“Dateline NBC” 2005 – 2007 Theme


For the last few years of its classic era, Dateline used a reorchestrated version of its long-running theme. During the period in which this theme was used, Dateline started to transition away from some of the elements that made the program famous. Classic segments such as the Dateline Timeline — where viewers were asked to guess the year in which certain events took place — were discontinued. The huge set in Studio 3B in New York was torn down. And content wise, like other news magazines, Dateline focussed more on true crime stories, becoming known for its ‘To Catch a Predator’-series. In another significant change, the role of the anchor was reduced, limiting the necessity of a dedicated but expensive anchor. Hence, Stone Phillips’ contract was not renewed in 2007. This theme was only used for about two years.

Michael Karp – Dateline theme

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