it used in the early 1980s, with Jennings based in London, Frank Reynolds reading the news from Washington and Max Robinson sitting in Chicago. Perhaps it would now make more sense to do it from New York, Los Angeles and London but it would be a shame to see CBS beat ABC at its own game.

The greater challenge is who should replace all the veterans? Recently installed Brian Williams at NBC still looks a bit overwhelmed by the whole thing, Peter looks a tad lonely in the rather spare ABC studio and stand-in John Roberts hardly seems up for the job of replacing Rather. For some reason all of the US networks bought into an idea in the early 1990s that advances in both medicine and plastic surgery would allow their star newsreaders to live forever and they would not have to concern themselves with grooming a line of successors. Sadly for network executives, medical technology hasn't moved as quickly as they anticipated and there are few obvious contenders ready to make the move from field to anchor desk.
If ABC fails to switch back to a multi-city format first, Moonves should drop the Couric and Stewart idea and build a dream team with CBC's Peter Mansbridge anchoring from New York, CNN's Colleen McEdwards sitting in Los Angeles and CNN's Christiane Amanpour live from various international hot-spots.