The Berlin Wall | A city divided between East and West by the Cold War
CHANNEL | BBC Television Service
FIRST BROADCAST | 16 August 1961
DURATION | 1 minutes 58 seconds
Renowned journalist and broadcaster Ed Murrow describes his observations of the unrest on the East-West Berlin border as the Soviets tighten their control, drawing comparisons with Hitler's occupation of the Rhineland.
Ed Murrow worked for American network the Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS) and famously reported from Europe during World War II with support from the BBC. His daily broadcasts from London included some that were sent live during air raids. He also flew on bombing missions to Germany and was one of the first to report on the liberation of Buchenwald concentration camp. Another great feat of his career was the TV programme 'See It Now', which challenged McCarthyism and even Senator Joseph McCarthy himself. Chain-smoking throughout, Murrow also famously coined the phrase 'Good Night and Good Luck' on the show.
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