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JFK Assassination -- As It Was Aired On CBS

Tue Nov 19, 2013 10:00 pm

Uncut, unedited, as it was aired on the afternoon of November 22, 1963...Walter Cronkite reporting.

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Re: JFK Assassination -- As It Was Aired On CBS

Wed Nov 20, 2013 2:36 am

Astonishing, thank you.

The moment in part 6 when Cronkite makes the official announcement and struggles to maintain his composure is perhaps the most affecting piece of TV news ever.

Re: JFK Assassination -- As It Was Aired On CBS

Wed Nov 20, 2013 3:50 am

Thanks for posting these. Such a tragic event.

Re: JFK Assassination -- As It Was Aired On CBS

Wed Nov 20, 2013 7:28 pm

FYI, CBS is planning to stream all 90 hours of its coverage from those 4 days in real time starting at 1:40 EST on Friday.

Here is the link: http://www.cbsnews.com/videos/jfk-assassination/

It is a neat time capsule. You'll notice how hard it was to cover the story on live TV back then.

A nice piece about this coverage, too: http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2013/11/how-to-watch-the-kennedy-assassination-coverage-as-it-happened/281568/
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Re: JFK Assassination -- As It Was Aired On CBS

Wed Nov 20, 2013 7:44 pm

Were an event of this magnitude to occur today, Brian Williams sits at the desk, looks into the camera and reports live.

On the day of the Kennedy assassination, the CBS Newsdesk did not have a camera of its own. They had to go grab one from a neighboring studio. And then, the beast needed 20 minutes or so to warm up before it could be used. That's why the initial reporting by Cronkite was by voice only. He went to the radio studio, and they patched him over to the TV network feed.

Re: JFK Assassination -- As It Was Aired On CBS

Wed Nov 20, 2013 10:12 pm

elvisjock wrote:Were an event of this magnitude to occur today, Brian Williams sits at the desk, looks into the camera and reports live.

On the day of the Kennedy assassination, the CBS Newsdesk did not have a camera of its own. They had to go grab one from a neighboring studio. And then, the beast needed 20 minutes or so to warm up before it could be used. That's why the initial reporting by Cronkite was by voice only. He went to the radio studio, and they patched him over to the TV network feed.


That's exactly right. No one thought to keep a hot camera ready. NBC News had a similar problem.

Re: JFK Assassination -- As It Was Aired On CBS

Sun Nov 24, 2013 5:09 pm

Thank you for those great clips. The tragedy took not only America but the whole wide world by surprise.

Re: JFK Assassination -- As It Was Aired On CBS

Sun Nov 24, 2013 7:36 pm

Watch the live stream over the next hour, and witness the murder of Oswald. It was broadcast live to a shocked national audience.