This Shiver (ITV Studios) documentary reveals what happened behind-the-scenes on some of the most momentous breaking news events in our lifetime - as told by those caught up in the real-life drama, those in the newsrooms and those responsible for delivering these newsflashes into millions of people's homes. News stories covered include the death of Diana, Princess of Wales (1997); the assassination of President Kennedy in Dallas (1963); the coal-tip landslide in Aberfan (1966); the Lockerbie Air Disaster (1988); the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York (2001); the start of Operation Desert Storm during the Gulf War (1991); the dramatic end of the Iranian Embassy siege in London (1980); and the announcement of the death of the Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother (2002). Written by
Did You Know?
The assassination of President John F Kennedy led to a change in policy at CBS News and in other newsrooms. In the early 1960s, TV cameras took about 20 minutes to warm up to the point that they could produce pictures, so for the first 20 minutes, the news reports read by Walter Cronkite
were voice-only, accompanied by a caption slide. Since then, newsroom cameras at CBS were left switched on 24/7 in case they were needed at short notice. See more
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