Q&A with Roger Mudd, Part 1
In the first of a two-part interview, Roger Mudd talked about his memoir, The Place to Be: Washington, CBS, and the Glory Days of Television News, published by PublicAffairs. Mr. Mudd told the story of his years at CBS from 1961 to 1980. He talked about Dan Rather being chosen as successor to Walter Cronkite in 1980 to anchor the CBS Evening News, a position that Mudd thought was going to be his. He quit CBS then and worked as a correspondent for NBC and narrated at the History Channel until he retired. He talked about his relations with Dan Rather then and now. He described the role of Eric Sevareid, who wrote and delivered a popular two-minute nightly analysis of the day’s events, and a video clip was shown of a C-SPAN interview with Mr. Sevareid in 1989. Video clips were shown of Roger Mudd’s 1971 documentary, “The Selling of the Pentagon,” as he talked about the controversy that erupted over the way the documentary had been edited. He also told a never before published story about the 30 minutes prior to President Richard Nixon’s televised resignation speech. He said the CBS makeup person, Lillian Brown, reminded the president of a funny reminiscence in an attempt to get him to stop crying. A video clip was shown of President Nixon preparing for the speech on August 8, 1974. close
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