Sunday, August 31, 2008

Why Cable News will Die

The point of cable news is to enable a viewer to turn on the telly any time of the day and, within 30 minutes, see most of the top stories. The fact that they must constantly replay eight minutes worth of real news every hour and fill in the rest of the time with blather is necessary due to the format.

But more and more Americans are realizing they can get that same convenience - without the blather - from the Internet. I predict that within 5 years, 24 hour news coverage will be dying off and the three network newscasts will be online, available on demand, and much higher quality - not to mention gathering in much higher ratings.