Kurtz, Howard, Newsweek
Byline: Howard Kurtz
The TV host talks about asking lengthy questions, two decades on PBS, and whether he'll take over 'The Early Show' on CBS.
You just celebrated the 20th anniversary of your show. What's the secret to TV longevity?
Find smart people who can talk. There's a great appetite for smart television. Every day I get up and there are interesting stories I want to do.
You're on PBS. Why can't commercial TV tolerate long, unhurried conversations?
I don't think everything I do would fit on commercial television. I opened my show last night with Rem Koolhaas, a Dutch architect.
People sometimes make fun of the length of your questions.
I don't think that's true anymore.
Is that a conscious effort on your part?
Indeed. You listen. It was true.
CBS has approached you about possibly co-hosting The Early Show. Are you interested?
I'm having conversations with CBS because I'm a member of that family. I'm intrigued by the fact that they want to do it differently. They understand that their success will not lie in duplicating what's already on morning television. …