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CBS Evening News Expands to Half Hour (1963)

The CBS Evening News is the chief nightly news program of the American television network CBS. The network has broadcast the program since 1948, when it was called The CBS-TV News. Legendary journalist Walter Cronkite took over as the program's anchor in 1962, and the following year, the show was expanded from 15 minutes to 30 minutes, becoming network television's first half-hour nightly news program. When Cronkite retired in 1981, who replaced him as the show's anchor? More...
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CBS Evening News Expands to Half Hour (1963)
The CBS Evening News is the chief nightly news program of the American television network CBS. The network has broadcast the program since 1948, when it was called The CBS-TV News. Legendary journalist Walter Cronkite took over as the program's anchor in 1962, and the following year, the show was expanded from 15 minutes to 30 minutes, becoming network television's first half-hour nightly news program.
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A half-hour may not seem like a big deal in this era of 24-hour cable news, but in 1963, it revolutionized journalism. It was heralded in the press and even got the attention of the president, who gave Cronkite an exclusive interview for the debut broadcast.

"At his summer White House in Hyannis Port on Massachusetts' Cape Cod, President Kennedy today talked with this reporter of many things," Cronkite said on the first 30-minute broadcast.

Including Vietnam. Kennedy's comments set off a debate that continues today, about what he would have done about the war -- if he had lived.

"In the final analysis, it's their war," he said. "They're the ones who have to win it or lose it. We can help them. We can give them equipment. We can send our men out there as advisers. But they have to win it -- the people of Vietnam -- against the Communists."
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