Network News Signing Off?

Source Organization: Pew Research Center

Author: Carroll Doherty

04/15/2008 - Speculation over Katie Couric's future as anchor of the CBS Evening News has raised the broader question of how long the three nightly network news broadcasts will be able to survive. A survey of journalists, released last month, found that many news professionals were skeptical about the long-term viability of the three evening broadcasts.

Among national journalists surveyed, more than four-in-ten (42%) said they expect all three nightly network broadcasts to survive for fewer than 10 years. In fact national journalists were more pessimistic about long-term prospects for the three nightly network broadcasts than they were about printed newspapers; just 17% expected that most newspapers will continue printing on paper for less than a decade.

The survey of journalists was conducted Sept. 17-Dec. 3, 2007 among 585 reporters, editors and news executives by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press and the Project for Excellence in Journalism. The national and internet journalists surveyed also gave sub-par grades to the network news shows for the quality of their coverage, rating them no better than cable outlets.

Read the complete findings Network News Signing Off? on the Pew Research Center Web site

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