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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)

StudioEdit

Mansfield Theater, New York City, NY

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