Judy Woodruff, half of PBS’ newly named NewsHour co-host team came to TCA to dispel the notion that her pairing with Gwen Ifill was historic. “We’re not the first,” Woodruff said via Skype. “Amy Poehler and Tina Fey were the first female co-anchors.” Ifill, appearing via satellite said, “here, right now, it’s news. We would like for the day to come when it’s not news any more…but [viewers] don’t see it every day right now.” The start date of their pairing has not yet been set but they’re shooting for mid-September, they said.
Hari Sreenivasan, who will anchor a weekend edition of NewsHour, starting September 7, said the first 15 minutes of each half-hour edition will handle breaking news at the top of each broadcast and “more like a magazine” later in the program. The half-hour format works because NewsHour Weekend won’t have to deal with Saturday and Sunday football overruns. “Fortunately we’re not competing … with the sports team at PBS,” he joked.