|John Charles Daly (1951-1953)|
Walter Cronkite (1954)
|Broadcast (CBS Primetime)|
|Mark Goodson/Bill Todman Productions|
|CBS Television Productions|
Each typical episode contains two contestant rounds, followed by a newsmaker round, and occasionally followed by an additional contestant round.
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.
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.
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