Television

in the 1960s

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Before the 60s

In 1953, the first color telecast was made, which spread so fast that by the 1960s, most telecasts were in color. Since televisions were in such high demand, when they went into color, everyone went out and got one. Television was becoming a big part of people's’ lives.(Marshall 2015).

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In the Beginning of the Decade

In 1960 Nixon/Kennedy debate was the first televised presidential debate. This changed how we decided to vote for our presidents. TV really started to matter to society as a way to stay connected and be up to date.("5 surprising things that 1960s TV changed." 2015)

Body Language - Nixon is sweating [1960] - Debate with Kennedy

1962-63

Mai Goode became the first black network correspondent on 10 September 1962, covering the United Nations for ABC. This showed African Americans made advancements in television. Although they were almost always involved in television from the beginning. ("The 1960s: Media: People in the News." 2015 )

People of color started to be in serious documentaries in 1962-63.”The powerful medium of television provided King and the other leaders the opportunity to increase the white viewing audience's awareness of their civil rights cause.” (AFRICAN AMERICANS IN TELEVISION” 2015)


In 1963 there was television coverage of the assassination of Kennedy. This showed that television started to become an important source of news. Also that television became a fast source of news. The news covered the post-assassination events as they went on.("The 1960s: Media: Overview." 2015)
ABC-TV (11/22/63) (TWO HOURS OF JFK ASSASSINATION COVERAGE)

Mid-60s

In 1965, “A Charlie Brown Christmas” came out. It was a 30-minute animated special. It first appeared on CBS television on December 9, 1965. So television wasn’t just about real actors, it also had animated shows too.(Westfahl 2015)

In 1966, one of the long time favorites, “Star Trek: The Original Series” premiered on NBC. This show featured an Asian-American actor George Takei. Along with an African-American actress Nichelle Nichols. Both of them in leading roles.("Pioneers of Television Timeline." 2015)

Also in 1966, The ''Batman'' TV series premiered on ABC. It was one of the more famous shows of the 60s. The series was a huge hit. Also this series automatically changed the TV landscape.("Pioneers of Television Timeline." 2015)

Late 60s

In 1969 news about space was televised. 720 million people watched Neil Armstrong walk on the moon live. It wasn’t just America watching though, the historical event was televised worldwide.("5 surprising things that 1960s TV changed." 2015)

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Into the 70s

In the 1970s television started to seriously address children's programming. There were stations for adults to watch, but there weren’t any for children. In addition, certain content had to be controlled on television programs. So finally in 1970s they made Television “kid-friendly” .("The 1960s: Media: Overview." 2015)

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