Jan 12, 2011
And now, from the American Archive: Edward R. Murrow extolling the wonders of "new" educational TV
Before updating attendees (don't forget, Jan. 31 is deadline for inventory grants), White showed an American Archive promo that brought a delighted round of applause: It contained a grainy, black and white recording of legendary newsman Edward R. Murrow, cigarette in hand, talking about that day's launch of a service called "educational television." Addressing the viewer on Sept. 16, 1962, he intones, "Commercial television did not completely fill the promise of this medium. That's why educational television was conceived ... If occasionally it brings laughter to your lips, I trust that on occasion it will bring a tear to your eye."
"If newness be its vice," he said of this brand-new network, "then boldness be its virtue."
Posted by Dru at 6:07 PM