Press: Days Of Turbulence, Days of Change

Besieged by budget cuts and competitors, network news tries to keep pace

Television has always been a land of flux, a place where few programs last beyond two seasons and yesterday's top-rated star is today's trivia question. But for more than 30 years, all three networks have aired evening news shows that reach more people than any single newspaper or magazine. Turning on the TV set around dinnertime to watch the news has become a sort of flickering ritual that unifies much of the country for 30 minutes a day.

Now, however, the producers of the three broadcasts -- CBS Evening News with Dan Rather, NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw and ABC's...