July 18, 1996 |
Tackling its first major breaking story, the explosion of a TWA jetliner, the 3-day-old MSNBC cable TV channel offered coverage similar to that of veteran Cable News Network. But at times, MSNBC's seams showed. MSNBC began reporting the story at 9:37 p.m. EDT during its regularly scheduled "The News With Brian Williams." The hourlong newscast was extended past 1 a.m. today with Williams remaining in the anchor chair. About 9:45 p.m.
July 17, 1996 |
It's Day Three of cable's MSNBC--the flashy new hybrid of NBC News and Microsoft Corp.--and behold the titans! Bigger even than Bill. Yes, MSNBC did get that trouper, President Clinton, to sit down with Tom Brokaw, cozy close-up to close-up, for its Monday debut. And there was something symbolic here, for starring that night on MSNBC's competitor, CNN, was Clinton's own opponent, GOP presumptive presidential candidate Bob Dole, schmoozing it up with Larry King.