TV News' 10 Most Powerful

10 Most Powerful

It is time for the annual drumroll, tah-dah and to-do as TelevisionWeek unveils its list of the 10 Most Powerful People in TV News.

With the roster comes the annual asterisk signifying that while it is painstakingly assembled, the selection and ranking process is both earnest and admittedly unscientific.

To extensive research, add backstage drama and gossip that had us tinkering and rethinking until past deadline last week, thanks to a barrage of headlines about CBS News and Katie Couric and a dribble-down-the-chin-juicy New York Times Magazine profile of MSNBC’s tin-eared Chris Matthews, who has everyone talking about him—and not in a good way.

  • TV News' 10 Most Powerful You’ll see that we have taken advantage of the political Zeitgeist to add a little more shock value than usual at the end. While most of the news players listed here are very familiar, it’s some of their key players who are new to our spotlight. ...

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  • RTNDA Aims to Cross All Platforms When the Radio-Television News Directors Association kicks off its annual conference in Las Vegas this week, the themes will be similar to those at the National Association of Broadcasters convention next door. ...
  • New Goals for a High-Tech News Market When newsroom consultant Steve Safran visits a television station, one of the first questions he asks news directors and general managers is: If you were to design your business today, would it look the way it does now?...

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  • Osgood Adds NAB Award To His Resume In addition to his broadcast career that began more than 50 years ago, Charles Osgood is a poet, a musician, the narrator of the hit animated feature “Horton Hears a Who!”—and now can add recipient of the NAB Distinguished Service Award to his long list of accomplishments....
  • Making a Smooth Transition Not many people know this, but Osgood is not Charles Osgood’s last name. His given name is Charles Osgood Wood III, but he became known as Charles Osgood at the beginning of his broadcast career in the 1950s because there was a Charles Woods who also worked at Washington radio station WGMS. ....
  • Walking With the Giants When veteran broadcaster Charles Osgood receives the National Association of Broadcasters’ Distinguished Service Award today in Las Vegas, he will become the latest in a long line of luminaries to receive the honor, which was first handed out in 1953, 30 years after the organization was founded. ...

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