Talking with Tom

Talking with Tom 1Tom Brokaw will be inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame along with TV director/producer James Burrows, film producer/director Leonard Goldberg, and actors Regis Philbin and William Shatner. InsideNBCU called Tom at his Montana ranch earlier this month, where he discussed technology, the evening news, and how he has kept busy since stepping out of the anchor chair in 2004.

by Chris Steib

At 7:00 am CT, from his Montana ranch, Tom Brokaw is usually watching the beginning of Today’s west coast feed. Shortly before it starts, he catches the news online from MSNBC.com and BBC.co.uk. For many Americans, it’s a familiar ritual: consuming news through various technologies throughout the day. But ten years ago, Tom says, even television was a rare convenience for his area — too far away for cable, and satellite hadn’t yet become a standard. “Now I’m fully wired here,” Tom says. “Internet, satellite radio, TV.” He adds with a laugh, “But we try to use it discreetly.”

From Montana, Tom can do more than just read the news: when Peter Jennings passed away last August, Tom broadcasted all day from his ranch, beginning with Today and wrapping up some 14 hours later on Larry King Live. “It’s easier…and also worse for broadcasters,” he says, joking that he can no longer make excuses about being out of pocket. “No one can say, ‘I can’t get on the air from here.'”

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