Bryan Cranston Wins Tony Award For His Portrayal of TV News Anchor in the Play Network

By A.J. Katz 

Broadway intersected with the news media last night at the 73rd annual Tony Awards.

Bryan Cranston took home the award for best leading actor in a play for his role as a TV news anchor in the Broadway adaptation of the 1976 movie, Network. The original film is about a fictional news network named UBS and its struggle its declining ratings. Cranston plays a soon-to-be-fired broadcast news anchor named Howard Beale.

During his acceptance speech, the former Breaking Bad star thanked real-life journalists and declared that “the media is not the enemy of the people.”


“I would like to dedicate this to all the real journalists around the world, both in the press — the print media — and the broadcast media, who actually are in the line of fire with their pursuit of the truth,” said Cranston. “The media is not the enemy of the people. Demagoguery is the enemy of the people.”