A Letter From The Publisher, Dec. 1, 1980

One would have had to get up pretty early in the morning to get ahead of the TIME staff members who worked on this week's cover story about the three network morning shows. Reporter-Researcher Elaine Dutka, for instance, rose in inky blackness to interview CBS' Charles Kuralt on the set of his program Sunday Morning, and again after he had become the daily host of Morning a few weeks later. Says Dutka: "Those hours were pretty disorienting. I'd be finished with my reporting at 9 a.m., when much of the rest of the world was just beginning its day."

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