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Katie Couric reflects on first WebcastThe political conventions are over and so are CBS Evening News anchor Katie Couric's first series of Webcasts. CNET's Kara Tsuboi sat down with Couric on the final night of the Republican National Convention to discuss what she liked about Webcasting,...
[ Music ] ^M00:00:05 >> Congratulations on finishing two weeks of webcasting after the convention. >> Yeah, it was so much fun. You know, it was a whole new experience for me, kind of an experiment. I love communicating with people, and it's such a direct line to hear what people are interested in and what they have to say. And you know, I really had a good time doing it. I hope people who watched it, you know, thought it added something to their knowledge of what was going on at these conventions. >> How did you feel the content was able to differ in the webcast versus your traditional Nightly Special or the Evening News, even? >> Well, you know, especially here at the Republican Convention, the content was so tightly packaged in the 10:00 prime time hour... >> Mm-hmm. >> It didn't leave us much time for analysis. >> Sure. >> Similarly, on an evening newscast, you have about -- evening newscast, you have about 22 minutes to jam everything in. And I think we do a pretty good job of giving people what they need, and giving pieces enough time, but often times the analysis has to be cut short or people hear wrap in their ears. And I think on the webcast, we could really flesh out some topics and not rush people through. And if they said something and someone wanted to jump in -- I just thought it was a more of a free-flowing conversation. And of course, you know, I don't think I'd have Cyndi Lauper as a political analyst on the CBS Evening News, or Mo Rocca... >> Wrestlers. >> ...with his fun facts about the Palin family. Yeah, the wrestlers, or the devil and the angel, which was not my booking. I take no responsibility, although they were charming. >> Lots of memorable guests, for sure. >> Yeah, you know, it was just a more loosy goosy atmosphere, more fun for me because I could attempt to be sort of funny and be a little more myself. >> Absolutely. >> It was unscripted and spontaneous and fun. It was very liberating for me. >> Now, tell me where you think the future direction of convention coverage is going to go? I mean obviously, we've got another four years before this has to happen again, thank goodness. >> Yeah. >> But do you think that every network's gonna turn to the web? Do you think you're gonna want to do more web in four years? >> Yeah. I mean I don't think even know if TV will exist in four years. I mean it's happening so quickly. So obviously, I want to be a part of this -- this, you know, new medium. And I think, certainly, it's changed dramatically the way people consume news and information in this country, and for that matter, around the world. You know, the only thing I'm afraid of is there will be so much niche programming, which is fine. But I think if -- sometimes to get a full picture editorially of what's going on -- if you just listen or read people who reflect your own point of view, I think you sometimes get a very limited understanding. And I still think, whether it's on the web, or on, you know, television, a place for fact-finding, objective reporting -- I mean everyone has a slightly, you know, different point of view when they're covering stories. I think it seeps into their coverage regardless. But I think there -- it's really important to have content that is objective and impartial. >> Mm-hmm. >> And not necessarily partisan. So hopefully I'll be able to play a role in that. >> Well, thank you very much. And congratulation on your coverage these two weeks. >> Oh, thank you. >> And I'm sure we'll see more you online very soon. >> I hope so. And I'll still have my YouTube channel. And you know, I want to continue to do sort of fun, spontaneous things on that as well as on CBSNews.com and CNET. And I just want to thank everybody who participated, who sent their questions in. I apologize for the fact that we didn't get to a lot of the questions, but I thought were really smart, and obviously we have a well-informed citizenry. And that's always reassuring to hear and to be reminded of. >> Great. Thank you. This is Katie Couric, obviously. I'm Kara Tsuboi, CNET.com >> Thanks. ^M00:03:53 [ Music ]