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TV News in Transition
Thursday, April 6, 2006 @ 5:00 pm EDT
No aspect of television has changed more decisively in recent years than its news programming. The proliferation of news channels, the passing of the last generation of news anchors bred in the era of the broadcast networks, the appearance of partisan outlets such as Fox News, the fragmentation of the audience, the relative indifference of the digital generation to television news programming of any sort – these powerful and perhaps disturbing changes will be among the topics discussed at this Forum. Our speakers have extensive first-hand experience of the recent history of television journalism.
Juju Chang has worked in television news since 1991 as a producer and on-air correspondent. She is currently based in New York as a correspondent for ABC’s 20/20.
Neal Shapiro joined NBC News in 1993 after 13 years as a producer and executive at ABC News. At NBC he served as director of news operations of MSNBC where he helped to shape its cable programming and its innovative web site. He was named president of NBC News in 2001, a post he held until September, 2005.
Moderator: Stuart N. Brotman is a visiting scholar in Comparative Media Studies at MIT. Previously, he was president and CEO of The Museum of Television & Radio. An attorney, Brotman is the author of several books, including Communications Law and Practice, now in its 20th printing.