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WOMEN IN BROADCASTING: TV Guide profiled the “shotgun marriage” of Barbara Walters & Harry Reasoner on the ABC Evening News in Feb 1977. (Via @TVGuideArchives)
Walters became the first woman to co-anchor an evening newscast on October 4, 1976. But the pairing of Reasoner and Walters was disastrous and painful to watch. Ratings plummeted which led to both anchors being removed.