Former “NBC Nightly News” anchor Tom Brokaw stepped down from the anchor chair in 2004, after more than three decades in high-profile roles at the network. Of course, his “retirement” has been anything but quiet.
He remains a regular analyst on NBC News programming and he also produces long-form programming, the latest of which, “The Brokaw Files,” will debut on Military Channel Thursday at 10 PM. “The Brokaw Files”–produced by NBC’s Peacock Productions–features some of Brokaw’s classic interviews and reports, updated with new information and reflections. For example, Brokaw’s interview with President Reagan, conducted just a few days before he left office.
“I honestly believe that in this age of warp speed communication and everybody looking at the next nanosecond, that there is real value in going back and examining, for example, the kind of person Ronald Reagan was,” Brokaw tells TVNewser. “I think that broadcast, it was his last interview he gave while in office, is instructive of what it was like to come up from the heart of America and become the President of the United States for two terms, during the heart of the cold war.”
For Brokaw and his production team, the Military Channel show is a chance to go back and find not only well-watched pieces, like the Reagan interview, but also pieces that fell through the cracks, like a story about the USS John C. Stennis.
“One of the things that happens with television, and it has been frustrating for 50 years, one of my producers used to say that we work very hard on these projects and the signal goes to Venus and we never see it again,” Brokaw said. “This gives both NBC and me an opportunity to go back and pull up stuff that we have done that has — I hope — a kind of enduring quality about it.”