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...