Former CBS correspondent Bill McLaughlin has suggested that the problems with the CBS Evening News may not be solvable so long as Katie Couric remains as its anchor and managing editor. In an interview with today's (Tuesday) Philadelphia Inquirer, McLaughlin, now an associate professor of communications at Quinnipiac University in Connecticut, said that the news program is filled with problems, "all of them named Katie." He suggested that from the outset it was being molded to her image. He predicted that under newly appointed executive producer Rick Kaplan, "they'll stop futzing around with these light, cheery, frilly pieces she pushed through. The American public wants a hard-news show." McLaughlin's comments were roundly scored by CBS News spokeswoman Sandy Genelius, who called them "absurd, inaccurate and uniformed ... from someone who apparently hasn't watched the broadcast in quite some time and who hasn't worked in network news in decades." However, Brian Montopoli, who edits CBS's own news blog, Public Eye, commented Monday that Kaplan's appointment "signaled a change in the direction of the Evening News." He added, "It is probably fair to say that the collective hope at CBS is that the show does get 'harder.' But there remains a fair amount of skepticism within the organization about whether that will really happen."




13/03/2007