Tuesday, July 15, 2008

The Biz: Why Investigative Journalism Is Dying

This interesting piece from Broadcasting & Cable chronicles the decline in investigative journalism at the big TV networks. Did you know 60 Minutes was once at the top of the Nielsen ratings? Of course, that was back in 1993. Now, the esteemed show is but a shadow of its former self, says the report, which explores how the decline started after Philip Morris sued ABC News in 1994 over a report on how it manipulated nicotine levels in cigarettes to keep smokers hooked. Disney, which was acquiring the network at the time, declined to fight the suit and settled for $17 million, issuing a groveling, much-derided apology.

TAGS: the biz, investigative journalism, future of journalism, 60 Minutes

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