Rather mulls offer from Cuban’s HDNetJune 16th, 2006
Dan Rather, giving a thumbs-down to the pencil-sharpening gig offered by CBS brass, is “seriously considering” a deal to host a weekly news program on Mark Cuban’s HDNet. In fact, he may decline offers from two major networks and instead sign a three-year contract with a channel that’s less famous than its outspoken owner.
Brilliant! If 16-year-olds are so bombarded by new media that they can no longer even identify the big broadcast networks, it would seem that Rather, by actively securing his continued obscurity, has slyly put himself ahead of the game.
Seriously, though. Why shouldn’t Dan Rather find a place where, on a smaller stage, he will be free to do the work he loves? Viewers would benefit from a new outlet for meaningful journalism, and Rather may even find a kind of redemption.