Wednesday, August 09, 2006


I keep on harping about how TV news sucks and how much that guys hate the business and so on, and I know all of you are sick and tired of reading about it. Especially you folks in the news business; you must think I must be an idiot.

Honestly, I happen to like TV news, most of the time. As someone who's had a chance to do news stories for TV I can say that I'd probably want to do TV news forever, so long as I got a chance to cover the right stories. The only problem is with all the crazy nonsense that goes on with the rest of this business. Turns people like me right off.

I'm really fed up with all the senseless firings and boneheaded programming decisions at these news channels. Here in Canada we had so many TV newsroom closings and layoffs in the past 12 months that it has been a bad joke. Morale is in the sink. Now people are walking the plank south of the border, too. No one is safe these days, not even for the big names.

For instance, Mika Brzezinski of CBS News was considered a rising star at the network, a contender for Dan's chair, bla bla bla. And now Katie has arrived, and the chickens have come home to roost. Mika can't get her stories on the air because the new people in charge all apparently hate her guts. So she has quit in complete frustration. Life sucks for Mika Brzezinski.

And Daryn Kagan who anchored the morning newscasts over at CNN is being fired. The network is dumping her on the street at the end of her contract, and she was there twelve years. That's yet another CNN veteran getting the can; the can is pretty full already.

Kagan says she is launching her new website and that she is going to do something revolutionary: cover "good news", and quit harping on all that bad news that is going on in the world.

When you look at it, I think this could be a final parting shot by Kagan at CNN. CNN is increasingly becoming the "bad news network". Whenever some war breaks out in the Middle East or some terrible disaster happens, CNN is there to cover it and give it full saturation coverage. And so is the Master of Disaster, Anderson Cooper. Have any of you read that book of his? Boy, what a miserable life he's had, with all the deaths in his family. Apparently he's going to go back to New Orleans to rehash Katrina and depress the audience again. Should be nice "rest and relaxation" from getting shot at in the Middle East. No wonder his hair is white.

And no wonder Daryn Kagan is leaving: they don't want anyone interested in covering fun stories at CNN these days at all! She can't fit in with the news agenda over there, it's all bad news! You know what's next, folks, Kagan's going to end up at Fox News with Bill Hemmer, and Rudi Bakhtiar, and Greta Van Susteren, and "Hurricane" Steve Harrigan, and Major Garrett and all the rest of the fun crowd over there. All these CNN refugees. Mark my words, it'll happen.

On a side note Fox News newsbabe Jane Skinner is married to the new NFL commissioner. Just something worth knowing.

1 comment:

Classic said...

_I miss those days when CNN had more than one daylong boring program. Such as their late Sunday Morning NFL halfhour show. Now it's just Situation/Cooper 22/7 save for Larry King Live or per weekends: In the Money.