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Goodbye Walter Cronkite (again)

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 5th 2010 8:30AM
Katie CouricI was wondering when this would happen. CBS has replaced Walter Cronkite as the announcer of The CBS Evening News.

Now, those of you who never watch The CBS Evening News are probably saying, "of course they replaced him. Didn't he die months ago?" Yes, he did, but he recorded the opening ("This is The CBS Evening News, with Katie Couric") before he passed away and the show kept the same opening even after he was gone.

And who is the new announcer? It's none other than Andy Dick! This is a daring choice by CBS. OK, I'm kidding, it's actually actor Morgan Freeman. Which is only fair, since Michael Douglas does the intro for NBC Nightly News (ABC has Mike Rowe).

I guess they had to replace Cronkite at some point. While I think it was nice that they had him do it in the first place (and equally cool that they kept his voice even after he died), at some point it was going to become odd that he was still doing the opening so long after he was gone.

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How appropriate to have actors introduce the network news since Katie and the other network anchors have no journalistic integrity. They just play a journalist on tv.

January 05 2010 at 5:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I like Mike Rowe and all, but he lacks the gravitas of Michael Douglas and Morgan Freeman. Looks like ABC will have to pay for an upgrade to A-list.

I'm surprised Morgan Freeman doesn't do the intros for all of them. We should just pass some FCC regulation that requires all narrations, voiceovers, unseen voice intros, and all other voice work to be doen by Morgan Freeman. You know, like they do in the movies.

January 05 2010 at 10:57 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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