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In today’s thousand channel news environment, it’s tough to envision a time when everyone was, more or less, on the same page; to recall a less contentious and fractured framework for disseminating information.
Such a time did truly exist. Sometime between Marconi and Musk, viewers enjoyed a reliable and secure sense that their news was true. It was the heyday of global network news coverage. Like today, viewers opinions differed wildly and like today, the narratives told often featured protagonists and antagonists. It was the delivery mechanism then that so contrasts the way we get our news today.
This was a time when the news landscape was owned by the “Big 3” networks. Yet, it was far from a monopoly. Each “Net” fervently represented their own historic brand and whose founders and stewards viewed news gathering and reporting as a sort of civic responsibility bestowed upon them by the FCC. The news divisions, with their vast assemblage of domestic and international bureaus, were everywhere and anywhere news happened. Their fact-based reporting and broadcasting were void of the talk show opinions and interpretations so omnipresent today. Budgets were enormous because viewership was enormous. Everyone’s ‘set’ was ‘tuned-in’ to the national news to get the straight scoop on what was happening in the world. Anchormen were more trusted than Presidents. The reporting was riveting, the stories were real. There was nothing ‘Fake’ about it…just like today.
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About the Author:
Tim Ortman spent 35 years working in television news, having worked for all major U.S television news networks. As an Emmy-award winning cameraman and producer, his understanding of the overall television production process is comprehensive with over three decades of experience shooting, lighting, editing, writing story editing, and producing.
Ortman’s globe-trotting travels have taken him on assignments to five continents, covering everything from war, revolution, terrorist attacks, and famine to Cold War Summits, the fall of Communism, Olympiads and Olympic Park bombings, presidential elections and the occasional press conference. But his chops were truly made on the front lines of news as part of the Foreign Press Corps. Based in Europe during the 80’s as an impressionable 20-something staff cameraman for NBC News, Ortman’s understanding of and appreciation for the news business was formed when it was at its most trustworthy zenith.