Television news has undergone a remarkable transformation since its inception in the 1940s. From John Cameron Swayze’s Camel News Caravan to Walter Cronkite’s CBS Evening News, evening newscasts drew millions of viewers. With the founding of CNN in 1980, TV news expanded to 24 hours/day, seven days/week. Then, in 1996, MSNBC and Fox News came along with a more partisan approach to news. Brian Rose looks at these sweeping changes and examines the impact, both good and bad, on television journalism over the last 70+ years.
Brian Rose is a professor emeritus at Fordham University, where he taught for 38 years in the Department of Communication and Media Studies. He has written several books on television history and cultural programming and conducted more than a hundred Q&A’s with leading directors, actors, and writers for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, the Screen Actors Guild, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, and the Directors Guild of America.