Saturday August 05, 2017

Do news anchors still matter?

Iconic anchor Walter Cronkite in 1952. The CBS Newsman was considered "the most trusted man in America."

Iconic anchor Walter Cronkite in 1952. The CBS Newsman was considered "the most trusted man in America." (AP Photo/CBS, File)

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This week, The National announced Peter Mansbridge will be replaced by not one, but four hosts.

As networks around the world experiment with the traditional format of the newscast, Martine and Isabelle ask the question: Do news anchors matter as much as they used to and do we need them at all?

They invited three guests ahead of the CBC announcement to debate the importance of the TV anchor.

Debra Arbec has been an anchor for nearly 20 years and currently hosts the local suppertime newscast CBC Montreal News at 6.

Debra Arbec

CBC Montreal's Debra Arbec. (CBC)

Stéphan Bureau was named anchor of Radio-Canada's flagship newscast Le TéléJournal at 34, holding the position from 1998 to 2003. He's currently hosting Médium Large, a radio show on Radio-Canada, for the summer.

Stephane Bureau

Radio-Canada's Stéphan Bureau. (ICI Musique)

Justin Ling is the Canadian Features editor at Vice News. Before that, he was in the Parliamentary Press Gallery for nearly 4 years.

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Vice's Justin Ling. (Justin Ling/Twitter)

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