November 30, 2013 by dontbringlulubook
On the 50th anniversary of the assassination of the 35th president of the United States, there’ve been many programmes and pieces of journalism looking back to the death of the country’s first Irish Catholic leader.
Many of the coverage highlighted that the event in 1963 brought TV news into its own – much of the story was covered live. Newspapers like the Forth Worth Telegram and Dallas Morning News struggled to keep up with the pace of the fast moving story, competing with the TV cameras.
Ironically, the BBC in London was slow to react to the shooting – there was a party going on attended by many of the key news producers.
Perhaps that was part of the Corporation’s decision to appoint a news organiser based in Manhattan in 1967 – Ron Onions was the first to take the post.