I didn’t know there was such a channel.
In accordance with CBS policy at the time, Walter Cronkite retired from the â€œCBS Evening Newsâ€ in 1981 at age 65.
â€œOld anchormen, you see, donâ€™t fade away; they just keep coming back for more,â€ he said during his sign-off.
Now, proving his point 26 years later, Mr. Cronkite is expected to sign with an aptly named cable network, Retirement Living TV.
The start-up channel is for people 55 and older, with shows like â€œBargain Retirement Placesâ€ and â€œHealthline.â€ It has attracted other television veterans, including John Palmer, formerly of NBC News; Mary Alice Williams, a CNN veteran; and Florence Henderson of â€œThe Brady Bunchâ€ fame.
The networkâ€™s vice president for programming and production, Elliot Jacobson, said Retirement Living TV was in â€œadvanced talksâ€ with Mr. Cronkite, who is expected to contribute a weekly segment.
Mr. Cronkite would be the highest-profile hire for the channel, which celebrated its first anniversary last week and is fully funded by a foundation owned by the Erickson Retirement Communities, which manages retirement homes. Mr. Jacobson said the networkâ€™s mission â€œis to change the perception of aging in this country and change the quality of the aging process.â€