Three Blind Mice: How the TV Networks Lost Their Way

Three Blind Mice: How the TV Networks Lost Their Way

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by Ken Auletta
     
 

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What happened to network television in the 1980s? How did CBS, NBC, and ABC lose a third of their audience and more than half of their annual profits?

Ken Auletta, author of Greed and Glory on Wall Street, tells the gripping story of the decline of the networks in this epically scaled work of journalism. He chronicles the takeovers and executive coups that turned

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What happened to network television in the 1980s? How did CBS, NBC, and ABC lose a third of their audience and more than half of their annual profits?

Ken Auletta, author of Greed and Glory on Wall Street, tells the gripping story of the decline of the networks in this epically scaled work of journalism. He chronicles the takeovers and executive coups that turned ABC and NBC into assets of two mega-corporations and CBS into the fiefdom of one man, Larry Tisch, whose obsession with the bottom line could be both bracing and appalling.

Auletta takes us inside the CBS newsroom on the night that Dan Rather went off-camera for six deadly minutes; into the screening rooms where NBC programming wunderkind Brandon Tartikoff watched two of his brightest prospects for new series thud disastrously to earth; and into the boardrooms where the three networks were trying to decide whether television is a public trust or a cash cow.

Rich in anecdote and gossip, scalpel-sharp in its perceptions, Three Blind Mice chronicles a revolution in American business and popular culture, one that is changing the world on both sides of the television screen.

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"Three Blind Mice may be the most thorough probe ever into how the TV industry works." — Newsweek

"This is one of the best books on television. Maybe the best."

— Dallas Morning News

"The book's fascination and fun lie in the detail — Mr. Auletta's extraordinary access to the principal players, his eye for color, ear for anecdote and reporter's instinct for conflict." — Wall Street Journal

"It's a tour de force of reporting" — Business Week

Library Journal
In 1986, all three of the major TV networks were taken over by new owners: ABC by Capital Cities; CBS by financiers Larry and Bob Tisch; NBC by General Electric. The resultant upheavals--management power plays, losses of thousands of staff jobs--have been crafted into a truly dramatic book by Auletta, a highly regarded business reporter ( Greed and Glory on Wall Street , LJ 2/15/86). Given entry to executive suites and board meetings, Auletta has acquired exclusive, first-hand knowledge of the trauma of change in a medium that affects every American family. Government regulations, prohibiting the networks from owning production studios and sharing in the fiscal bonanza of syndication, threaten their very survival, the author contends. An important book, highly recommended to all libraries. Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 4/15/91.-- Chet Hagan, Berks Cty. P.L. System, Pa.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780679741350
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/01/1992
Pages:
648
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.33(d)

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Three Blind Mice: How the TV Networks Lost Their Way 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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