TV Week’s TV News-Related Questions

By SteveK 

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TV Week is out with it’s list of 30 questions for the TV industry this week, writing, “While not every question will light the right path to take in 2009, they may make 2008 more comprehensible.”

Four of the questions related to TV news.

The first, “Will Bill O’Reilly’s ratings rise as disaffected conservatives rush to him in the Obama era?” With a new contract in place, TV Week writes, “‘The O’Reilly Factor’ since the historic election is averaging 3.5 million viewers, a 48% increase from the same period in 2007.”

Also asked: “Will Chris Matthews run or stay at MSNBC?” An announcement is expected just after the new year, but TV Week writes, “This game of hardball is not nearly over.”

Click continued to see TV Week’s other two TV news questions…

TV Week asks: “How solid is Katie Couric at ‘The CBS Evening News’?” Their conclusion? “CBS is not in the mood to pay off her $15 million-a-year contract when there is no viable alternative in-house — or in sight.”

Another question: “How long can CNN prop up King Larry?” With the rise of “The Rachel Maddow Show” on MSNBC, and a new program set to debut in the timeslot on FNC, could there be a change coming? Probably not. “CNN executives, who pride themselves on having the money and the moxie to move quickly with programming ideas, are not contemplating a move for Mr. King. They like him,” writes TV Week.