COMMENTS: Blind Leading the Blind
For TV news junkies, CBS anchor Katie Couric tipped her hat to her pioneering predecessor, Douglas Edwards. Edwards' first CBS-TV News, a 15-minute black-and-white newscast, premiered exactly 60 years ago. Back in 1948 "only one in ten Americans had even seen a television set" and the network extended to just three stations: New York City, Philadelphia and Baltimore. Edwards' producer was "the legendary" Don Hewitt, warming up for 60 Minutes. Couric pointed out that the teleprompter had not yet been invented: "Hewitt once tried to get Edwards to learn Braille so he could read while looking directly at the camera. Doug said: 'No thanks.'"
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