News Broadcasts - ABC NETWORK
NEWS AND VIEWS was ABC's first regularly scheduled nightly newscast anchored
by H. R. Baukhage and Jim Gibbons. premiering August 11, 1948. After three
years the program was changed to AFTER THE DEADLINES.
DOUGLAS EDWARDS WITH
THE NEWS was CBS's first regularly scheduled nightly newscast anchored by
Douglas Edwards debuting on May 3, 1948. After 14 years, he was replaced by
Walter Cronkite on April 16, 1962.
The DuMont Network's WALTER COMPTON NEWS was
the first Dumont Network news program and the first news series to originate
from Washington, D.C.. Anchor Walter Compton began as news anchor on August
25, 1947. Later followed by CAMERA HEADLINES and NEWSWEEK ANALYSIS. The
Dumont network failed in April 1955.
The NBC Network had primitive regular
network telecasts such as SUNOCO NEWS or ESSO TELEVISION REPORTER as early
as the 1940s which included radio simulcast of commentator, Lowell Thomas
accompanied by news, photos, maps and graphics. However, their first
successful nationally accepted anchorman was John Cameron Swayze whose
behind the scenes narration on newsreels led to a seat in front of the
camera where he read the news on CAMEL NEWS CARAVAN in 1948. He was replaced
by Chet Huntley and David Brinkley in October, 1956. They were first teamed
by NBC at the 1956 Democratic Convention in Chicago. The combination of the
somber Huntley and the witty Brinkley made for a highly successful anchor
team especially appreciated for their ability to be more than just a pair of
talking heads. Finally, NBC became the first TV network to carry 30 minutes
of nightly news seven days a week beginning October 24, 1965. PBS's THE
MACNEIL/LEHRER NEWS HOUR was America's first hour-long national evening news
According to the Gallop Polls, the program was also the most believed
news program on US Television. NBC news became the first television network
with thirty-minutes of nightly news broadcast seven days a week beginning
October 24, 1965.
The first remote pickup of news by television was
accomplished by WGY-TV in New York from the steps of the State Capitol in
Albany, New York. It aired both the image and voice of Governor Alfred E.
Smith as he delivered his acceptance speech of his Democratic Nomination for
President in August of 1928. The first mobile television units for outdoor
events were obtained from RCA manufacturing Company in Camden, New Jersey by
NBC station W2XBT in New York City on December 12, 1937. A microwave tower
transmitter atop the Empire State Building was the mobile vans transmission
link. The first "color" mobile television units were in operation January 1,
1954 under the direction of NBC station WNBT, New York City.
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