JFK: Breaking the News

Written by Holly on Sunday November 22, 2009

JFKreportersreact46 years ago today, Presiden John F. Kennedy was fatally shot while riding in a presidential motorcade in Dallas, Texas.

The documentary JFK: BREAKING THE NEWS looks at the broadcast coverage of the assassination and shows how closely the television medium and its audiences are joined in times of crisis. The documentary is one of the first broadcast examinations of how local journalists in 1963 delivered rapidly breaking news to a nation in despair.

Narrated by Jane Pauley, JFK: BREAKING THE NEWS allows television audiences to understand the tremendous technical obstacles that had to be overcome and the immediate journalistic decisions that accompanied the initial live remote broadcasts generated by television more than four decades ago.

Tune in for JFK: BREAKING THE NEWS tonight, Sunday November 22, at 6pm.