May 3,1948 - April 13,1962
Douglas Edwards with the News
Original title: CBS Television News
On May 3, 1948, Douglas Edwards began "The CBS-TV News," a regular 15-minute nightly newscast later named "Douglas Edwards with the News." It was broadcast nationally weeknights at 7:30 PM (EST).
This was the first regularly scheduled weekday television news program in American history.
It should be noted that prior to the historic premiere May 3, 1948 weekday CBS-TV News broadcast there were other CBS TV News broadcasts and anchors dating back to Larry LeSuer, doing a 15 minute newscast beginning in June 1946 on Thursday evenings and Saturday evenings with also Tom O’Connor handling the weekend newscast as well.
On November 30, 1956, the first network news show to be videotaped for rebroadcast to the West Coast was achieved. This video tape is not known to exist today as is most of all of Douglas' news broadcasts, in any broadcast form.
On April 16, 1962, Walter Cronkite succeeded Edwards as CBS's evening newscaster. Douglas Edwards continued to broadcast the local WCBS nightly weekly newscast. He also did a five-minute daytime newscast until April 1, 1988.
NOTE: This was the third from last CBS NEWS WITH DOUGLAS EDWARDS newscast with Douglas Edwards at the anchor desk, ending am amazing fourteen year run. Five days later Walter Cronkite would replace Edwards in that chair.
News reported include:
President Kennedy condemns irresponsibility of steel companies
in raising the price of steel, Byron White's appointment as a Supreme Court justice is approved, Fidel Castro to release some sick Cuban POW's, George Rockwell Nazi troopers arrive in New York, talk about their movement.