My first job out of college was at a television station in Indianapolis. I'm a big television fan, but watch it with a critical eye. And the production values of the evening newscast on CBS left much to be desired. Too often Couric would intro a report, and then the video wouldn't work -- or the wrong video would pop up. The production has been sloppy, which has an impact on how an audience views the anchor.
"I love Katie. She is a superb journalist," Kaplan, a former president of CNN and MSNBC and onetime executive producer of ABC's "World News Tonight" and "Nightline," said yesterday. "For me, this whole deal is a no-brainer."
While "Katie could have stopped this from happening if she wanted to," Kaplan said, they have an "extraordinary comfort level" with each other. "I came here because I believe in my soul that Katie is the best" of the anchors, he added.