Television: Back Seat

CBS and its No. 1 newsman, Edward R. Murrow, have long enjoyed a reputation as front runners in their field. Last week, while shining in one form of TV journalism (see below), they took a back seat in reporting the news. When the news was flashed shortly after 10:48 p.m., E.S.T., that the U.S. had launched its first earth satellite, CBS had Murrow himself on camera, chatting with Actor Cyril Ritchard on Person to Person about such weighty questions as "What is the most important thing in the world to you?" Rival NBC, which...

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