CBC Television Network

Dawn of the Eye

Network: CBC Television Network

Broadcast Run: 1997

Broadcast Medium: Television

Aired Sunday nights from January 19, 1997 to February 16, 1997

This five part series of one-hour programs was a co-production of CBC and BBC. It was led by Mark Starowicz who brought As It Happens to radio and The Journal to television. This series was a short, critical history of broadcast news; how it came into being and how it developed into all-news networks such as CNN.

Although television only came into homes in North America in the early 1950s, Dawn of the Eye looked at 100 years of visual newsgathering including newsreels that captured historical events on film.

Episode 1 – Born Among The Clowns
Episode 2 – Inventing Television News
Episode 3 – The Power and the Image
Episode 4 – Electronic Battalions
Episode 5 – Embattled Witness  

Written by John Corcelli – April, 2006