TCA: Larry King On CNN's Woes, State of TV News
The iconic host, who now has a talk show on Hulu, says his former network's neutral approach is a "difficult problem"
By Andrea Morabito -- Broadcasting & Cable, 7/31/2012 8:55:16 PM
"The problem they face in this vituperative media society is on the left they have MSNBC, on the right they have Fox, and so what do they do trying to be in the middle?" King said at the TCA press tour here Tuesday. "If I were put in charge of programming at CNN, I don't know what I'd do."
King, who said he watches CNN and MSNBC regularly and a bit of Fox News in addition to reading five to six newspapers daily, praised CNN primetime hosts Erin Burnett, Anderson Cooper and his replacement Piers Morgan.
"It's certainly very comfortable viewing," he said. "But in today's era of what's going on in this volatile media approach when you turn on Fox or MSNBC... it's very hard to be in the middle. I think it's a difficult problem."
Asked whether or not TV news is better off today than when he first started his career in broadcasting more than 50 years ago, King said he wasn't so sure.
"What we have now is more information readily available, but are we better served with 500 outlets? A lot of what now is get it on rather than get it right," he said. "The Murrows are few and far between."
King was at TCA to promote his new Ora.TV talk show Larry King Now, which is streaming on Hulu. He said he is again "doing what I love to do best" with the launch of the new show, and while he doesn't consider himself a technophile, he enjoys working with a new media platform.
"It's amazing all the things available to me. It makes me feel young again," he said.
While King says the setting of his new show, which shot the first few episodes in the trophy room of his Beverly Hills home (it will move to a studio in Glendale), is more comfortable than his old CNN set, the booking process for guests hasn't changed much.
Early guests have included actress Betty White, writer/producer Seth MacFarlane and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, and King says "we haven't had any turn-downs [from potential guests] because it's the Internet."
Larry said a lot, without saying anything. He was great at broadcast entertainment. I listened to him as a 7th grader in Florida while he was doing his national radio broadcast from KDKA. Yes, there is FOX NEWS, obvious for what it is. Yes, there is MSNBC, obvious, for what it is. Then, there is CNN, proclaiming to be everything to all, and it IS NOT so obvious. CNN, admittedly like others, it's a business, after all, " wants to claim the high ground via it's ground beef menu of girls and boys in sweaters, or thru having strange names (Wolfe), chewing up lines via teleprompter. That's great. But, is CNN taking a middle ground because they are purist journalists. Or doing it so that can have access to the advertising profits of both left and right, while pretending to stand for both? Larry King is no Murrow, no David Brinkley, no Walter Cronkite. Fact is, most everyone at CNN are middle level TV journalists, cute in a sweater or shirt and tie, or hasn't shaved for 20 years. Journalism, to the public, and the business, is more serious than that. CNN is exactly like FOX and MSNBC. They stumbled into a big file of money, and want it split three ways -- to the left, to the right, and the muddling middle ground. To pretend to be anything than any of those three are, is a delusion. Sadly, you can't depend on any one of them. You're on your own.
Michael Dillin - 8/16/2012 8:43:25 PM EDT
No related content found.
No Top Articles
Digital Rapids provides market-leading software and hardware solutions, technology and expertise for transforming live and on-demand video to reach wider audiences on the latest viewing platforms more efficiently, more effectively and more profitably. Empowering applications from..more