'Reality Show' chronicles network shuffling
The subhead of Howard Kurtz‘s chronicle of network news intrigue “Reality Show: Inside the Last Great Television News War” is fitting in its finality: The book chronicles the past four years of anchor shuffling, starting with Brian Williams taking over for Tom Brokaw and ending with the reinvention of Katie Couric as CBS’ great hope.
But as evening news auds decline and their average age creeps north of 60, how much juice remains in the story behind the tectonic wrangling for these three anchor jobs? Kurtz told the New York Observer he set out to do a book about the “wrenching transformation after two decades of Dan, Tom and Peter.”
But that was before Bob Woodruff was injured in Iraq and Leslie Moonves hired Couric, making the period exponentially more interesting. Those elements made for a juicier end for the book and, quite possibly, the end of an era.