From Whistle Stop to Sound Bite
The former head of CBS news in the 1950's, Sig Mickelson discusses issues surrounding his book, From Whistle Stop to Sound Bite: Four Decades of Politics and Television. He addresses his career and the evolution of network news coverage since his days with CBS. He focuses on technological change and the competition it produces between newspaper, cable, and telephone industries. Mickelson also analyzes the effect of TV coverage on the U.S. electorate. He attributes a decline in voter turnout since the 1950's to an increasing complexity of issues and a lack of development of major issues by the media. Currently a professor of journalism at San Diego State University, Mickelson concludes the interview by sharing his thoughts on the future of the network news industry. close
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Sig Mickelson President (Former) CBS
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