"THE DISAPPEARING ANCHOR"An African American Perspective
The African American male's slow rise into the network television ranks began in 1962. That's when White Plain, Virignia born Malvin Goode Senior broke the color barrier in network television.
Waiting in the wings to take their rightful places on the network anchor desks are two men who still maintain their place among the notables. CBS newsman Ed Bradley joined CBS radio in 1967 and moved over to the television network in 1971 where he was assigned to the Paris bureau. He eventually moved to the anchor desk for the Sunday evening news and then on to correspondent for 60-Minutes, a position he holds today.
While Bradley held down the fort at CBS, a collegue was making strides at the world's newest network CNN. Bernard Shaw joined the Cable News Network in 1980 and earned respect covering politics and mans the anchor desk in Washington D.C. Shaw recently however announced that he would be retiring, leaving a void in prime time exposure for African American anchormen. Others African American anchormen are making their presence know on network television these days. They are the new breed of journalists who have come into the ranks after the federal government essentially removed affirmative action. They are Len Cannon of NBC, Ed Gordon andTavis Smiley of Black Entertainment Television.