ERIC Number: ED205963
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Aug
Reference Count: 0
"The Strange Birth of 'CBS Reports'" Revisited.
Baughman, James L.
Aired by the Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS) during the 1960s, "CBS Reports" proved to be one of that network's most honored efforts at television news coverage. CBS chairman, William S. Paley, based his decision to air the show on the presence of a sponsor and in response to the prospect of an open-ended Federal Communications Commission (FCC) inquiry into network operations and a critics' tempest over the departure of another CBS News Program, "See It Now." The path of "CBS Reports" serves to illustrate two points: the economics of programing in the 1950s did matter greatly to at least one network deciding for prime time news, and critics and regulators probably did influence such determinations. (HOD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Broadcast History; CBS Reports
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Education in Journalism (64th, East Lansing, MI, August 8-11, 1981).