In the welcome interview below, Paul Mason shares an astute observation about the current state of network and cable TV news. He suggests that while these twin mediums are great at reporting the initial details of major news events like the Japanese earthquake and the Arab spring, there is a real lack of proper, follow-up reporting once things die down.
To help remedy this gaping coverage hole, Mason is joining San Francisco-based Link TV as president and CEO after nearly three decades with ABC News. He was a senior vice president and the executive-in-charge of Nightline and This Week with George Stephanopoulos. Mason was also an executive producer of the weekend edition of World News Tonight.
The Wesleyan and Columbia university grad says he is looking forward to steering a broadcast outlet that in addition to a presence on DISH and DirecTV, has been working steadily to harness the power of online video and the semantic web.