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FRONTLINE; News War: What’s Happening To The News


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News War: What’s Happening To The News
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Premiered January 1983 Since January 1983, FRONTLINE has served as American public television's - PBS - flagship public affairs series. Hailed upon its television broadcast debut as "the last best hope for broadcast documentaries," FRONTLINE's stature over 23 years is reaffirmed each week through incisive documentaries covering the scope and complexity of the human experience. Series release date: 1/1983

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The third hour of "News War" puts viewers on the front lines of an epic battle over the future of news. America's major network news divisions and daily newspapers are under siege, facing mounting pressure for profits from corporate owners, and growing challenges from cable television and the Internet, which are remaking the economics of the business and transforming the very definition of news. FRONTLINE talks to network executives, journalists, Wall Street analysts, bloggers, and key players at Google and Yahoo! who are all battling for survival and market dominance in a rapidly changing world of news. FRONTLINE also goes inside the embattled newsroom of The Los Angeles Times, one of the last remaining papers in the country still covering major national stories. Under severe pressure from Wall Street to cut costs and to compete for "eyeballs" in a new media world, editors at the paper are urgently trying to figure out what this means for their future news coverage and their public service mission.



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Chicago: “FRONTLINE; News War: What’s Happening To The News,” 02/22/2007, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed October 24, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_9799F2F4C95849BC83245D5960A2C436.
MLA: “FRONTLINE; News War: What’s Happening To The News.” 02/22/2007. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. October 24, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_9799F2F4C95849BC83245D5960A2C436>.
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