Dan Rather to Leave CBS for HDnet

Seventy two year old Dan Rather, one of CBS’ most well known figures, could be leaving CBS after 44 years, saying he would be seriously considering an offer from the deep pocketed Mark Cuban - co-founder of HDnet.

The decision comes after the move by CBS to cancel the extension of Rather’s “60 Minutes” contract past late November, Dan Rather has been looking at the possibilities of leaving hte network early.

Rather says he has received many offers from competing networks including major networks such as ABC/NBC, CNN and Fox News, all of which he has made new strong opinion for or against. Many smaller networks were presented in the job offerings, including the quickly growing HDnet.

Cuban and Rather’s deal would set Rather up with a lead part on a one-hour “60 Minutes”-style reporting program, as well as at least two full length documentary programs.

“I want to work, I want to do meaningful work. I worry about sounding self-serving, but I have my health. I am vigorous. I am as hungry for important stories as I’ve ever been. In fact, I think my hunger might be, if anything, greater. I guess I’d like to think that’s saying something.” said Rather.

The New York Times has a critical and interesting look at Rather’s current position, and future possibilities.

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Seventy two year old Dan Rather, one of CBS’ most well known figures, could be leaving CBS after 44 years, saying he would be seriously considering an offer from the deep pocketed Mark Cuban - co-founder of HDnet.


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