There has been a lot of unexpected turnover at the big three television stations lately.
First it was Comcast’s (NASDAQ:CMSCA) NBC Sunday staple Meet the Press host David Gregory’s tumultuous departure in early August of 2014, then Disney’s (NYSE:DIS) ABC Network golden girl—Diane Sawyer stepped down from her anchor chair at World News Tonight.
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Now, CBS News’ (NYSE:CBS) beloved veteran of Face the Nation, Bob Schieffer relinquishes his top seat after 24 years on the helm. And who could forget about NBC’s Brian Williams suspension over exaggerated tales.
It seems there’s been a lot of musical chairs at the top network positions and we’re back to where we started—all men.
1. CBS' Face the Nation
Bob Schieffer- 1991-2015 John Dickerson- 2015- present
2. ABC's This Week
Sam Donaldson & Cokie Roberts-1996-2002 George Stephanopoulos- 2002-2010 Christiane Amanpour - August 2010 to December 2011 George Stephanopoulos - 2012-present
3. NBC's Meet the Press
Tim Russert - 1991-2008 David Gregory - 2008-2014 Chuck Todd - 2014-present
4. CBS Evening News
Walter Cronkite 1963 - 1981 (CBS Evening News first broadcast on Sept. 2, 1963) Dan Rather - 1981-1993 Dan Rather and Connie Chung (co-anchor) - 1993-1995 Dan Rather - 1995 -2005 Bob Schieffer - 2005-2006 Katie Couric - 2006-2011 (In Sept. 2006 Couric became the first female solo anchor of a weekday network evening news broadcast.) Scott Pelley- 2011-present
5. ABC World News Tonight
Peter Jennings - 1983 - 2005 Bob Woodruff and Elizabeth Vargas (January–May 2006) Charles Gibson - 2006 -2009 Diane Sawyer - 2009 - 2014 David Muir - 2014-present
6. NBC Nightly News
Tom Brokaw - 1983 - 2004 Brian Williams - 2004 - suspended-February, 2015 Lester Holt - 2015 - present / Interim Host