Sid Schweiger
Wed Aug 19 16:23:15 EDT 2009

"I saw Hewitt give a lecture at Harvard years ago. Told the story of
how the City of Boston was going to ruin CBS with a lawsuit over this
program in 1961.

WHDH-TV almost lost the coveted CBS affilation when they buckled to
Mayor Collins demanding the show not air in Boston.  Paley tried to
buy another station in Boston but there were no options."

According to Fred Friendly, the producer most associated with Edward R. Murrow and later president of CBS News, CBS lawyers advised the network to black out the program in Boston.  They had due-process concerns about any trials that might arise from the charges made in the program.

Sid Schweiger
IT Manager, Entercom New England
20 Guest St / 3d Floor
Brighton MA  02135-2040

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