TV Guide Close-Up: This Is Early Bird

Here’s a TV Guide Close-Up from May 1965 promoting “This Is Early Bird” on ABC, CBS, and NBC:

Scanned black and white TV Guide Close-Up for This Is Early Bird
TV Guide Close-Up for This Is Early Bird – Copyright 1965 Triangle Publications, Inc.

“This Is Early Bird” was the inaugural program transmitted via the Early Bird (officially Intelsat I) communications satellite. Early Bird made trans-Atlantic television transmission possible. The live, hour-long special aired on all three networks from 1-2PM EDT on Saturday, May 2nd, 1965. Each network covered the special with their own news anchor: Bob Young for ABC, Mike Wallace for CBS, and Frank McGee for NBC.

Hopefully at least one of the networks has a copy of “This Is Early Bird.” If not, perhaps the BBC does. It also aired in other parts of Europe as well as Canada and Mexico. Archival Television Audio, Inc. has in its collection audio from the CBS broadcast.

This particular Close-Up is from the Eastern New England Edition of TV Guide. No channel listings were included because the special aired on all three networks.

Image Credit:
TV Guide, May 1st, 1965 (Vol. 13, No. 18), Eastern New England Edition, A-19

1 Comment

  • Patrick McNamara says:

    You really expect the BBC to have a copy? They’re notorious for erasing Doctor Who tapes. I would think it’s more likely one of the networks have it in it’s vaults. I would hope the Paley Center has a copy.

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