Press Conference (Series) (1954-1961)

For provocative, unrehearsed interviews with the men and women who are making news, many Canadians had taken to listening or to watching Press Conference, which is just what its name suggests: a group of newspaper reporters quizzing a public figure on an important issue, before microphones and TV cameras rather than in a conference room.

On this half-hour public affairs broadcast, three or four journalists questioned a politician, newsmaker, or other authority on current issues at a municipal, provincial, federal, or international level. The series started on CBC radio in 1951. It was carried simultaneously on television and radio starting in 1954, and in 1956 the radio broadcast was dropped from the schedule. The discussion took place in an office setting, meant to reflect the position and personality of the interview subject. During the 1955-56 season, the show originated in various cities, including Ottawa, Toronto, Winnipeg, Vancouver, New York, and London.

The program was usually seen on alternate Tuesdays.

Arthur Blakely....Panelist
Blair Fraser....Panelist
Robert McKeown....Moderator

Original Broadcaster(s): CBC

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