CBS may outsource its reporting

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Signs of the changing media times… CBS News, home of broadcast legends like Edward R. Murrow, Walter Cronkite and Dan Rather, may farm out its reporting to CNN.

According to a report in the New York Times:

Over the last decade, CNN has held intermittent talks with both ABC News and CBS News about various joint ventures. But during the last several months, talks with CBS have been revived and lately intensified, according to the executives who asked for anonymity because of the confidential nature of the negotiations.

Broadly speaking, the executives described conversations about reducing CBS’s news-gathering capacity while keeping its frontline personalities, like Katie Couric, the CBS Evening News anchor, and paying a fee to CNN to buy the cable network’s news feeds.

[Continue reading CBS Considering CNN]

One always laments the loss of another voice in the news. However, the three major networks have lost their dominance and become so similar in their editorial coverage as to be virtually indistinguishable.

Compare ABC/CBS/NBC news to coverage on 24-hour news networks CNN/FOX/MSNBC. As much as people lament the “conservative” bias of FOX, the “liberal bias” of CNN and the “even more liberal” bias of MSNBC, the 24-hour networks provide a much wider array of facts and viewpoints than their traditional forefathers.

At this stage of the game, one wonders if CBS will even been missed.

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2 Responses to “CBS may outsource its reporting”


  1. 1 hotoffthepress April 8, 2008 at 10:27 am

    On this subject, I designed a new new CBS-CNN logo.

  2. 2 carlcaceres April 8, 2008 at 10:47 pm

    This is yet another example of the field of communication needing to adapt in order to keep up with the changing times. As broadcast journalism continues to decline it is clear that this medium of communication needs to be revamped to survive. The proposed partership between CBS and CNN seems to be an effective way to accomplish this task. Tom Rosenstiel’s report titled “The State of the News Media,” indicates that this proposed diversification is exactly what the industry needs to do to survive. New revenues for CNN and cutting costs for CBS makes this proposal look like a win-win situation for both sides. However, CBS and CNN have not followed through on similar proposals in the past and it is uncertain whether this time will be any different. The changing times of communication may almost force these organizations to cooperate and work together this time.


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