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October 26 — These rumors were bound to start sooner or later, but the buzz about the future of Norah O’Donnell, CBS ‘lead presenter, is starting to grow stronger.

There are three good reasons why O’Donnell can be on a slippery basis as the face of CBS News.

Its newscast, “The CBS Evening News”, has been in third place in ratings since its debut in 2019.

His contract ends next spring. And she makes $ 8 million a year, a number many CBS executives think is too high.

This is why the New York Post reports that rumors of a possible change of presenter have made their way into the CBS Washington newsroom.

CBS co-chairman Neeraj Khemlani has denied a possible change of anchor, but that’s what the network executives are good at – denying the rumors.

The fact that O’Donnell hasn’t moved the ratings needle, however, doesn’t work in his favor.

There’s another plot twist, according to Post’s story. O’Donnell isn’t a popular figure in the halls of CBS – the Post says she’s not kind to people doing hair and makeup, among other things.

The bottom line is that CBS has been behind NBC and ABC in ratings since Walter Cronkite retired. Donald Trump could be a news anchor and the network would likely stay in third place.

So the network can continue to try to find the right anchor point. O’Donnell does a decent job, but not a dynamic job. CBS may be looking for someone who will do both.

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The Manning Brothers, Peyton and Eli, have replaced Tony Romo as Flavor of the Month when it comes to National Football League analysts.

It took three years, but critics are starting to notice how Romo likes to wander around every now and then without making any sense. The Mannings, on the other hand, received rave reviews from critics. Even the fact that one of Monday’s Manningcast guests of the Seattle-New Orleans game on ESPN2, Marshawn Lynch, hurled a profanity, did not dampen enthusiasm for the Mannings.

The Mannings are funny, they know the game, and they do any analyst’s No.1 job – telling viewers something about football they don’t know.

And they seem to be having fun doing it, which usually rubs off on viewers.

Some of the guests on Monday were great, like Tom Brady. And some were out of place. Sue Bird, for example, added very little to the broadcast except for leaving the door open to play one more season in the WNBA.

The worst sin is that they are often busy chatting with their guests and not paying attention to the game.

This is, however, an alternative TV show. Viewers can turn to ESPN, where they pay attention to the game.

There’s one problem – these announcers aren’t as funny or as proficient as the Mannings. That’s why Manningcasts work – you get more than what you get on traditional TV.

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If you watch MSNBC for awhile, you’re going to run into Jonathan Lemire – he’s one of the network’s must-haves when it comes to analytics.

His spotlight is starting to shine a little brighter these days after being named permanent host of “Way Too Early”, MSNBC’s morning show that airs at 5 a.m.

Lemire hosted the show on a temporary basis after Kasie Hunt left the show. On Monday, MSNBC made the temporary move permanent.

Lemire was slightly nervous on his first official day on Tuesday, but he showed humor. This is very important, especially when you start your working day at 5 a.m.

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