Anyone's guess at CBS

Given the recent exits of Tom Brokaw and Dan Rather and the death of Peter Jennings, one would think that some network news poobah would take this opportunity to redefine and re-vamp the aging nightly newscast format that is steadily losing market share. How many working people are home at 6:30 each evening anyway?

It looks like NBC, with Brian Williams at the helm, and ABC, which has not named a Jennings successor, are planning on sticking with the status quo. We're not sure what's up at CBS, where veteran Bob Schieffer has temporarily replaced Rather but has announced his intention to retire in the near future. My guess is that the network is just spitballing ideas right now, but here's today's New York Times piece on possible plans for a different CBS Evening News. What's up at CBS

Nobody's asking or paying me to come up with a solution, but I'd ditch the early evening newscast and opt to counterprogram in prime time with a half-hour show anchored by a strong personality that would focus on the most important story of the day.
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