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American national radio and television network (1928 - )

Originally named the Columbia Broadcasting System, CBS began as a radio network in 1928 when William Paley bought the chain of stations from United Independent Broadcasters. Recognized over its existence as the premier news outlet in American television, CBS set the standard for TV news by expanding its nightly coverage to 30 minutes in the 1960's with Walter Cronkite as the anchor. Among it's other memorable broadcasts are Orson Welles' radio play, War of the Worlds, broadcast in 1938, and the long-running TV series 60 Minutes, an investigative news show. Edward R. Murrow brought world acclaim to the network with his news broadcasts in the 1950's highlighted by Murrow's showdown with Senator Joseph McCarthy over his communist witch hunts throughout American government and society in general.

Submitted By:  Mark McClellan


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