The Walter Compton News

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The Walter Compton News
Format News
Starring Walter Compton
Country of origin  United States
Production
Running time 15 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel DuMont
Original run June 16, 1947 – January 1948

The Walter Compton News was an American television news series that aired from 1947 to 1948 on the DuMont Television Network Monday through Friday from 6:45pm to 7pm ET.

Broadcast history[edit]

The Walter Compton News premiered on DuMont station WTTG on June 16, 1947, then on the DuMont network on August 25, 1947, but was reportedly off the air by January 1948. This show had movie publicist Compton (1912-1959)[1] reading news from a script with the occasional use of slides.[2] Beginning on November 17, General Electric became a sponsor of The Walter Compton News.[3] In 1942, Compton had been host of Quiz of Two Cities, aired by Mutual Radio on WOL-AM in Washington DC, and on WFBR-AM in Baltimore.[4]

Premiering in January 1948, Camera Headlines was a second attempt by DuMont to present a TV news program, this time using newsreel film footage. Camera Headlines alternated with I.N.S. Telenews.

It may also have been the first nightly television newscast to appear over a network, although it is possible that a television simulcast of Lowell Thomas' NBC Blue Radio Network newscast in 1940 and 1941 may have been seen, at least occasionally, on W2XB Schenectady and/or W3XE Philadelphia, but records are also quite sketchy.

Episode status[edit]

As with many DuMont programs, no episodes of The Walter Compton News are known to survive. Kinescopes were not available until the fall of 1947, and were used sparingly in the early years. Little else is known about the series, even though it aired on a major United States television network.

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