By Dennis Abrams
Barbara Walters is the main unforeseen of tv pioneers. The daughter of a nightclub proprietor, she possessed a said Boston accessory and a moderate speech obstacle making her an not going candidate for a occupation within the polished international of tv journalism, specifically at a time whilst jobs for ladies in tv information have been few and much among. but, in her approximately 50-year profession, Barbara Walters has damaged obstacles for ladies reporters all over the place. because the first lady cohost of the this present day express and the 1st coanchor of a nightly information convey, she has helped to reshape not just the function of girls in tv information but in addition the belief of ladies in society at huge. learn extra approximately this pioneering function version for generations of woman newshounds in Barbara Walters: tv Host and manufacturer.
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In her autobiography, Walters recalled that “those four years with Hugh and Joe were among the happiest years of my forty-years-and-counting tenure on television. The three of us appreciated one another’s respective talents, and rather than compete, we made one another look good. ”1 And indeed, those years came to a crashing halt in the fall of 1971, when Downs, one of Barbara Walters’s biggest 56 Difficulties fans and supporters, decided to leave The Today Show after nine years as host. While today it may seem surprising that Walters was never considered as a possible replacement, network executives then thought that she was still “just” a reporter and that hosting a program such as Today was for men only.
One, the network was afraid that if Frank McGee were chosen, it would become too much of an open competition between him and John Chancellor. Two, because all the other network’s reporters were white men, NBC News executives felt that Walters could contribute something different to the coverage. And three, because of the 12-hour time difference between New York and Beijing, when The Today Show aired live in the morning, Walters would still be appearing on the show but from Beijing, reporting live on the evening’s banquets, toasts, and cultural events.
1 By learning to write copy and edit film, she absorbed the basics that went into telling a good story on television—specifically, that if there is a strong beginning and an equally powerful ending, the middle section of the story does not have to be dramatic. It is a narrative formula that she still uses today. While the show may seem rather basic and simple by today’s standards, back then, the fact that a woman was producing the show was enough to get it noticed. The May 15, 1953, issue of TV Guide had an article about Walters titled “Young Producer,” calling her one of “the bright young people in responsible jobs”2 in television.
Barbara Walters: Television Host and Producer (Women of Achievement) by Dennis Abrams