Prime-Time: The Life Of Edward R. Murrow Essay

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Murrow is the most distinguished and renowned figure in the history of American broadcast journalism. He was a seminal force in the creation and development of electronic news gathering as both a craft and a profession. Murrow's career began at CBS in 1935 and spanned the infancy of news and public affairs programming on radio through the ascendancy of television in the 1950s, as it eventually became the nation's most popular news medium. In 1961 Murrow left CBS to become director of the United States Information Agency for the new Kennedy administration. By that time, his peers were already referring to a “Murrow legend and tradition” of courage, integrity, social responsibility, and journalistic excellence, emblematic of the highest ideals of both broadcast news and the television industry in general. David Halberstam once observed in The Powers That Be that Murrow was “one of those rare legendary figures who was as good as his myth. “Murrow was apparently driven by the democratic precepts of modern liberalism and the more embracing Weltanschauung of the American Protestant tradition. In Alexander Kendrick's Prime-Time: The Life of Edward R. Morrow, for example, Murrow's brother, Dewey, described the intense religious and moral tutelage of his mother and father: “they branded us with…show more content…
This series was an adaptation of radio's popular Hear it Now which was also co-produced by Murrow and Fred W. Friendly. See it Now premiered in a half-hour format on 18 November 1951, opening with Murrow's characteristic restraint and directness: “This is an old team trying to learn a new trade.” By 20 April 1952, See it Now had been moved to prime-time where it stayed until July 1955, typically averaging around 3 million viewers. After that point, See it Now was expanded to an hour but telecast more irregularly on a special-events
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