The Press: The Evening Duet

Five nights a week, around dinnertime, the TV sets in some 3,916,000 U.S. homes* are tuned to a 15-minute news program, NBC's Huntley-Brinkley Report. Although CBS's Doug Edwards commands a slightly larger audience, no other television newscast has collected more major awards (seven in all) or has tried Report's distinctive formula: two newscasters of equal rank, working from different cities as a team.

The NBC evening duet by Chester Robert Huntley (New York) and David McClure Brinkley (Washington) presents the news with unusual (for TV) restraint: its stars are both unexcitable men who seldom pontificate but project an air of unassuming authority...

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