Former Disney CEO Michael Eisner was a guest on “Your World with Neil Cavuto” this afternoon on Fox News. Eisner, who left Disney in 2005, spoke to Cavuto about the departure of ABC News chief David Westin, whether the network should keep its news division and even “CBS Evening News” anchor Katie Couric.
Cavuto: I was thinking of ABC because David Westin, the ABC news chief is stepping down, and some say that ABC might disband the news division, what do you think?
Eisner: I don’t think that is true frankly, and David leaving is not a result of changes in the world. He decided to do something different than what he had been doing for a long time.
But the world is changing, you are wearing a watch, your kids probably are not. I ask my kids what time is it and they look at their iPod or their phone or blackberry. The things we grew up thinking are part of our body — newspapers, commodities, sports, information — are now everywhere, and the things that are unique are the brands, the one of a kind, movies, television shows.
Cavuto: If you were to advise your successor, Bob Iger, would you tell him ABC doesn’t need news?