Frank Magid, who turned news into entertainment, died last week

Is that a name you recognize? You certainly recognize his influence. Magid is credited with re-imagining the news as entertainment. “During the 1970s, Magid’s Marion, Iowa-based consultancy was hired by hundreds of stations that subsequently introduced flashy, fast-paced local news read from teleprompters by coifed anchor teams who bantered with their fellow broadcasters,” reported The Wall Street Journal . “The era of the starchy solo white male newsreader with a paper script came to a…

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