CBS to Change Theme Along with Anchor There will be new music when Katie Couric makes her debut as host of the CBS Evening News next month. The show will have new theme music, written by Oscar-winning movie composer James Horner.
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CBS to Change Theme Along with Anchor

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RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

And there will be new music when Katie Couric makes her debut as host of the CBS Evening News next month. New anchor - new theme. CBS viewers will no longer be hearing this:

(Soundbite of CBS Evening News theme music)

Unidentified Man: This is The CBS Evening News.

MONTAGNE: That's the theme music the program has used for the past 15 years. The art of composing a news theme is no easy task. It was dramatized in this scene from the film, Broadcast News.

(Soundbite of movie Broadcast News)

Unidentified Actor: It starts off with this very high-tech syntho-sequency-type thing, like this.

(Soundbite of synthesizer playing)

Unidentified Actor: The strings take (unintelligible).

(Soundbite of singing along with synthesizer playing)

MONTAGNE: To create the new theme, CBS commissioned Oscar-winning movie composer James Horner.

(Soundbite of Titanic theme music)

MONTAGNE: Music from the movie Titanic won James Horner two Oscars, and he's been nominated for seven other films. And more than 100 movie scores under his belt, it's a safe bet that James Horner's new theme will be far better than the theme from Broadcast News.

(Soundbite of movie Broadcast News)

MONTAGNE: From NPR News, this is MORNING EDITION.

Steve Inskeep will be back with us on Monday. I'm Renee Montagne.

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