OLD Media Moves

Changes at "Nightly Business Report"

January 30, 2010

Toluse Olorunnipa of the Miami Herald writes Saturday about the changes that were made to the PBS show “Nightly Business Report” at the beginning of the year, noting some viewers are upset with the changes.

Olorunnipa writes, “The changes, which include fancier graphics, an increased focus on market analysis and less raw data detailing stock performances, come in the wake of the retirement of Paul Kangas, who co-anchored the show for 30 years.

“NBR’s production team said the revised look and format are part of an attempt to make Nightly Business Report more useful for the 21st Century viewer, since most people no longer have to wait until dinnertime to learn what had happened in the stock market on a particular day.

“‘We wanted to create a program that was as relevant to today’s audience as the program was relevant to the audience that began with the program back in 1979,’ said Rodney Ward, the show’s executive producer. ‘We wanted to do a program that focused more on the analysis rather than just the facts and give people the `why’ of what happened.’

“The new show features longer interviews with economists and political leaders, more commentators fleshing out the details of economic data and the extension of analytical series like ‘Climate Economy,’ which looks at how businesses are dealing with climate change.”

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