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Thomas Hackett sent me this link about the salary issues at the networks from Columbia Journalism Review.  We don’t hear much about anchor salaries anymore but it does give an indication about what is valued in a challenging economic environment.

Interestingly, in July, after the death of Walter Cronkite, Kurtz, in one of his regular online Q & A sessions with readers, fielded the following: “Cronkite did not start out as a celebrity, he became one and was likely the last anchor to do so after the Barbara Walters/Dan Rather era started. Do the high salaries of top TV anchors damage the connection with the public that Cronkite seemed to have?”

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