Changing Channels: Troubling Times for Cable News


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    Cable news is losing viewers.  Even Fox News, which tops the ratings week after week, saw a 12% drop in daily viewers in July. But CNN’s ratings are even worse, dropping 43% last month.  The original 24-hour news channel is struggling to compete with its more opinionated counterparts, Fox and MSNBC.  Also, Larry King, who’s been with CNN for over 25 years, recently announced his plans to retire this fall.  Can CNN remake itself and will viewers return?   It has a new prime-time politics show that is co-hosted by former Democratic New York  Governor Eliot Spitzer and conservative columnist Kathleen Parker.  What is the future of cable news?   We’ll talk with New York Times television reporter BRIAN STELTER and publisher of the Tyndall, ANDREW TYNDALL.

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