News & Sport


1 9 5 7 - 1 9 6 5 (UK) Tonight was broadcast every weekday, beginning in 1957 with an audience of just 1 million, but by the end of the year soaring past the 5 million mark. The start of Tonight followed the death of the magazine Picture Post, and some of the show's most popular contributors came from(...)

Walter Cronkite

The commentary of former CBS Evening News anchorman Walter Cronkite defined issues and events in America for almost two decades. Cronkite, whom a major poll once named the "most trusted figure" in American public life, often saw every nuance in his nightly newscasts scrutinised by politicians, intellectuals, and fellow journalists for clues to the thinking(...)

Weekend World

1 9 7 2 - 1 9 8 8 (UK) News and current affairs hit Sunday lunchtimes in 1972 as Peter Jay began presenting London Weekend's Weekend World, a mix of interviews with politicians and analyses of social and economic trends. Brian Walden took over in 1977 and, being a former Labour MP, added an authority to(...)

World Championship Wrestling

1 9 6 4 - 1 9 7 8 (Australia) The Australian Channel 9 show World Championship Wrestling featured unlikely looking (and oddly named) stars such as Killer Karl Kox, Mario Milano (the original Italian Stallion), Spiros Arion and Abdullah The Butcher. For thousands of families around Australia, no Sunday lunch was complete without tuning in to Gentleman(...)

World of Sport

World of Sport

1 9 6 5 - 1 9 8 5 (UK) World of Sport was created in January 1965 as a Saturday afternoon rival to Grandstand. The show tried valiantly to compete with its BBC rival for 20 years before finally throwing in the towel. Although as an overall package it was never on terms with Grandstand (largely because the BBC(...)

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