- The Washington Times - Friday, March 17, 2006

David L. Cohen, the executive vice president of the cable company Comcast, shares his two cents at the Poynter Forum about whether CNN is laying the groundwork for the firing of Larry King.

Speculates Cohen: “[A]s one who has spent his adult life either working in television news or being paid to analyze the comings and goings, it appears — somewhat obviously — that the CNN chiefs are seeding the rumor mills in preparation of dumping King and putting someone more demographically acceptable into the time slot.”

Now, I’m no great fan of King’s show, but I’m instantly skeptical of the assumption that a media outlet can automatically change its demographic fortunes by dint of a younger, “hipper” staff. At some point talent and content become irreducible necessities at any news organization.

Thought experiment: Is National Public Radio’s “Morning Edition” any “faster-paced” without Bob Edwards?

Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC. Click here for reprint permission.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times is switching its third-party commenting system from Disqus to Spot.IM. You will need to either create an account with Spot.im or if you wish to use your Disqus account look under the Conversation for the link "Have a Disqus Account?". Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.

 

Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide