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Trivia Quiz - TV Newscasts: The Early Days


In this day of 24 hour nonstop news channels it is remarkable to think about how TV newscasts have progressed. These questions are about the early days of television news.

Quiz Number: 2957
Date Submitted: December 15, 2008
Quiz Categories: TV News Shows
Quiz Type: General Quiz
Author: Samurai Sam
Average Score: 52.3 percent
Times Taken: 39 times
Taken by Registered Users: 6

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TV Newscasts The Early Days
(Image Source: Walter Cronkite @ Stanford University)

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1. Who hosted "Camel News Caravan", which was broadcast on NBC from 1949 to 1956?
  A.   Charles Kuralt
  B.   Walter Cronkite
  C.   John Cameron Swayze
  D.   Chet Huntley

2. Walter Compton and later Morgan Beatty anchored the evening newscast for what television network in the early 1950s?
  A.   NBC
  B.   ABC
  C.   CBS
  D.   DuMont

3. Who preceded Walter Cronkite as news anchor on CBS?
  A.   Chet Huntley
  B.   Douglas Edwards
  C.   Howard K. Smith
  D.   John Chancellor

4. In the early days of television, newscasts were typically how long?
  A.   5 minutes
  B.   10 minutes
  C.   15 minutes
  D.   30 minutes

5. NBC broadcast "The Huntley-Brinkley Report" from 1956 to 1970. Out of what two cities were Chet Huntley and David Brinkley, respectively, based?
  A.   New York and Washington, D.C.
  B.   New York and Los Angeles
  C.   New York and Philadelphia
  D.   New York and Chicago

6. What phrase did Edward R. Murrow say at the end of each broadcast of "See It Now", the forerunner of today's newsmagazine show?
  A.   "And that's the way it is"
  B.   "And that's the news"
  C.   "Goodnight and good luck"
  D.   "Keep your feet on the ground and your head in the stars"

7. Charles Daly, who hosted "ABC's World News Tonight" from 1953 to 1960, also hosted what game show?
  A.   To Tell the Truth
  B.   What's My Line?
  C.   The Price is Right
  D.   Password

8. Which of the following was NOT a news anchor on "The Today Show"?
  A.   Frank Blair
  B.   Tom Brokaw
  C.   Chris Wallace
  D.   Tony Guida

9. What female reporter was paired with former CBS newsman Harry Reasoner as co-anchor of "ABC's World News Tonight" in 1976?
  A.   Jane Pauley
  B.   Barbara Walters
  C.   Joan Lunden
  D.   Dianne Sawyer

10. What network newscast was the first to use videotape?
  A.   "ABC World News Tonight"
  B.   CBS Evening News"
  C.   "NBC Nightly News"
  D.   "Good Morning America"


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