Couric lacks old-fashioned TV-news “gravitas,” which is good

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Katie Couric is the first network anchor to have a quick, smart, mischievous sense of humor as a major part of her public persona, says Kurt Andersen. “She won’t have many opportunities to crack wise on the ‘Evening News,’ of course,” he writes. “But if you strip away the jokes from Jon Stewart‘s ‘Daily Show’ performances, what remains is an intelligent, charming, clued-in, puckish, apparently unpretentious, occasionally self-deprecating fortysomething whose responses to news stories seem recognizably, appealingly human.”
> TVNewser editor isn’t convinced Couric will attract young viewers (MW)

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