Tom Brokaw In No Rush To ‘Go to the Old Anchorman’s Rest Home’

By Alex Weprin 

Former “NBC Nightly News” anchor Tom Brokaw never really left TV (he contributes to NBC News with some frequency, including at the Olympics in London), but he hasn’t hosted his own program in some time. That will change this Fall when The Military Channel debuts its series “The Brokaw Files.”

Announced at Discovery Communication’s upfront earlier this year, the series takes some of Brokaw’s most memorable moments and interviews, and expands on them. Brokaw spoke at the Television Critics Association Summer press tour in Los Angeles, via satellite from London, where he talked about the series, and the current state of TV news.

The Hollywood Reporter‘s Marisa Guthrie has details:

“I guess I could put my feet up and go to the old anchorman’s rest home and eat soft food,” he said. “But I’m just not going to do that.”

Asked for his opinion of a spate of recent TV news errors associated with the Aurora, Colo., shootings and the Supreme Court’s decision on President Obama’s health care overhaul, Brokaw noted: “Mistakes have always been a part of journalism including in the print business, I might add.”

“There’s just a lot more on the air now and the pressure to get there first is considerable,” he said, adding, “the important part about making a mistake in journalism is catching it [and] acknowledging it.”