By BroadCasting & Cable Staff -- Broadcasting & Cable, 10/29/2000 7:00:00 PM
CBS Radio sent millions of Americans into a panic when it aired Orson Welles' radio play ofThe War of the Worldson Oct. 30, 1938. And, according to the Nov. 15, 1938, issue of Broadcasting, once the frenzy died, most letters to newspapers expressed amazement at those who were duped, while the rest complained about the "shoddy programming."
Broadcasting also noted that CBS was criticized for using news techniques in a radio play, and critics said the hoax pointed to radio's weakness as a news source.
Broadcasting editorialized that newspapers hyped the controversy. And the magazine noted that few had mentioned that half the letters to the FCC praised the program.
But Broadcasting (and the FCC and news organizations) agreed that words like "flash" and "bulletin" should be restricted to real news.
No related content found.
No Top Articles
Digital Rapids provides market-leading software and hardware solutions, technology and expertise for transforming live and on-demand video to reach wider audiences on the latest viewing platforms more efficiently, more effectively and more profitably. Empowering applications from..more