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Katie Couric, one of the more celebrated broadcasters of the past 20 years, will forsake broadcast news in 2014 when she joins Yahoo as "global anchor." But because her syndicated show is expected to end next year as well maybe it's time now to consider this possibility: Is broadcasting about to forsake Couric?
Her five-year run on "CBS Evening News," which ended in 2011, was considered a disappointment. Her ongoing role at ABC News has largely been invisible. Her talk show -- better than anyone has ever given it credit for, which can actually be a liability in daytime -- has also been a washout, ratings-wise.
If this was baseball, that would add up to three strikes. This isn't baseball even though the outcome could turn out to be the same: Three strikes. Adios.
Then, there's the other way of looking at this. Couric is deepening her ties with one of the Internet's most important destinations, under vigorous new leadership. Chief executive Marissa Mayer, a web pioneer and recent arrival from Google, wants to revive this still-potent brand with fresh talent and energy. At the very least, the future here looks interesting.
The future of broadcasting looks interesting, too, with broad viewership declines, and franchise programs and legacy networks fighting for every warm body. Those bodies are harder to find because they have their noses buried in the mobile devices where they'll soon be able to see a new "global anchor" for Yahoo.
"Joining Yahoo," said Couric in a statement, "offers a tremendous opportunity to reach people all around the world in the way that they're using and consuming media today."
What else would you expect her to say? Except . . . she's right.
One of the media's most unique efforts at bringing back that terrible day in history, fifty years ago, is on-going right now - at CBSNews.com, which is streaming its coverage of the day. It's a remarkable time capsule, and a must-watch for anyone who cares to go back to remember - and experience - that long ago moment:
Meanwhile, here are the times to watch this web streaming event... And speaking of television and what this all meant that day, here's a post from earlier today.
Day 1 - [9hrs. 45min. 23sec.] Start time: 1:40PM - End time 11:24PM
Day 2 - [15hrs. 01min. 20 sec.] Start time: 8:00AM - End time 11:02PM
Day 3 - [14hrs. 21min. 26.sec.] Start time: 9:00AM - End time 11: 22PM
Day 4 - [15hrs. 38min. 23sec.] Start time: 8:00AM - End time 11:38PM
If you check out the below posted new season "American Idol" promotional sizzle reel -- or whatever they're calling these things nowadays -- you will be among the first people in the solar system to have seen it. Go ahead... click away...
I rather like it. This is one of those teases that tells you absolutely nothing about the new season, but offers its own loopy perspective...Read more »
"Girls" -- third season, Jan. 12, HBO -- has a new season promotion, and it doesn't indicate nearly as much self-absorption as you might imagine! But check it out now.
And Newsday app readers... please head on over to Newsday.com/tvzone for a little more of Hannah and her sisters.
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Too much TV coverage of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy . . . or too little? There is (after all) a lot: For example, The History Channel's "JFK Assassination: The Definitive Guide" and "Lee Harvey Oswald: 48 Hours to Live," tonight competing with Tom Brokaw's "Where Were You: The Day JFK Died."
TV will break today for a moment of...Read more »
Walter Cronkite, November 22, 1963:..."Some thirty-eight minutes ago..."
Yes, "Glee' has been planning a Billy Joel tribute for months, but suddenly it's here — as in "tonight" here....
Joel spoke to Jay Bobbin — for a story posted on Zap2it Thursday morning — saying this:
"Honestly, I've never seen the show. I'm one of those guys who watches the History Channel, and I watch news and I watch documentaries... but I'm very happy...Read more »
On the eve of his momentous transition from 12:30 to 11:30, Jimmy Fallon is about to get plenty of attention, and it begins Dec. 21, with his second-time host stint on "Saturday Night Live." Justin Timberlake is musical guest, and you already know about the long and memorable Fallon/Timberlake association. (Oh, and Kings of Leon is musical guest on the 14th.)
Here's the line from...Read more »
Did you know there's an award that comes with People's Sexiest Man Alive, and that it's not exactly an Oscar statue but (well) a mirror, and that Adam Levine received his grand prize last night on "Jimmy Kimmel Live?" Of course you knew all this.
Meanwhile, the clip, and Newsday app readers, please go to Newsday.com/TVzone to watch Adam explain why, in fact, he is the sexiest man...Read more »
A live telecast of "The Sound of Music" on Dec. 5 will originate from Bethpage's Grumman Studios -- "Birthplace of Apollo Lunar Modules that landed men on the moon, from July 20, 1969, to Dec. 11, 1972," as the historic marker on Grumman Road explains. But for some reason, NBC and Grumman have been reluctant to confirm the venue, most likely to keep the gawkers and professional...Read more »