Watching network TV morning shows tends to be like listening to strangers yelling at you inside your kitchen: “Wake up, America! We have hot, young one-percenters to show you! Plus the latest in home appliances!”
Charlie Rose and Gayle King, anchors of the new CBS This Morning, are not loud and overly energized. Their 60 Minutes-talk show-morning program hybrid, which premiered in January, is slow journalism: Interviews last longer, and the show airs serious news features, like a April 12 segment on the investigation into Indian IT company Infosys for U.S. visa fraud, and what that kind of fraud means for American software engineers. For anyone interested in a calm, newsy, adult conversation over breakfast, CBS This Morning is the only option. News junkies should care about this show’s future, because it says a lot about where TV journalism is headed.