Dealing with drug addiction in Vancouver
• Pierre Berton called the show "the daddy of all the information shows like 60 Minutes, The Journal or The Fifth Estate. They all owe their life to Close-Up."
• Many episodes of Close-Up were one-on-one interviews with thinkers, political figures, writers and celebrities such as George Chuvalo. The show also tackled social issues such as racism, divorce, nuclear warfare, birth control and universal health care.
• In creating Close-Up, producer Ross McLean once said his goal was to create a program with "information masquerading as entertainment."
• A Toronto Daily Star review of this episode of the show said: "Drug addiction, crime and life generally on the skid row of Vancouver has been more than adequately covered by radio and TV in recent years. There is a fine line between sociological investigation and exploitation of misery for sensational effect and in the case of Vancouver's underworld I think the line has just about disappeared."
• Jack Webster was a seasoned journalist who immigrated to Canada from Scotland in 1947. He was the Vancouver correspondent for Close-Up and later for the CBC's This Hour Has Seven Days. He was also a regular guest panellist on Front Page Challenge, but his steadiest job was as a popular open-line host for 27 years on both radio and television in British Columbia. He retired in 1987 and died in 1999.
Broadcast Date: May 13, 1959
Guest(s): Douglas Denham, Robert Halliday, Glen McDonald, Al Shepard
Host: J. Frank Willis
Reporter: Jack Webster
Last updated: July 17, 2013
Page consulted on December 6, 2013
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