a head for news

Who’s a camera?

Toronto. In the 1950s TV was rapidly taking hold as a source for daily news (not the mess of so called “entertainment” we see today amongst the plethora of commercials). Newsreels of the day were shot on film in clips, edited and spliced before being broadcast. And as usual, demanded a tripod for stability so viewers didn’t feel sea-sick.

The November 14 issue of LIFE magazine near the end of 1955, posted this photograph of Bill Horton of Oklahoma City station KWTV in city council with his improvised replacement for the heavy tripod usually used in TV newsreels. Bill’s photograph appears in the Miscellany column of LIFE ┬ámagazine (page 204). A thanks to Goldie for catching this bit of history!

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