Breaking News: A Novel
In a blistering, behind-the-scenes novel about the savagely competitive world of television news, Canadian-born journalist Robert MacNeil writes about the world he knows best -- a world where the integrity of reporting the news is being held hostage by the relentless pursuit of the bottom line.
Anchorman Grant Munro is at what should be the pinnacle of a brilliant career. Covering every major story from the Kennedy assassination to the death of Princess Diana, Munro has won the admiration, respect, and trust of his viewers. About to turn sixty in an industry no longer controlled by top-notch journalists but by profit-hungry conglomerates, Munro suddenly feels his career threatened -- especially when Bill Donovan, a handsome young reporter with little experience but a high Q rating, vies for his anchor post.
Dragged into a media circus where "soft news" and tabloid television are becoming the staples of nightly news broadcasts, Munro must negotiate a minefield of scheming, greed, and betrayal in order to hold on to what he prizes.