Weekend breaking news coverage would need a “NewsHour approach,” Lehrer says

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In an interview with Baltimore Sun TV columnist David Zurawik, PBS NewsHour anchor Jim Lehrer said although it would be “possible” to cover breaking news on the weekends, “we just don’t have the resources right now.”

Lehrer also noted: “… We’ve got to keep in mind, it’s got to be more than just the headlines. The headlines are already available in other places. We’ve got to take a NewsHour approach on Saturday and Sunday, just like we do Monday through Friday, or it is not working.”

And, once again, Lehrer addressed his inevitable retirement. “Well, as you know I have stepped back a little, and I am going to continue to do that,” he said. “I am very keen on the idea of a team approach to this rather than a big-time anchorperson approach. So, there will come a time and maybe some day after I’ve been gone for five years, someone will say, ‘Whatever happened to that guy who talked like he was from Kansas or Texas or some goddamn place? What happened to him?'”