The network evening news broadcast is about half a century old.Â And going back at least to the early days of cable news in the 1980s, media watchers have said those stately old news anchors and their half-hour digests were on their way out.
But revenues still add up to hundreds of millions of dollars a year. A white male anchor still dominates the rating. And CBS has put a woman behind the anchor desk --a very expensive one by the name of Katie Couric.
Yet, all the networks face tough competition from cable and the Internet.Â The big three are losing viewers -- some dramatically.
Listen to an On Point discussion about the future of network news.
Are you still sitting down at 6:30 every evening to catch the CBS, ABC or NBC nightly news?Â What have those programs have that CNN, Fox, and the Internet donâ€™t?Â