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Elizabeth Vargas spoke in a taped segment with George Stephanopoulos that aired on Friday morning's "Good Morning America." It's quite good and worth watching, although I'm sure a few viewers gulped hard, looked in the mirror and said to themselves afterward..."Um, what about me?"
Vargas deserves a lot of credit for doing this -- it took guts, and is obviously an embarrassing subject. She gets remarkably confessional and even offers a general solution for those looking to break the habit.
What's missing are perhaps a few essential details: Exactly how much and how often. (She says on some occasion "up to four glasses" of wine.) Plus, did she actually become drunk, and what sort of behavioral changes ensued?
Also, most people can't afford rehab -- solutions for them? And this: The media is constantly telling viewers about the "health benefits" of wine -- the message, in other words, remains very much mixed.
Nevertheless, good for Vargas.
Following the death yesterday of Nelson Mandela, the networks are just now setting a weekend of tributes and retrospectives. First up, CBS News will air “Nelson Mandela: Father of a Nation,” a one-hour "48 HOURS PRESENTS." And ABC just announced a Robin Roberts/David Muir-anchored special tonight at 10, titled "Nelson Mandela: A Man Who Changed the World."
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Not to cause any trouble - because of course I'd never do that - but who else was intrigued by Robin Roberts' off-handed comment to Sam Champion on this morning's "GMA" that his impending departure "sets an example for all of us?"
Meaningless, probably, and Robin Roberts certainly isn't going anywhere. She is the franchise though Champion's exit will and has...Read more »
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.