- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 27, 2005

As 2005 draws to a close and 2006 draws near,many media questions need answering in the new year:

Can Brian Williams keep the “NBC Nightly News” on top …

Or will ABC’s new Elizabeth Vargas/Bob Woodruff tandem cause him to drop?

And how long will Bob Schieffer hold CBS’ anchor desk?

No one is saying, but big money is on Katie Couric to be next.

Ted Koppel stepped off the “Nightline” after a career sublime,

How long before the trio that replaced him start fighting for airtime?

Fox News kept its lead in the cable-news race,

But CNN and the rest are coming, just ask Nancy Grace.

And if you call Ms. Grace, please do it slyly,

Lest you interrupt the shouting between Keith Olbermann and Bill O’Reilly.

Dwindling news ratings hurt the media like a sorely stubbed toe,

And Jon Stewart’s always ready with salt for the wound on “The Daily Show.”

Can David Letterman catch Jay Leno and does anyone care?

The answer appears to be “No,” unless Oprah’s in the guest chair.

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