Broadcast History - November 26

Broadcast History - November 26

Postby jon » Wed Nov 25, 2020 9:02 pm

In 1927, Mr. Dressup, Ernie Coombs was born in Lewiston, Maine. He came to Canada in 1963 with Fred Rogers of Mr. Roger's Neighbourhood fame. Ernie suffered a stroke on September 10, 2001, and died eight days later, at the age of 73.


In 1952, Canada's first televised football game was seen (only) on CBLT-TV Toronto. It was the Grey Cup game between the Edmonton Eskimos and the Toronto Argonauts at Varsity Stadium in Toronto. The Canadian Rugby Union (CRU) received $7500 for the television broadcast rights for the game. The CRU was the CFL's predecessor.

In 2006, Larry Henderson died. In 1954, CBC-TV Program Director Mavor Moore appointed Larry as the face of CBC-TV News. Previously, CBC Radio announcers had read five minute news bulletins on television, and were directed to "not distract viewers with their words." But Larry's shows quickly expanded to 15 minutes, twice a day, with film and still pictures for stronger visual impact. He was Canada's first TV News Anchor. Larry's strong television presence came at a price, as he was known to swear on-air, read so quickly as to be unintelligible when directed to speed up, and storm off the set when technical problems occurred.

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