BBC Director General says that the era of the anchor “has virtually died out.”. From a Guardian report:
“The simple thing I can point to is that BBC news has changed somewhat over the years and the traditional role of a newsreader as opposed to a correspondent or news presenter has virtually died out across BBC services,” he said. “We tend to use journalists across all our programmes and on News 24 to read the news headlines.”
Now, of course, the British have always had a different attitude toward anchors. They’re merely newsreaders there, not the stars that they are here. But still, this is a major shift.
What would news organizations here do without the star power of the anchor? Perhaps they could make the quality of their reporting the star.