Public Affairs: Newsmagazine of the Air

Nothing preoccupies thoughtful electronic journalists quite so much as the problem of giving depth to TV news coverage. For all their frequent excellence and immediacy, nightly newscasts are usually too pressed for time to give more than perfunctory treatment to significant events. On the other hand, longer public-affairs programs are rarely able to deal with more than one subject. In pursuit of a solution, CBS last week presented its own television version of a newsmagazine, a biweekly program called 60 Minutes (Tuesday, 10-11 p.m.).

Introducing the show on the air, the able and affable Harry Reasoner explained that it was...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!