Review: Top of the Morning: Inside the Cutthroat World of Morning TV by Brian Stelter
I’m not a devoted morning news watcher, but ever since I could remember I had always leaned towards The Today Show. I guess it could be because that is what my mom watches. I vividly remember forcing myself to watch Good Morning America years ago because the stars of High School Musical were going to be interviewed. I wasn’t impressed and never watched the show again.
Although I don’t regularly start my day off with Savannah and Hoda or Robin and George, I was still drawn to Top of the Morning: Inside the Cutthroat World of Morning TV. And I must admit it was mostly because of the whole situation involving Ann Curry. Unfortunately, Top of the Morning: Inside the Cutthroat World of Morning TV was not the book that I had hoped it would be.
It was poorly organized, which made it hard to follow. For example, the book made numerous jumps from Ann Curry to unrelated incidents that had occurred at GMA. Then the book would jump right back to Ann Curry. I would have much rather the book to have a cohesive flow where all the information regarding one particular subject was all grouped together.
Also, there is a such thing as too much detail. Unfortunately, the author utilizes details a little too. The author spends a lot of time comparing and contrasting the ratings war between GMA and Today. I do understand the importance of ratings, especially with the two morning shows, but it was over explained and became annoying. It also became repetitive and boring. The same statistics were repeated numerous times.
Top of the Morning: Inside the Cutthroat World of Morning TV portrayed Ann Curry negatively. There were several times were she was mentioned as “awkward” or “lack chemistry”.
It is worth mentioning, it would be interesting to read a book centered on morning news that included the most recent events that have happened.
Top of the Morning: Inside the Cutthroat World of Morning TV does not provide any riveting content about the two major morning shows.