Here's the News: Old Is In

The hottest anchor is the most traditional. But for TV news to survive, change would do it good

Ida Mae Asute / ABC / AP

ABC's World News Tonight anchor Charles Gibson.

About a year ago, we heard that network news was in for a big makeover. The guard was changing, excitement was in the air, and a new anchor was about to turn around the fortunes of a network.

All of which happened, kind of--just with a different anchor. Nearly a year after taking over ABC's second-place evening newscast, Charles Gibson is neck and neck in the ratings with NBC's Brian Williams, and Gibson recently won ABC its first news sweeps month in more than 10 years. Katie Couric, who was supposed to be the agent of change, lags about 2 million...

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