Synopsis by Hal Erickson
Under the terms of his new WJM-TV contract, news anchor Ted Baxter (Ted Knight) is allowed to take outside jobs if he so desires. In a twinkling, Ted signs up as a pitchman for a local pork-sausage manufacturer. Things get worse when Farmer Ted begins using his nightly newscast to pick up a few extra promotional bucks. This is the episode in which a seething Lou Grant (Edward Asner) offers to break Ted's face. "Farmer Ted and the News" was first broadcast on November 11, 1972.