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Senior Entertainment Reporter John Kiesewetter has been covering TV and media issues for 20 years. After joining the Cincinnati Enquirer in 1975 as a summer intern, he worked as a county government and suburban reporter; assistant city editor and suburban editor; and features editor supervising the Life section. He has a B.S. in journalism from Ohio University.

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Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Did you like Katie?

You saw what my viewer panel thought of Katie Couric's debut... what did you think? I thought she was OK, but what I expected. I think she'll get better reading the TelePrompter. They goofed by having too much soft features -- "Free Speech" and "Snapshots." But they'll figure it out. After huge ratings Tuesday night, my guess is that people will go back to Brian and Charlie.
I didn't see her interview tonight with President Bush. How was it?

Here's the link to my Couric review today:

PS: Sorry about posting the last blog three times... Blogger site got hung up for 5-10 minutes when I tried to post, and it never indicated that it actually was posted. Sigh....


at 9/07/2006 10:20 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

she wasnt bad but she wasnt great i think she is used to adlibbing and i think she is used to sharing time with others not being solo but in my opinion i think she will adjust and be great

at 9/07/2006 11:13 AM Anonymous Scott said...

I watched her debut newscast on Tuesday night. But now I'm back to ABC News and Charles Gibson.

at 9/07/2006 4:46 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think Katie did a wonderful job. I've heard so many people nit-picking. I even heard one person say they heard her stumble....once! and he even knew the word she stumbled on. We all need to face the facts: Katie Couric is the most well-known woman in television news. she is great at her job and she will go on to become one of the most popular *evening* news people just like her great success in the mornings. Katie is also one of the smartest business women in America today. She knew when to leave The Today Show...on top making millions. and she left for another high profile job to make millions more. Good Luck, Katie. Keep up the good work.

at 9/07/2006 9:31 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, can't go wrong with having star power for your announcer:

Uncle Walter!

at 9/07/2006 10:13 PM Blogger Flixking said...

I dont think it matters who "reads" the news on network television. I happened to catch katie and I guess she did ok, she pronounced all the words correctly and read in a clear, audible voice. Isnt that really all there is to doing the news?

at 9/08/2006 3:12 AM Anonymous Sandye said...


you can go into the "Edit" screen for your posts and delete the 2nd and 3rd ones there. leave the top one since that's where people's comments are.

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