Camel News Caravan with John Cameron Swayze

Camel News Caravan

We are accustomed to watching live news events from around the globe at any time day or night on our televisions, laptops, and even our mobile phones, but before 1948 news events were not a part of television. We learned about the world outside our towns from our newspapers and saw film of news events weeks later in movie theaters. On February 16, 1948 the NBC television network began broadcasting a nightly ten minute news show using newsreels that were produced for movie theaters to show before their main feature. John Cameron Swayzie provided narration for the movie newsreels, and they became so popular that the next year, on Valentines Day 1949, NBC expanded the news program to fifteen minutes and hired their own cameramen to roam the world filming news stories instead of relying on the movie newsreel companies. Camel cigarettes sponsored the news program every night until 1955 when the Plymouth automobile company sponsored two nights a week, with Camel sponsoring the other three week nights. In 1956 John Cameron Swayzie was replaced by the team of David Brinkley and Chet Huntley. Then President Dwight Eisenhower was so upset that John Cameron Swayzie was removed from the nightly news show that he complained to the NBC White House correspondent.

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Friday September 19, 1952 - Camel News Caravan network news program
Starring John Cameron Swayze, Senator Richard Nixon, John Wayne and Rita Hayworth

Tuesday September 28, 1954 - Camel News Caravan with John Cameron Swayze
Starring David Brinkley, Cleveland Indians, Willie Mays and General Matthew Ridgeway

Monday April 18, 1954 - Camel News Caravan with John Cameron Swayze
Starring David Brinkley, Doctor Albert Einstein, Phillip J. Hickey and William J. Byrd

Wednesday April 20, 1954 - Camel News Caravan with John Cameron Swayze
Starring David Brinkley, Admiral Arthur Radford, Samuel Goldwyn and Mary Pickford