Last year we noted the 50th anniversary of the JFK assassination. By many, that was the zenith of network news in terms of public service, given the means available to provide that service.
There was a long term effect on TV news, local stations included; it marked the first significant use of network news by WGHP, for example.
Within the last few days, there has been another anniversary. This one marks the silliest antics of network TV news,ever, to this point.
Early that morning I heard that John Kennedy jr 's aircraft had gone missing. At that point, I knew he was gone, and, few details would be made public for quite some time..
I rarely turned on a TV at work, but that morning I did, for the purpose of watch a live event, which I wished to see. What I got was four fawning females gushing over 3 or 4 photos of John-John Kennedy. The same 3 or 4, over and over as he had not been a big newsmaker.
That went on, and on, and on. They had nothing to say, as there was nothing to say. I turned the set back on every hour or so, and found the same nothing.
Ok...............for 35 years, I had only been barely aware that JFK,jr existed. For days I asked around as to why his plane disappearance and probable demise rated wall to wall network news coverage.
I never got an answer.
I don't think I will now.
If one were to look at the reasons for the demise of broadcast network news, one would need to look in a lot of places. But, 15 years ago, all went silly, and, maybe never stopped.
There's more. I wanted to know what happened with John-John that morning. By the time there was information, network news had moved on. I never did find out much from them..