No matter who wins the 2004 presidential race, Bill Moyers will be out of a job. The PBS stalwart announced Thursday that he’ll end his 30-year career as a TV journalist after the election, the Associated Press reports. ”It isn’t because I feel old,” the 69-year-old ”Now” host told AP. ”It’s because I feel compelled to do something else now, that only I can do — which is that book.” He’s referring to a long-gestating tome he’s writing about his former boss, President Lyndon Johnson.
Moyers served Johnson for 13 years, starting as an aide to the Texas senator in 1954 and ending as his White House press secretary in 1967. Moyers says of his book: ”It won’t be a history or even a memoir. It will be a series of reflections” on the Johnson years. ”I was with [Johnson] for a small portion of his long public career, and only half of his presidency, but there was a period of time we really bonded. He used me as a sounding board. We were very close.”
For the past 30 years, Moyers has specialized in TV news and documentaries, mostly on PBS, where he’s hosted his current Friday night show, ”Now,” since 2002. PBS president Pat Mitchell told AP that ”Now” would continue without Moyers, but that she hoped the Emmy-winner would come back to PBS eventually. ”I have made it clear to him he’s not leaving public television,” she said.