EDWARD R. MURROW
Voice of America
Explores the life and career of the man who was the conscience of TV news and remains one of its most enduring legends. He virtually invented broadcast journalism, setting all its standards and breaking all its rules. Murrow is a pivotal figure in the history of TV news, but before he helped define that medium he was already revered for his brilliant radio coverage of World War II. In bringing the epic struggle to millions of listeners worldwide, he became known as the "voice of America." This program includes extensive clips of his historic broadcasts along with footage from his career as a television pioneer. Discover how the insightful "hard news" programs he considered his best work never got the ratings he hoped for, and how he soon learned to give the viewers what they wanted creating the light, "frothy" celebrity profile that many feel is the curse of TV journalism to this day. Extensive interviews with colleagues and friends explore this professional paradox, and reveal how it spilled over into his private life. Biographer Joseph Persico helps put his remarkable legacy into perspective.
This title is part of the series: 20TH CENTURY
6 and up
Approximately 45–50 minutes