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Hosts
John Charles Daly (1951-1953)
Walter Cronkite (1954)
Announcers
Art Hannes
Bill Hamilton
Bob Sherry
Bob Dixon
Broadcast (CBS Primetime)
It's News to Me 1951 Debut
It's News To Me alt
Special: 5/11/1951
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Daly era: 7/2/1951 - 9/12/1953
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It's News to Me
Cronkite era: 7/9/1954 - 8/27/1954
Packager
Mark Goodson/Bill Todman Productions
Distributor
CBS Television Productions

It's News To Me was a precursor to Liar's Club and somewhat a derivative of What's My Line?

GameplayEdit

Each typical episode contains two contestant rounds, followed by a newsmaker round, and occasionally followed by an additional contestant round.

Contestant RoundEdit

Each round was a bluffing game where contestants attempted to determine if answers that was given by one of the panelists was true or false.

The contestant was staked to $20 (later $30) at the beginning of the game. The contestant and panelists were then shown an item or items including props, drawings, photographs, or motion picture/newsreel footage. Sometimes a dramatic performance (example: Goodson-Todman staffer Frank Wayne appears giving part of a speech) was presented. A panelist chosen by the emcee would then supply a story that would tie the item to a news event, past or present. The contestant would then decide if the panelist's story was true or false. The contestant earned $5 (later $10) for a correct decision and $5 (later $10) was deducted for an incorrect decision. Play continued until all four panelists had played and the contestant kept whatever money that was earned at the end.

Eyewitness/Newsmaker RoundEdit

In this round, eyewitnesses or participants involved with news events in the past or present would play a game similar to I've Got a Secret. The panelists would question the guest to determine the identity of the news event. If the panel failed to identify the event within two minutes, the newsmaker would receive $100. If the panel identified the news event, the guest received $50.

PanelistsEdit

Anna Lee
Nina Foch
Quincy Howe
Robin Chandler
John Henry Faulk
Mel Allen
Quentin Reynolds

SponsorsEdit

Alcoa Corporation (f/k/a Aluminum Company of America)
BP p.l.c. (f/k/a American Oil Company, later Amoco Corporation, then BP Amoco PLC)

RatingEdit

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YouTube VideosEdit

1951-53 VersionEdit

The May 11, 1951 premiere

July 20, 1952 show
Older GSN airing
Newer GSN airing, part 1
Newer GSN airing, part 2

July 27, 1952 show

1954 VersionEdit

Opening credits
Clip of the Eyewitness round

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