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Decade That Shaped Television News: CBS in the 1950s

Decade That Shaped Television News: CBS in the 1950s

by Sig Mickelson


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Television news made meteoric progress in the 1950s. It rose from being a plaything for the rich to a major factor in informing the American public, and an aggressive rival to newspapers, radio, and news magazines. This volume is an insider's account of the arduous and frequently critical steps undertaken by inexperienced staffs in the development of television news, documentaries, and sports broadcasts. The author, the first president of CBS News, provides a treasure trove of facts and anecdotes about plotting in the corridors, the ascendancy of stars, and the retirement into oblivion of the less favored.

This volume is an important contribution to the history of television journalism and will appeal both to journalism and broadcasting scholars and to those interested in the meteoric rise of television.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780275955670
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 08/27/1998
Series: Collection
Pages: 264
Sales rank: 1,176,142
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)
Lexile: 1280L (what's this?)

About the Author

SIG MICKELSON is a Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University and Distinguished Professor of Journalism at the Manship School of Mass Communication at Louisiana State University. He has served as Vice President of CBS, Inc., and was the first president of CBS News. He is the author of America's Other Voice (Praeger, 1983) and From Whistle Stop to Sound Bite (Praeger, 1989), and the editor of The First Amendment—The Challenge of New Technology (Praeger, 1989).

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Decade That Shaped Television News

The Search for a Road Map

The First Awkward Steps

A New Star on the Horizon

Driving Television's Golden Spike

A New Species of Documentary: The Birth of "See It Now"

Breaking New Ground

Blacklisting and the Exploitation of Fear

Not So Strange Bedfellows: Politics and Television

Television News Comes of Age

The Great Airplane Race

The Corporation Declares a Cease-Fire

Aftermath of the Cease-Fire

Spare the Rod but Don't Spoil the Picture

Combat in the Corporate Stratosphere

The Changing of the Guard

Filling the "See It Now" Void: The Birth of "CBS Reports"

The Happy Couple: Pigskin and Image Orthicon Tube

Carrying the Olympic Torch to Television

In Pursuit of the Dollar

The End of the Decade



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