TELEVISION QUARTERLY SPOTLIGHTS DOCUMENTARIES
OF 60’S BY THE THREE BROADCAST NETS & PBS
New York, N.Y. – June 27, 2006 – A review of early television network documentaries is the cover story in the Spring/Summer 2006 issue of Television Quarterly “Where Are the Documentaries of Yesteryear?” by Greg Vitiello, who observes that all three networks dealt with racial and economic inequality in the 1960’s. “The early documentarians deserve special praise for speaking out at a time when the television medium was subject to a Cold War-driven blacklist,” states Vitiello. Despite the cancellation of Edward R. Murrow’s “See It Now” in 1958, Vitiello documents and analyzes a period of growth for new documentaries series in the 60’s: CBS Reportswhich premiered in 1959, ABC’s Closeup(1960) and NBC’s White Paper (1960) and the work at NET (National Education Television) by documentary filmmaker Morton Silverstein.
Other highlights of the current Television Quarterly include “Disguised as News,”by John V. Pavlik, which examines the use of video news releases in news coverage; “Laughter Helps Interpret the News,” by Kristen Heflin, who demonstrates how The Daily Show with Jon Stewart offers intensely critical commentary on press and politicians – commentary that is often lacking in traditional news outlets; “Why Do Advertisers Still Covet the 18-49s?” by veteran TV comedy writer Earl Pomerantz, who asks how much available cash does the coveted demographic actually have and suggests that the over-50s have the time to watch TV and the discretionary income to spend; “Eyes off the Prize,” by attorney Michael Epstein, who shows how copyright problems resulted in the disappearance of one of television’s cultural treasures, Eyes on the Prize; and “Jack Paar at the Berlin Wall,” by Hal Gurnee, who directed the late-night comedian’s 1961 landmark program.
The journal of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Television Quarterly is edited by Frederick (Fritz) A. Jacobi and posted at www.tvquarterly.com . The magazine can be downloaded in its entirety or by individual article.
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