I thought I’d use today’s post to think out loud with . I’ve been thinking about NBC’s abrupt changes to The Today Show and how they handled dismissing co-anchor Ann Curry and bringing on Savannah Guthrie.
I’ve watched NBC morning news since the late 80’s. I remember getting ready for school and knowing how on time I was by the news programming before Today. Ann Curry delivered the news then, and I kept watching when she started announcing the news for Today.
Fast forward and it was the same thing. The Today Show was my clock against college classes, getting ready for work, newlywed days, and as a working, then stay-at-home mom. The mere thought of using another show? I couldn’t wrap my mind around such a thing.
When Ann gave her farewell, I was upset for her. I love my news and in this reality television obsessed world, true journalism seems like an extinct field. She’s a true newswoman who offered information and compassion without bias. Steve Cupas, NBC News President, justified letting her go from the co-anchor spot by saying she didn’t do well in cooking segments and celebrity interviews. (Read here, if interested.) This news girl viewer has a pit in her stomach thinking that needing to be a pro at cooking segments means more than reporting on our country and world.
I decided right then I was done with that show. I’ve switched to GMA and like a new job, I’m trying to bond with these new people and how they do things, so I can apply it to my own schedule.
It got me thinking–did I make the switch out of loyalty to Ann Curry? Did I stay with The Today Show because I was a creature of habit? After all, I only like Colgate toothpaste. I always order the same Mexican (chicken chimichanga) and Chinese (chicken and broccoli) meals. I tend to read books by the same authors, rather than a bestseller list or recommendation.
What about you? Do you see yourself as a creature of habit, loyal, or are they the same?