39 Years Ago In TIME

With a generational shift taking place in the network anchor chairs, some wonder if the evening news can survive intact. But when TIME put CBS's WALTER CRONKITE on the cover, the newscasts were riding high.

Cronkite has constructed an on-screen personality that makes him the single most convincing and authoritative figure in TV news--no mean rank in a medium where competition is uncompromising, where the three nationwide networks scrutinize one another's shows and crib from one another's operations in a desperate drive for the top of the ratings. As a better-informed public has demanded more and more information about current events, TV...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

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